Germany and the United States share an unbreakable bond of friendship – this post-war certainty is increasingly put to a tough test. It is precisely for this reason that the Transatlantic Core Group deeply cares about rebuilding the relationship on a new foundation: Beyond traditional foreign and security policy discussions, leaders from the United States and Germany explore new areas of joint interest and possible collaboration.

They focus on innovative solutions to social and political challenges on both sides of the Atlantic. What does job training look like in the United States? Can the German dual education system also be applied in the States? What do Mexican immigrants in Chicago have in common with Syrian refugees in Hamburg?

The members of the Group, who work together for two years, co-create their agenda. They themselves drive the process and organize the conceptualization, planning, and execution of concrete projects. The goal is to gain a better understanding of common challenges, identify sustainable solutions, and revitalize the transatlantic partnership.

The BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt started the initiative in 2015 together with the Robert Bosch Foundation, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and the Atlantic Council. Every two years, the membership of the Transatlantic Core Group changes: The old team becomes part of the wider BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders Network and continues to pursue the projects they have initiated. The new team develops new ideas for concrete cooperation.

Past events
  • Hamburg
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    Apr
    30
    Apr
    2017
    Transatlantic Core Group

    Connected Cities

    Cities and communities in the United States and Germany are confronted with similar challenges. They play a pivotal role when it comes to finding solutions to global problems, such as, for example, climate change, digitization or migration. Additionally, cities serve as laboratories for social innovation and testing new approaches. This is why the Transatlantic Core Group (TCG) has created the concept of “Connected Cities” – to establish a transatlantic dialogue and to foster an exchange of best practices and ideas between professionals and municipal-level officials on both sides of the Atlantic. The first starting point of the concept is building a dialogue between the cities of Hamburg and Chicago on migration and social inclusion.