YTN Belgrade: Germany: The Reluctant Leader of Europe - Insight into Transatlantic Relations
- Gordana Delic, Director, Balkan Trust for Democracy, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
- Thomas Kleine-Brockhoff, Vice President, Director Europe Program and Director Berlin Office, The German Marshall Fund of The United States
- Tijana Kljajevic, Program Coordinator, Balkan Trust for Democracy, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
The working language of this event is English.
In the light of 70 year of Marshall plan and provoked by recently published GMF transatlantic manifesto, with various crisis emerging throughout the world it is the right time to open a debate on transatlantic relations with special insight from the post-election Germany.
The liberal world order with its foundation in multilateralism is in danger. Europe that we were promoting and advocating for until recently will follow a different script, especially having in mind challenges that we are facing: the impact and implications after Brexit, migration and refugee challenges, questions of common security and defense, economic issues, etc.
Despite of different views about the extent of the EU role in addressing transatlantic issues, a common ground on which the European values are advocated for must be reached. Macron’s success and post-election Germany promises for Europe although encouraging, leaves us with many questions, both internal and external. At the same time in Western Balkan countries, as in the EU member states, the whole EU project is being questioned and at the lowest point of public support in decades.
In light of the German coalition negotiations, Thomas Kleine-Brockhoff will discuss the future of European and Western order from a German perspective. In particular, he will be considering the following questions:
How can the EU be stabilized and reformed? Will the new German government help to tackle the three most urgent issues: (a) Eurozone reform, (b) Schengen zone reform, and (c) Brexit? How can Europe and the new German government, in particular, manage the transatlantic partnership during the Trump presidency? How can Europe find the mutual language with the Trump Administration on matters like trade and security, having in mind recent rhetoric’s coming from both sides of Atlantic?
Thomas Kleine-Brockhoff is vice president at the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) where he oversees the organization’s activities in Germany and leads the Europe Program. Prior to joining GMF, he served as an advisor to Joachim Gauck, the president of Germany. From 2013-17, he oversaw policy planning and speechwriting for the president.
Before joining the President’s staff in Berlin, Kleine-Brockhoff spent 12 years in Washington, DC, including a prior six-year stint at GMF where he led work about the implications of the European financial crisis. A member of GMF’s senior management team since 2007, Kleine-Brockhoff was responsible for strategic projects and, until 2011, oversaw GMF policy programs and globalization projects.
Before arriving at GMF, Kleine-Brockhoff served as the Washington bureau chief of DIE ZEIT, Germany’s intellectual weekly.
If you have any questions, please contact Tijana Kljajevic at firstname.lastname@example.org.