GMF News: Brussels Forum 2009 wrap-up, briefing Obama's Europe trip, German-U.S. Russia engagement
April 7, 2009
Brussels Forum wraps up; Video, audio, transcripts available
From March 20-22, Brussels Forum brought together influential North American and European political, corporate, and intellectual leaders to address the pressing challenges currently facing both sides of the Atlantic, from the financial crisis to Afghanistan, climate change to Russia. Robert Zoellick, Sergey Lavrov, Javier Solana, Jose-Manuel Barroso, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, Radoslaw Sikorski, Peter MacKay, and a 12-member U.S. congressional delegation led by Sens. Casey (D-PA) and Bennett (R-UT) participated. You can watch archived sessions on the Brussels Forum website. As preparation for Brussels Forum, GMF released a series of Brussels Forum Papers by distinguished scholars that tackle themes related to Brussels Forum sessions.
Click on a headline below to read about the panel highlights from Brussels Forum 2009:
NATO Sec Gen: Leaders should refocus NATO goals at summit
NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said that 60 years after its conception NATO must be reexamined to ensure its ability to guard against a growing number of threats, including energy shortages and climate change.
Almunia: Joint E.U. stimulus package possible
Speaking at Brussels Forum, European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs Joaquin Almunia said that joint stimulus package could not be ruled out to help cash-strapped countries.
McCain knocks “minimalist” approach to the war in Afghanistan
At Brussels Forum, U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) strongly encouraged Europeans to join the United States in ending the war in Afghanistan, not only to deliver long-promised peace to the Afghan people, but to ensure that terrorist factions do not wreck more havoc on the Western World.
Brazil FM Amorim urges G20 members to link financial crisis recovery, climate control
Brazilian Minister of External Relations Celso Amorim said today that G20 members must address the global financial crisis at its upcoming summit while also looking ahead to climate change goals that are expected to be discussed in Copenhagen later this year.
Holbrooke calls for increase in Afghan police force
Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke, the U.S. special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, advocated for an increase in the Afghan police force while speaking at Brussels Forum.
Zoellick: Global economy will shrink 1-2% in 2009
Speaking at Brussels Forum, World Bank President Bob Zoellick warned that the global economy will shrink 1% to 2%, and that the current unregulated stimulus plans around the world will result in another crash.
Lavrov: European security should be restructured
Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov said that his country will continue to push for a new or revised transatlantic security compact and also emphasized the need for agreement among world leaders on how best to handle Iran and other security hot spots.
Barroso: U.S., EU should avoid protectionism
On the opening night of Brussels Forum,European Commission President José Manuel Barroso told participants that the United States and the European Union must steer clear of protectionist policies going into the G20 Summit in London.
Press briefing ahead of Obama's trip to Europe
On March 27, GMF held a briefing for reporters in Washington, DC, on President Barack Obama's trip to Euorpe on April 1. Obama will travel to Europe for the first time as President of the United States to attend the G20 Summit, the NATO Summit, and for a presidential visit to Turkey. Audio and transcript is now available.
How to engage Russia: A German-American conversation
On March 10, the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) hosted a panel discussion on "How to engage Russia: A German-American conversation," featuring Gert Weisskirchen, member of the German Parliament and spokesman on foreign affairs of the Social Democratic Party-Group; and Stephen Sestanovich, George F. Kennan senior fellow for Russian and Eurasian studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.
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