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The 27 members of the European Union have engaged in an ongoing experiment in supranational governance. Each country must navigate the path between contributing to the EU and retaining its national sovereignty, and these growing pains will continue throughout the implementation of the Lisbon Treaty. In addition, the Union’s success has had an undeniable influence on the countries in its immediate neighborhood, attracting even more countries to seek membership. Managing developments inside the EU, while simultaneously managing expectations among those on the outside, presents numerous challenges and few, if any, easy answers.

The strength and size of the transatlantic relationship demand that allies on both sides of the Atlantic work to find ways to deepen understanding and cooperation in history’s most successful alliance. As the European Union is a vital component in the pursuit of global security and economic stability, GMF explores the role of this supranational organization in transatlantic relations and global affairs.

GMF News & Analysis

GMF’s Lesser: US-Turkey bilateral ties remain troubledSeptember 15, 2014 / Ian LesserWhile US Secretary of State John Kerry was on a trip through the Middle East and Europe recently to gather commitments of support against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) -- which now calls itself the Islamic State (IS) -- from US allies, he also lobbied Turkish leaders, highlighting the country's strategic importance to the US.
Russia challenges post-Cold War orderSeptember 10, 2014 / Karen DonfriedDiverging views on global matters between the West and Russia in a new poll don’t signal the advent of a new Cold War, German Marshall Fund president Karen Donfried tells DW. But there is still cause for concern.

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Transatlantic Security Task Force

The GMF Transatlantic Security Task Force (TSTF) brings together a group of high-level U.S. and European security experts, officials, and strategic thinkers to explore the security priorities for transatlantic cooperation.

Transatlantic Leadership Initiatives

GMF's Transatlantic Leadership Initiatives offer fellowship programs and leadership development opportunities that help TLI alumni expand their networks, gain unique access to GMF’s policy expertise, and think, engage, and act globally.

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The Euroatlantic Integration of UkraineSeptember 15, 2014On September 12, GMF’s Berlin office hosted Eugene Czolij, president of the Ukrainian World Congress, for a roundtable discussion on the future of Ukraine.
Transatlantic Trends 2014: Paris Launch EventSeptember 12, 2014On September 10th, 2014, the Paris Office of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, in association with the French Representation of the European Commission, organized a public launch event for the release of the Transatlantic Trends 2014.
Warsaw Launch of Transatlantic Trends 2014September 11, 2014On September 10, GMF’s Warsaw office hosted a public event launching the 2014 edition of the Transatlantic Trends. The presentation was delivered by Michał Baranowski, director of the GMF Warsaw office, and the panel discussion included interventions from: Mr. Matthew Bryza, former U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state, director of the International Center for Defense Studies; Mr. Paweł Kowal, former member of the European Parliament, Polska Razem; and Dr. Olaf Osica, director of the Center for Eastern Studies.
The Transatlantic Relationship at a Crossroads: A Conversation with Karen DonfriedSeptember 10, 2014On September 23, the German Marshall Fund of the United States will launch the Washington, DC chapter of its Young Transatlantic Network by hosting GMF President Karen Donfried for a discussion on transatlantic affairs.

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Turkey’s Turn Toward the EU: Superficial or Real?September 12, 2014 / Diba Nigar Göksel

This policy brief argues that Turkish leaders need to do more to prove to Europe they are ready for real democratic reforms.

Rethinking NATO’s Strategy in A Changing World: Recommendations for the Next NATO Secretary GeneralSeptember 10, 2014 / Alexandra de Hoop Scheffer, Bruno Lété

This policy brief offers suggestions for how NATO can best adapt to face international security challenges.