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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

The Ukrainian Crisis: A Test for Europe’s DiplomacyApril 23, 2014 / Michael LeighEvents in Ukraine have posed an incredible challenge to the European Union. In this France24 interview, Michael Leigh analyzes the developments in Ukraine from an EU point of view.
Transatlantic Academy Releases Collection of Essays on NSA, Russia and Ukraine, Energy, TurkeyApril 14, 2014Revelations of U.S. spying have badly damaged German trust in the United States, but Russia’s annexation of Crimea is likely to strengthen transatlantic relations, several prominent scholars argue in a new publication from the Transatlantic Academy, in a collection of commentaries called “The State of the Transatlantic World 2014.”

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Transatlantic Security Task Force

The GMF Transatlantic Security Task Force (TSTF) brings together a group of high-level American 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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YTN event on India’s ElectionsApril 24, 2014On April 23, the German Marshall Fund’s (GMF) Young Transatlantic Network and the U.S Mission to the EU hosted a roundtable discussion with GMF Senior Fellow Daniel Twining on “India's Democratic Test: What is the Future for Regional and Transatlantic Relations?’’
U.S. Foreign Policy Series: Visit of Prof. Colin Kahl in ParisApril 23, 2014From Thursday, April 11th to Tuesday, April 15th, the Paris Office of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, in partnership with the Embassy of the United States in France, organized a series of event with Dr. Colin Kahl, associate professor in the Security Studies Program in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and senior fellow at the Center for A New American Security (CNAS).
Migration Strategy Group Conference: Competing for Labor in a Mobile WorldApril 16, 2014The Migration & Society Program of the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) in cooperation with the Robert Bosch Stiftung held a conference on “Competing for Labor in a Mobile World: Triple-Win Thinking in Current Labor Migration Policies.” The conference focused on the current challenges Germany and other countries face in the global competition for labor.
Inclusive Leadership Programs: Advancing Disability Rights in the Transatlantic ContextApril 15, 2014Most recently on April 8, the German Marshall Fund hosted a leadership, diversity and inclusion best practices exchange titled “The Digital Frontier: Widening Access for People with Disability” to share innovative, inclusive leadership strategies across the Atlantic.

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Brussels Forum ViewsMarch 17, 2014

The 2014 Brussels Forum is built around the theme of “A World in Transition.”

Speed Bumps and Accelerators: Emerging Issues in Transatlantic Border ManagementMarch 11, 2014 / Patryk Pawlak

This policy paper looks at some of the most pressing challenges to border management policies in the transatlantic area.