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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

Big Challenges Ahead for the EUOctober 29, 2014 / Daniela Schwarzer Last week, the European Parliament approved the new European Commission led by Jean-Claude Juncker, which constitutes the new executive branch of the European Union.
To Innovate or Protect?October 28, 2014 / Guillaume Xavier-BenderIt was during a recent dinner discussion in the heart of the European Union quarter of Brussels that one of the guests asked the American keynote speaker: “Have you ever decided not to innovate, not to create a wonderful technology, because you could not find a way to meet the standards that you set yourself in protecting the privacy of those who would be using this new technology?”

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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.

Events More

Senator Murphy Visits BelgradeOctober 27, 2014The Balkan Trust for Democracy, a project of the GMF, in partnership with the Lugar Diplomacy Institute, hosted a luncheon discussion on issues of paramount concern to Serbia and the Balkan region on the occasion of United States Senator Christopher Murphy’s (D - CT) October 15th Europe subcommittee of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 2012.
YTN DC – A Conversation with Italian Ambassador Claudio BisognieroOctober 21, 2014On October 14, the German Marshall Fund of the United States’ (GMF) Washington, DC chapter of its Young Transatlantic Network (YTN) hosted Italian Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero for a candid, off-the-record conversation on Italy's role in Europe and the future of the transatlantic relationship.
Countering Terrorism: Transatlantic Approaches to a Global ChallengeOctober 17, 2014On October 15, the Brussels office of the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), in cooperation with the U.S. Mission to the EU and the Université Libre de Bruxelles, hosted a panel discussion on transatlantic approaches to counter-terrorism. The speakers were the Honorable John Bellinger III, a partner at Arnold & Porter LLC; Dr. Christiane Höhn, advisor to the EU counter-terrorism coordinator at the Council of the European Union, and Dr. Anne Weyembergh, a professor at the Université Libre de Bruxelles and president of its Institute for European Studies.
Potential Disruptors of Transatlantic Security: Turning Threats into Opportunities for Security Cooperation-Working Session July 10th & 11th, 2014October 16, 2014On July 10th and 11th, the German Marshall fund of the United States (GMF), in partnership with Airbus Group and in association with the Canadian government, organized the second working session of the Transatlantic Security Task Force 2014 program.

Publications More

Changing the Narrative and Setting the Conditions for More Responsible Security Operations: A Policy PrimerOctober 22, 2014 / Daniel Fata

This policy brief explains the limits of corporate influence over host nations with regard to the
human rights standards of their security forces.

Atlantic Currents: An Annual Report on Wider Atlantic Perspectives and PatternsOctober 17, 2014 / Ian Lesser, Karim El Aynaoui, Memory Dube, Peter Draper, Eckart Woertz, Kristine Berzina, Andrés Serbín, Amadou Sy, Adriana Erthal Abdenur, Esther Brimmer, Karim El Mokri

This publication charts key developments affecting the future of Atlantic societies.