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.
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Programs & Projects moreTransatlantic 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 MoreJapan-Europe, New Frontiers of Security CooperationDecember 16, 2014On December 10th, the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) hosted Tomohiko Taniguchi, special advisor to the cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe; Akiko Fukushima, senior fellow at the Tokyo Foundation; and Gilles Vander Ghinst, head of contact countries in the global partners section at NATO; for an expert roundtable discussion on new frontiers of security cooperation between Japan, Europe, and NATO.New Prospects for the Eastern Mediterranean and the Cyprus ProblemDecember 15, 2014On Tuesday, December 9th, 2014, the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) hosted a roundtable discussion with Ambassador Andreas Mayroyiannis, chief negotiator for the Greek Cypriot community in inter-communal talks aimed at a settlement of the problem of the division of the island. Transatlantic Energy Priorities and Avenues for CooperationDecember 15, 2014On December 11, 2014, the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) hosted a workshop in Washington, DC, as part of the Central and Eastern European Energy Security Forum (CEE ESF) project titled “Transatlantic Energy Priorities and Avenues for Cooperation.”At the Center of the Storm: Turkey between Europe & the Middle East – A Conversation with Ambassador Marc GrossmanDecember 12, 2014On December 9, the German Marshall Fund of the United States’ (GMF) Washington, DC chapter of its Young Transatlantic Network (YTN) hosted Ambassador Marc Grossman for a candid, off-the-record conversation on Turkey and its evolving role between Europe and the Middle East.
Publications MoreGermany’s Pivotal Role on the Way to TTIPNovember 13, 2014 / Peter Sparding
This policy paper recommends ways that Germany can play a constructive role in building support for TTIP.The Lasting Impact of the Helsinki ProcessNovember 11, 2014 / Martin Sletzinger
This policy brief praises the Helsinki Final Act for holding governments accountable for the way they treat their populations.