Overcoming Transatlantic Division
As COVID-19 spread across the European continent and the United States, divergent national responses proved to be yet another reminder of fraying transatlantic ties, says the president of the German Marshall Fund.
After years of mutual grievance over defense spending, trade and more, the pandemic made clear just how bad relations between the United States and Europe had become. But it also made clear another reality: that transatlantic cooperation is essential to finding effective solutions to shared challenges -- for both sides of the Atlantic and for the world.
That was the conclusion of a transatlantic task force, organized by the German Marshall Fund of the United States and the Bundeskanzler-Helmut-Schmidt-Stiftung, that I co-chaired with Wolfgang Ischinger, Chair of the Munich Security Conference. Following deliberations with a diverse set of 14 task force members from both sides of the Atlantic, we proposed a spectrum of concrete policy recommendations in response to six challenges critical to our shared future: Pandemics, economic recovery, climate, China, technology, and security. These are issues that transcend national borders. These challenges cannot be successfully dealt with alone. They can only be resolved through sustained and cooperative international action.