• 5 April 2016 - 7 April 2016

    Policy Program | Second Aspen Transatlantic Workshop: "Ideas wanted! Rebuilding trust in democracy... and the European idea"
    The Aspen Institute Germany hosted its Second Aspen Transatlantic Workshop in Berlin from April 5-7, 2016. The workshop brought together more than 50 experts and decision makers from Europe and the U.S. from politics, business, media, and academia including 14 staffers from the US Congress and German Bundestag. Dedicated to the topic “Ideas wanted! Rebuilding trust in democracy … and the European idea”, participants discussed current challenges to liberal democracy, the rise of populism and what this means in a digital age. The conversations centered in particular on the questions: “What place for Islam in a secular Europe?”, “How to deal with autocratic governments?” and “Can Europe survive without American leadership?” which were addressed in three breakout groups. The concluding high-level panel on “The refugee crisis and its repercussions for Europe” with representatives from Hungary, Sweden, Turkey, as well as the European Commission and the German Federal Foreign Office offered diverse insights from different national and European perspectives.