- December 06, 2017
On December 6, 2017, the Aspen Institute Germany hosted a panel discussion on the future of transatlantic relations. The focus of the discussion was placed on the transatlantic manifesto “In Spite of It All, America”, an essay written by experts of different Berlin transatlantic think tanks, with the aim of revitalizing and reviving transatlantic relations. Dr. Tobias Lindner (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen), Michael Link (FDP), and Norbert Röttgen (CDU), all members of the newly elected German Bundestag as well as Jan Techau, director of the Richard C. Holbrooke Forum at the American Academy in Berlin, discussed the manifest with regards to U.S. and German trade, security, climate, energy and digital policies. In an open and interesting discussion, it became apparent that all panelist agreed on the matter that the geopolitical situation is changing drastically and that Germany has a responsibility to solidify its position not only as a nation but also as a member of international institutions such as the European Union and NATO.