- January 20, 2022
- May 29, 2023
January 20, 2022, marks the one-year anniversary of U.S. President Joseph Biden’s inauguration and a turning point in the transatlantic friendship. After four years of tension under the Trump administration, Joe Biden has sought to improve the strained transatlantic relations. Despite a sense of relief on this side of the Atlantic, the European partners do not always see eye to eye with the Biden administration. Can this friendship handle differing long-term strategies towards China and Russia? How can tensions such as those caused by AUKUS be evaded in the future? The Biden administration is facing pressing issues on the domestic front, too, with party infighting jeopardizing Biden’s agenda and disappointed voters demanding that he deliver on his ambitious promises.
To discuss these and more topics, Aspen Germany hosted a virtual press luncheon on Thursday, January 20, 2022, from 12:30 to 13:30 p.m. CET. Four (Berlin-based) journalists reporting for Germany, the United States, France, and Poland commented and discussed one year of President Biden in the White House. We were delighted to host Cécile Boutelet of Le Monde, Melissa Eddy of The New York Times, Dr. Christoph von Marschall of Der Tagesspiegel, and Bartosz Wieliński of Gazeta Wyborcza as the speakers for this virtual discussion. The press luncheon aimed to review the potential conflict points of the transatlantic friendship as well as grounds for continued future cooperation. Executive Director of Aspen Germany, Dr. Stormy Mildner, moderated the virtual panel. The 60-minute discussion was broadcast live via Zoom, recorded to be uploaded on Aspen Germany’s YouTube channel (Aspen Institute Germany – YouTube), and promoted via our social media platforms.