- December 09, 2020
On December 9, 2020, the Aspen Institute Germany hosted a virtual discussion on Why Trade Matters! The Future of Transatlantic Economic Relations with Daniel Andrich, General Manager, American Chamber of Commerce in Germany e.V.; Dr. Christina Gommlich, Deputy Head of Berlin Office, Corporate Government Relations, BASF SE; Dr. F.- Hans Grandin, CEO, HUESKER Synthetic GmbH and HUESKER Group; andPeter Riehle, President & CEO, Head of Region AMERICAS, WITTENSTEIN US. Frank Sportolari, President, American Chamber of Commerce in Germany e.V., delivered welcome remarks and Annett Meiritz, US Correspondent in Washington DC, Handelsblatt, moderated this discussion.
Businesses invested in transatlantic trade and multilateral trade relations not only create sustainable jobs and economic growth, but also support the urgently needed reliability and stability within the transatlantic partnership. Once president-elect Joe Biden takes office on January 20th, the future of the trade relationship between the United States and the European Union will be decisively impacted. Against this background, the panelists discussed whether trade barriers and tariffs between the US and the EU would be reduced under President Biden and how the international trading system could be strengthened again to enable free and rule-based trade. The panelists further discussed a transatlantic response to the trade conflict with China and prospects for a new green economy to tackle climate change.
This event is part of the virtual Road to Election Night & Beyond, which the Aspen Institute Germany organizes in cooperation with several Berlin-based transatlantic institutions and political foundations. More information on the event series can be found here: https://landing.berlin-election-night.de.