Feb 28

Past Event

Transatlantic Ties for a New Generation: Why They Are Important and What We Need To Do About Them

A Statesman’s Forum with Frank-Walter Steinmeier, German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs



  • German FM: Transatlantic Trade Partnership a Huge Opportunity

    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier: Our single biggest lever of opportunity is the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. It's not just about trade, investment and jobs, it's about setting standards for how we treat each other and our planet.

  • German FM: Not Here to Pass Judgment on Edward Snowden

    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier: I'm not here to pass judgment on Edward Snowden but one thing is clear: the practices he revealed have tested the trust of America's friends to an extent where it threatens to get in the way of all the other tasks and all the other opportunities that we have.

  • German FM: On Young Ukrainians' Dreams

    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier: Young people, including many on the Maidan in Kyiv, dream of opportunity, fairness, freedom and democracy. Europe, the U.S. and Russia should help provide Ukraine with stability, political as well as economic, rather than pulling it further apart.


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The transatlantic partnership—underpinned by a comprehensive set of democratic, strategic, economic and cultural ties—has been the foundation of global security for over two generations. However, as the world becomes more globalized and multipolar in the digital age, some on both sides of the Atlantic have begun to question the enduring value of this alliance, especially among the younger generations.

On February 28, the Center on the United States and Europe (CUSE) at Brookings hosted Frank-Walter Steinmeier for a Statesman’s Forum address on the value of transatlantic relations for future generations. In his remarks, the minister made the case that in the era of “big data” Western cohesion remains more critical than ever. He also explored how Europe and the United States must continue to develop their strategic partnership to ensure that civil rights are protected and to clarify what rules apply in the future to both governments and businesses.

Frank-Walter Steinmeier was appointed as Germany’s federal minister for foreign affairs for a second term in December 2013. He previously served as chair of the Social Democratic Party parliamentary group, and he was deputy chancellor of Germany from November 2007 to October 2009. His first term as German foreign minister was from 2005 to 2009.

Brookings President Strobe Talbott provided introductory remarks. Fiona Hill, director of CUSE, is moderated the discussion.

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February 28, 2014

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM EST

Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Avenue NW


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