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Welcoming approx.150 guests: Bruce Jones, Vice President and Director of the Foreign Policy Program at The Brookings Institution ...
 
... and Christian Hänel, Head of International Relations America and Asia at the Robert Bosch Stiftung.
 
The conference began with a panel discussion on "The Future of Europe."
 
The event was hosted by Tom Wright, Director of the Center on the US and Europe (CUSE) at The Brookings Institution.
 
Robert Bosch Senior Fellow at Brookings, Constanze Stelzenmüller: "The transatlantic partnership is playing a minor role during the German elections, but this is going to change again soon."
 
Kemal Kirisci, Senior Fellow and Director of the Turkey Project at Brookings, shared concerns that "Turkey could slowly inch away further from the West."
 
Celia Belin, Visiting Fellow, The Brookings Institution: "President Macron won the French elections with a clearly pro-European campaign; but now he will have to make political progress."
 
William Drozdiak, Nonresident Senior Fellow and Senior Advisor for Europe at McLarty Associates: "We must make sure that people outside of the currency union don’t feel like second-class European citizens."
 
Brookings President Strobe Talbott and Victoria Nuland, former Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia at the U.S. State Department, then discussed the current challenges for the global role of the West.
 
Strobe Talbott summed up the event by calling the audience to action: "Let's make globalization great again!"