How are European countries standing up for their own interests in dealing with the USA? This was the topic of discussion among foreign policy experts at an event hosted jointly by The Brookings Institution and the Robert Bosch Stiftung as part of a wider initiative. Other issues discussed included Russian aggression, trade, immigration, and relations with the USA.
For Strobe Talbott there was no doubt as to the most pressing transatlantic challenge and danger to the EU: "We are in the midst of a new cold war with Russia," he said, referring both to the demonstrations of military power and the massive cyberattacks, which Western intelligence services considered a key element of President Vladimir Putin’s anti-EU approach. Mocking the current US president’s campaign slogan, Talbott’s closing words were: "Let’s make globalization great again!"
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!"