Six Months into the Biden Presidency: Transatlantic Trends and Aspirations

KAS USA / ACG Online Symposium

With the election of Joe Biden, there is a strong desire on both sides of the Atlantic to repair and revitalize transatlantic relations. Leaders in Germany and the United States recognize that the combined power and influence of the EU and the United States is indispensable for global cooperation on a range of issues including defense and security, climate change, trade and investment, health and digitalization.


To mark the first six months of the Biden administration, the American Council on Germany (ACG) and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Washington, DC will hold a series of five virtual events over the course of one week and will focus on the direction of the new U.S. administration in key areas such as climate policy, international security, and post-COVID economic recovery, with a view to the exploration of how Europe and the United States can better collaborate on these issues.


You can register for each event individually. Please find the links below!



July 19: Measuring the Pulse: What’s the Status of Transatlantic Relations Six Months In?

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Soon after taking office, the President Biden brought the United States back to the Paris Climate Agreement. The new administration has also taken steps to return to the Iran nuclear deal and de-escalate transatlantic trade tensions. Nevertheless, there are contentious issues where Europe and the United States do not see eye to eye. In this 90-minute discussion, politicians and policy experts will assess the areas of collaboration – and also the sticking points – between Washington and Europe. 

July 20 - Session 1: Common Security and Defense Policy: What’s at Stake?

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Geopolitical challenges continue to confront the transatlantic alliance ranging from Russia’s continued aggressions in Ukraine to China’s military build-up and pressure on Taiwan to President Biden’s decision to remove American troops from Afghanistan by September of this year. How can Europe and the United States get on the same page to effectively deal with these issues?

July 20 - Session 2: Climate Change Policy: Can the United States be a Credible Leader?

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President Biden reentered the United States in the Paris Climate Agreement and appointed former Secretary of State John Kerry as his Climate Envoy to signal that climate change is the greatest long-term challenge confronting the U.S. and the world. Additionally, his proposed infrastructure plan includes more than $300 billion to efforts to curb climate change. How may these steps lead to greater transatlantic cooperation on efforts to mitigate the impact of climate change?

July 21 - Session 1: Post-Covid Economic Recovery: Is Infrastructure the Answer?

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President Biden has proposed a $2 trillion infrastructure plan that he states will upgrade roads, bridges, and water systems, expand digital access and broadband, hasten a shift to clean energy, and create millions of jobs. The EU’s $800 billion Recovery Fund also focuses on addressing climate change and the digital transformation as part of its economic recovery plan. What impact will these efforts have on the recovery and are there opportunities for transatlantic cooperation?


July 21 - Session 2: Global Trade and Investment: Do Economic Ties Still Bind Europe and the U.S.?

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The transatlantic economy remains the most important in the world comprising one-third of the world’s GDP, $6.2 trillion in commercial sales, 61 percent of inward FDI and 64 percent of outward FDI, as well as 27 percent of global exports and 32 percent of world imports. Currently, the U.S. economy is running on all cylinders with a forecast of 6-7 percent real GDP growth this year, while the Eurozone is still suffering. Greater cooperation could help the transatlantic community together recover better and faster.


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