Atlantik-Brücke, that connection across the Atlantik, can be crossed 365 days a year, in any political climate, from both sides. That makes it especially valuable for the transatlantic partnership, today as well as tomorrow.

Reiner Hoffmann, Chairman of the German Confederation of Trade Unions (DGB)


Freedom is as important today as it was 50 years ago. I believe that the Atlantic community, the Atlantik-Brücke, needs to be the central link in America's foreign policy.

Robert B. Zoellick, President of the World Bank 2007-2012

Jürgen Fitschen

Globalization has expanded mankind’s economic and political freedoms. Preserving and making sensible use of these freedoms requires increased mutual understanding. A model for the activities that advance this understanding is, for me, Atlantik-Brücke, which has for decades been a means for successful exchange between Germany and the United States.

Jürgen Fitschen, Member of the Board, Deutsche Bank AG (2012-2016)

Admiral James G. Stavridis

These meetings, with the mix of military, politicians, business leaders, think tanks and media that Atlantik-Brücke brings, continue to create important venues for honest dialogue required to keep our Atlantik-Bridge strong. We are in fact stronger together.

Admiral James G. Stavridis, Supreme Allied Commander Europe; Commander, United States European Command 2009-2013

Kai Diekmann

Bridges are formed by words and deeds – bridges need solid pillars. The transatlantic alliance is one of the most important of our time. For nearly 60 years Atlantik-Brücke has achieved solidarity, understanding and exchange and continues to be a cornerstone in modern economy, politics and media. It is an honor to be a part of it.

Kai Diekmann, Publisher, BILD-Group 2001-2017

George H. W. Bush

Bridges don‘t just appear – they need to be artfully designed, carefully built, and constantly maintained. Otherwise, they won‘t serve a need, or they are in danger of creeping corrosion or sudden collapse. Atlantik-Brücke – that bridge across the Atlantic conceived and constructed fifty years ago – has stood the test of hard times and rough weather.

George H.W. Bush, President of the United States of America 1989-1993


Even in a time of ever-advancing globalization, Europe and America are connected by a set of common values. This community of values is more than 'just' healthy economic cooperation across the Atlantic. We share with America the conviction that democracy and human rights are the values that we wish to advocate worldwide. It is to this task that Atlantik-Brücke is and will remain committed.

Friedrich Merz, Chairman, Atlantik-Brücke e.V.


Germany and the United States are able to look back on a long and close friendship. These close ties are kept alive through open and trusting dialog, for which Atlantik-Brücke offers the perfect framework.

Dr. Andreas Dombret, Member of the Board, Deutsche Bundesbank


Government relations are always, or usually, conducted with a specific goal in mind. Institutions like Atlantik-Brücke permit one to meet in a less constrained manner and deal with long-range objectives. It is not a substitute for government relations, but it can be an important supplement.

Dr. Henry A. Kissinger, U.S. Secretary of State, 1973-1977


Over the past 60 years, Atlantik-Brücke has created an opportunity for Germans to stay focused on the importance of the transatlantic relationship.

Ambassador Robert M. Kimmitt, Chairman, American Council on Germany


Our vibrant trans-Atlantic relationship is not an inherited trait; its value needs to be transmitted from one generation to the next. And in that respect, organizations like the Atlantik-Brücke play a very special role.

John B. Emerson, Ambassador of the United States of America to Germany 2013-2017


For sixty years now, Atlantik-Brücke has been dedicated to building bridges between the people of the United States and Germany. Its strong network of active members provides ongoing opportunities to bring the United States and Europe closer together, and its Young Leaders program is inspiring a new generation of transatlanticists to continue carrying forward the legacy of our strong German-American friendship.

Hillary Rodham Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State 2009-2013


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