Both Federal Minister of Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier and new U.S. Ambassador Richard Grenell were guests at Atlantik-Brücke’s annual meeting on June 28.
In his speech to some 200 members, the Minister set out his views on questions of trade and tariffs between the United States and the European Union:
“We must resolve the outstanding trade issues between Europe and the United States as quickly as possible, even if we do not agree with the American President on all points.” Altmaier underlined that he had established close and good working relations with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. He expressed confidence in the progress of the negotiations.
„I thank Atlantik-Brücke for its commitment to not let transatlantic relations come undone.”Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier
The Minister stressed that the open and constructive exchange with the USA was more urgent than ever, precisely because of the current challenges: “I thank Atlantik-Brücke for its commitment to not let transatlantic relations come undone. There is a danger of emotional alienation between our countries, which would also cause us to grow apart on economic and political issues in the long run. That would be a big mistake.” (Read Minister Altmaier’s entire speech in German »here)
Ambassador Richard Grenell attended the subsequent get-together of Atlantik Brücke members in the garden of the Magnus Haus as a guest of honor. The Ambassador spoke about the trade conflict, but also about the common future in NATO and his time at the United Nations.
“We have to work hard every single day to maintain this transatlantic foundation.”Friedrich Merz
In welcoming the Ambassador, the Chairman of the Atlantik-Brücke, Friedrich Merz, emphasized the need for active efforts to promote transatlantic relations: “Ultimately, Germany, the European Union and the United States still share the same fundamental values and interests, and both continents will benefit if we manage to work together closely. But we have to work hard every single day to maintain this transatlantic foundation.” (You can read Friedrich Merz’s full speech »here)