Atlantik-Brücke e.V. holds regular conferences, seminars, workshops and discussions as well as award presentations and ad-hoc meetings with opinion makers from Germany, the United States and Europe. Participation in the events is by invitation only, unless otherwise specified.

October 2019

12.10. - 19.10. - Miami, Charlotte, Raleigh, Washington, D.C.

Study trip with teachers from Saxony  to Miami, FL, Charlotte, NC, Raleigh, NC, and Washington, D.C.

This year’s trip is sponsored by the Joachim Herz Foundation and the Halle Foundation. The journey is carried out in cooperation with Saxony’s State Ministry for Culture and takes place within the framework of the Deutschlandjahr.

27.10. - 01.11. - Boston, MA & Washington, DC

As in previous years, this year’s delegation trip takes us not only to the political centre of the USA, to Washington, DC, but also to a second place where we want to better understand the political and economic developments of the country beyond the capital.

After our trip to Oklahoma in the American heartland last year, the Atlantik-Bruecke delegation will visit Boston this year. The capital of Massachusetts is an economically prosperous port city and, due to its proximity to Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is also an innovation center and a scientific and technological stronghold.


Past events

September 2019

17.09. - Frankfurt am Main
Transatlantic Dialogue at IAA
Welcome: Bernhard Mattes, VDA President / Keynote: Sigmar Gabriel, former Vice Chancellor; Atlantik-Brücke Chairman

A joint AmCham Germany, Atlantik-Brücke and VDA event.

Welcome: Bernhard Mattes, VDA President
Keynote: Sigmar Gabriel, former Vice Chancellor; Atlantik-Brücke Chairman

Panel Discussion on Chances in Transatlantic Cooperation
– Eckart von Klaeden, Vice President, Head of External Affairs, Daimler AG and Chair of Foreign Trade Committee at VDA
– Frank Riemensperger, AmCham Germany Vice President & Chairman Accenture Germany
– N.N., CEO of Automotive Supplier (tbc)
– Philipp Jung, Senior Vice President and Global Head of Customer Success, 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing, HP

Moderator: Roman Pletter, Deputy Head, Economics and Business Section, DIE ZEIT

16.09. - London
Lunch Discussion
Sigmar Gabriel, Atlantik-Brücke Chairman

After his election as the new chairman to Atlantik-Bruecke, Sigmar Gabriel will pay his first visit to Atlantik-Bruecke’s regional chapter in London. We look forward to a stimulating exchange of ideas on current challenges in European foreign policy.

Sigmar Gabriel is a member of the SPD faction in the German Parliament and has previously served as Federal Foreign Minister and Federal Minister of Economics in the cabinet of Chancellor Angela Merkel. The former chairman of the SPD is also author of the book “Zeitenwende in der Weltpolitik“.

»Link to the full biography of Sigmar Gabriel

05.09. - Frankfurt am Main
Frankfurt Summer Get-Together
Ambassador Stéphane Dion

Link to Ambassador Dion’s biography

6:30 pm: Start of the Summer Get-Together
6:45 pm: Welcome by the host Michael Klaus, Partner, Bankhaus Metzler
subsequently: Introduction and speech, His Excellency Stéphane Dion, Ambassador of Canada
7:45 pm: Drinks und fingerfood
approximately 10:00 pm: End of the Summer Get-Together

The Frankfurt Summer Get-Together givers members and Young Leaders Alumni the opportunity to gather after the summer break and ring in the second half of the year with thought-provoking ideas, good discussions and new encounters.

We thank Bankhaus Metzler very much for their generous hospitality.

June 2019

17.06. - London
Regionalgruppe London
Philip Collins, Columnist, The Times; Former Chief Speech Writer of Tony Blair

Philip Collins is a columnist for The Times and was the paper’s Chief Leader Writer for almost a decade. He served as Tony Blair’s Chief Speech Writer for five years, leaving Downing Street Number 10 on the same day as the former PM and penning his last speech in office. He now casts an insider’s eye over Westminster events as well as analysing what makes persuasive communication.

16.06. - 22.06. - Berlin, Dresden, Hamburg

Study trip through Germany for teachers from North Carolina

12.06. - Berlin
German-American Conference

The conference will debate the question: How can we strengthen resilience to deal with myriad disruptive domestic and inter-national threats in today’s interconnected global environment?

May 2019

02.05. - 04.05. - Niagara-on-the-Lake

Details to follow shortly.

April 2019

25.04. - New York
Roundtable Discussion
Jan Hatzius, Chief Economist and Head of Global Economics and Market Research, Goldman Sachs

Jan Hatzius is Goldman Sachs’ chief economist and head of Global Economics and Market Research. He is also a member of the Firmwide Conduct and Operational Risk Committee as well as the Global Investment Research Client and Business Standards Committee.

15.04. - Berlin
Dinner Discussion
Elbridge A. Colby, Director of the Defense Program, Center for a New American Security

The U.S. government has fundamentally changed its defense strategy to focus on great power competition, especially vis-à-vis China but also on the military threat from Russia to NATO’s Eastern member states. At the same time, the U.S. has called upon NATO member states to commit themselves to the 2 percent target.

February 2019

January 2019

19.01. - Berlin

Discussions, flash talks, networking, dinner and music.

David Deißner,
Executive Director, Atlantik-Brücke
Panel Discussion: Ethics of Artificial Intelligence – Algorithms in Civic Life and Infrastructure

with Julia Reuss, Chief of Staff, Office of Dorothee Bär, Government Commissioner for Digital Affairs, Federal Chancellery (YL 2018),
Bernd Reuther, MdB (FDP), Member of the Committee on Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Deutscher Bundestag (YL 2005),
Stefan Heumann, Member of the Executive Board, stiftung neue verantwortung & Member of the German Parliament’s Expert Commission on Artificial Intelligence,
and Robin Tech, Co-Founder and Managing Director, AtomLeap

Short break
U.S. Foreign Policy – and Europe’s Response – a Conversation with 
Omid Nouripour, MdB (Alliance 90/The Green Party), Foreign Policy Spokesperson of the Parliamentary Group and Board Member of Atlantik-Brücke

December 2018

08.12. - Berlin

Atlantik at Night is a festive and visible sign of the transatlantic partnership. We look forward to an unforgettable evening among friends with live music, dance, and good conversations.

November 2018

08.11. - Berlin
Vortrag & Diskussion
The Honorable Charlie Dent, former U.S. Representative, and the Honorable Mary L. Landrieu, former U.S. Senator

Former U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu and Charlie Dent, former Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, discuss the outcome of the Midterm Elections.

October 2018

29.10. - Washington, D.C., Berlin
Transatlantic Call
Dr. Charles Kupchan, Professor of International Affairs, and Dr. Daniel Pontzen, Correspondent Berlin Office, ZDF German TV

On November 6, the citizens of the United States of America elect all of the 435 seats of the House of Representatives and one third of the Senate’s seats. Will the Democratic Party succeed in regaining one of the chambers from the Republicans? What is the current state of Congress, especially with bipartisanship in crisis? Which are the most important legislative projects both for Republicans and Democrats over the next two years until the presidential election in 2020?

21.10. - 26.10. - Oklahoma City and Washington, DC

The delegation’s meetings in Washington, DC, will be about the administration’s positions on foreign and security policy as well as economic and financial policy. In Oklahoma, the focus will be on German companies and investments.

10.10. - Dresden
Dr. Johannes Beermann, Member of the Board, Deutsche Bundesbank and Michael Heinz, Vice President, Bell Flavors & Fragrances GmbH

This event is conducted in cooperation with AmCham Germany.

September 2018

18.09. - Ottawa, Berlin
Transatlantic Call
Dr. Ailish Campbell, Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Trade Commissioner, Global Affairs Canada

How far advanced is the process of ratification of CETA? Which successes in trade and investments can already be seen ? Does the treaty have a positive impact on other negotiations of bilateral and multilateral free trade agreements? We look forward to discussing these questions with Ailish Campbell.

12.09. - Frankfurt am Main
Julianne (Julie) Smith, Weizsäcker Fellow at the Bosch Academy, US Consul General in Frankfurt, Patricia Lacina

The Frankfurt Summer Party gives members and Young Leaders Alumni of Atlantik-Brücke an opportunity to meet after the summer break and kick off the second half of the year with thought-provoking ideas, good discussions and new encounters.

August 2018

11.08. - 17.08. - Neuhardenberg

June 2018

May 2018

07.05. - Washington, DC
German-American Conference

Over the past year, the traditionally strong alliance between the United States and Germany has weakened as both countries turned inward. Finding common ground has become increasingly more challenging, but it has also made transatlantic dialogue all the more important. This year’s conference will address the myriad issues facing the German-American partnership, from foreign policy to trade and taxation, and the effects of digital disruption in business, media, and security.

March 2018

15.03. - Berlin
Book Presentation
Professor Dr. Heinrich August Winkler

Professor Dr. Heinrich August Winkler talks with Friedrich Merz, Chairman, Atlantik-Brücke, about his new book “Zerbricht der Westen?”.

13.03. - Berlin
Breakfast Discussion
Frank Lavin, Chairman & CEO, Export Now, and former Under Secretary for International Trade, U.S. Department of Commerce

America is redefining its role in the world under the Trump presidency, and in Europe, too, the liberal international order is being challenged by new political parties previously on the fringes. Why do we see this desire to undo foundational aspects of Western foreign policy on both sides of the Atlantic?

09.03. - Frankfurt am Main
James W. Herman, US-Generalkonsul in Frankfurt am Main

Consul General James (Jim) Herman assumed charge of the U.S. Consulate General in Frankfurt in August 2015. Herman is a career Foreign Service Officer, with a rank of Minister Counselor. He is the Ambassador’s representative to the German states of Hessen, Rhineland-Palatinate, Baden-Württemberg, and Saarland. As such, he leads the largest U.S. consulate in the world.

08.03. - Berlin
Igor Levit, Pianist, & Thomas Hampson, Opera Singer

The Musikfestival Heidelberger Frühling and Atlantik-Brücke analyze the imminent alienation within the western community of shared values – as an exception not from the perspective of politics but from art’s perspective.

February 2018

28.02. - Berlin
Breakfast Discussion
Peter Rashish, Senior Fellow & Director of the Geoeconomics Program, American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS)

With the election of Donald Trump the American public chose a president who has a very critical stance on international trade. Where does that leave the EU as one of the U.S.’s major trading partners? Peter Rashish will look at President Trump’s trade policy approach and sort theory from practice.

15.02. - München

The discussion will provide an outlook on the forthcoming Munich Security Conference. Particular focus will be put on the challenges for the transatlantic partnership in 2018.

The event is a cooperation with KPMG AG.

15.02. - München
Ian Bremmer, President & Founder, Eurasia Group

The discussion will provide an outlook on the forthcoming Munich Security Conference. Particular focus will be put on the challenges for the transatlantic partnership in 2018.

13.02. - Berlin
Film Preview

Exclusive preview of Steven Spielberg’s new movie about the conflicts surrounding the publication of the Pentagon Papers in 1971.

January 2018

28.01. - 29.01. - Munich

A detailed program with further information will follow soon!

25.01. - Frankfurt am Main
Dr. Theodor Weimer, Deutsche Börse AG, Felix Hufeld, BaFin

Ten years ago, the last financial crisis reached its peak. Are we sufficiently prepared for another crisis or is the next crash only a matter of time?

20.01. - Königswinter

Western Values & the Future of Liberal Internationalism”
Discussion with:
Friedrich Merz, Chairman, Atlantik-Brücke
Professor Dr. Ludger Kühnhardt, Director of the Center for European Integration Studies (ZEI) at the University of Bonn

Flash Talks by:
Roland Werner, Head of Government Affairs & Policy, DACH, Uber Germany
Takis Würger, Reporter, Der Spiegel
Esra Kücük, Head of Gorki Forum & Member of the Board of Directors, Maxim Gorki Theater

Sebastian Asdonk
, CEO & Co-Founder, Hyperbole TV


December 2017

18.12. - New York
Discussion & Reception
Ambassador Dr. Christoph Heusgen, Permanent Representative of Germany to the UN, and Dr. Richard N. Haass, President, Council on Foreign Relations

In conversation with Friedrich Merz, Chairman of Atlantik-Brücke, Christoph Heusgen and Richard Haass look back at some of the pivotal moments in the transatlantic relationship in 2017, and debate the fate of multilateralism in 2018 and beyond.

12.12. - Berlin
Transatlantic Dialogue
John Frank, Microsoft, Peter Schaar, EAID, and Peter A. Winn, US Department of Justice

The Internet does not recognize national borders and challenges states to find modern solutions that respect both international law and national sovereignty.

05.12. - Berlin
Roundtable Discussion
Michael O’Hanlon, Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution

Join us for an evening discussion with Dr. Michael O’Hanlon from the Brookings Institution, who will offer an analysis of what the future of NATO and the European Security Order might look like and point to potential next steps for the transatlantic alliance. Has NATO expansion gone far enough? Does Europe need a new security architecture, or can the alliance meet today’s security needs while maintaining the fundamental principle of Article 5?

November 2017

15.11. - Berlin
Fireside Chat
Candice Morgan, Head of Inclusion & Diversity, Pinterest

In today’s workplace, diversity is more than just a buzzword; it’s a way to build a stronger business. In 2015, Silicon Valley’s Pinterest decided to set public, challenging goals to increase hiring rates of women and employees from underrepresented ethnic groups and discovered surprising benefits to the company.

14.11. -

Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman, Munich Security Conference
Andrey Kortunov, Director General, Russian International Affairs Council
Andrew S. Weiss, Vice President for Studies, Russia and Eurasia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Moderator: Katja Gloger, Author, STERN

Relations between Russia and the United States have been difficult for years. With the election of Donald Trump as President, a new start seemed possible until investigations into Russian influence in the US elections once again severely burdened bilateral relations. The relationship is now characterized by a demonstrative friendship between the presidents on one hand and sharp rhetorical confrontation in everyday foreign policy on the other.
In a global context, the Trump administration is seeking to reduce the United States’ international commitment under the motto “America First”, while Russia is increasingly asserting the claim to be a world power again. The political and economic interests of decision makers are subject to controversial debate on both sides of the Atlantic. The multi-faceted interests of Russia and the United States and their impact on the European Union will also be topic of the panel discussion in Munich on November 14.
The event takes place in cooperation with the German Society for Eastern European Studies and the Graduate School for Eastern and Southeastern European Studies (Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich / University of Regensburg).
We would like to thank the Carl Friedrich von Siemens Stiftung for their generous hospitality.
This event is for members and Young Leaders Alumni of Atlantik-Brücke as well as for selected guests.

10.11. -

Matthew Karnitschnig talks about the new reality in Germany and Europe – the rise of populism and right-wing extremism. What is the path forward, from the recent German elections, which saw the entry of Alternative für Deutschland taking third place, marking the first time in decades that a far right party has entered German Parliament? How will the EU navigate this and other crises?

Matthew Karnitschnig is POLITICO’s chief Europe correspondent, based in Berlin. He joined the publication in 2015 from the Wall Street Journal, where he spent 15 years in a variety of positions as a reporter and editor in the US and Europe. Karnitschnig was part of a team of Journal reporters that won a Gerald Loeb award and was named a Pulitzer finalist for National Reporting in 2009, and led the team that was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting in 2011 and won an Overseas Press Club award in 2012.

» Link to Matthew Karnitschnig’s biography

08.11. - 10.11. -
Professor Dr. Andreas Dombret

Speaker: Professor Dr. Andreas Dombret, Member of the Executive Board, Deutsche Bundesbank

Professor Dr. Andreas Dombret has been Member of the Executive Board of Deutsche Bundesbank since 2010. He is currently responsible for the Department of Banking and Financial Supervision, the Risk Controlling Department, and the Bundesbank’s Representative Offices abroad.

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