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Marking the 20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

The fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989, not only led to the unifi cation of Germany, thus ending decades of division and immeasurable human suffering; it also ended the division of Europe and changed the world.

Today, twenty years after this event, we are in a position to gauge which distance we have covered since. We are able to observe that in spite of continuing problems and justifi ed as well as unjustifi ed complaints, the unifi cation of Germany and Europe has been crowned with success.

Kurt Volker, Atlantic Council senior advisor and member of the Strategic Advisors Group (SAG), describes the challenges facing NATO and calls for unity to the divergent goals and ambitions of member states in the SAG issue brief "A New Transatlantic Compact."

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STOCK - Transatlantic Relations

The Atlantic Council's Transatlantic Relations Program outlines a comprehensive plan for renewing U.S.-EU relations in Shoulder to Shoulder: Forging a Strategic U.S.-EU Partnership.
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Given the considerable smart grid investments already underway in the U.S. and Europe, the U.S., the EU Commission and the EU’s 27 member states should engage with each other in this promising field.  This report recommends the establishment of an appropriate transatlantic liaison with these existing efforts to ensure compatible standards and regulations based on international standards wherever possible.
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This Energy and Environment Program report, A Shared Vision for Energy and Climate Change: Establishing a Common Transatlantic Agenda, finds that the two highest priority energy technologies for the Atlantic community are those involving energy efficiency and coal with carbon capture and storage. Without significant and timely progress in deploying these basic technologies on a massive scale, there is virtually no possibility of achieving emission reduction targets.
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Chances for successful United States-China cooperation will be significantly enhanced if China and the United States establish an Implementing Mechanism for Cooperation (IMC) that utilizes existing cooperative mechanisms and involves the top levels of both governments.
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The Trans-Atlantic Economic Council (TEC) is at a crossroads.  It has great potential as a forum for discussing strategic issues between the United States and Europe but is often bogged down in single-issue gridlock.
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On the eve of the Pittsburgh G20 Summit, the Atlantic Council and Carnegie Mellon University examine the next steps for economic growth after the global financial crisis in Renewing Globalization and Economic Growth in a Post-Crisis World: The Future of the G20 Agenda.  The report is a product of an all-day expert conference in Pittsburgh.

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Today, senior government officials from the U.S. and China will meet in Washington for the inaugural Strategic and Economic Dialogue, which is the successor to the Bush Administration's Strategic Economic Dialogue.  The Atlantic Council timed the release of its latest energy report, United States-China Cooperation on Nuclear Power: An Opportunity for Fostering Sustainable Energy Security, to coincide with these important talks.
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The British-North American Committee Public Sector Pensions Report warns that the true costs of public sector pensions are being significantly understated by the U.S., UK and Canadian governments.

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