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Tue, Jul 7, 2020

Berlin takes over the EU presidency: Lower your expectations

If Germany achieves a breakthrough on even one of the big-ticket items of its presidency, it is despite the chancellor and its political elites’ legacy of European policy over the last decade. Those betting wisely would do best to lower expectations for a Germany that has yet to have a moment of truth with itself about its role in Europe and the world.

New Atlanticist by Jörn Fleck

Coronavirus European Union

Wed, May 6, 2020

German court decision complicates ECB coronavirus efforts

“This is time for solidarity and boldness in the European response to this unprecedented crisis. Unfortunately, the [German] Court's decision endangers the ability of the Bundesbank to participate in the ECB's program in the long run. Besides, it undermines the authority of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) and could provide a worrying precedent for states asserting their sovereignty with illiberal measures against the rule of law in Europe,” Benjamin Haddad says.

New Atlanticist by Ole Moehr

Coronavirus European Union

Tue, Feb 18, 2020

The next phase of digitalization in Central and Eastern Europe: 2020 and beyond

The countries of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) possess fundamental strengths that uniquely position the region to capitalize on the next wave of digitalization – solid education systems, a large talent pool of “STEM” graduates, widely adopted digitally enabled services, and fewer technology legacies. But, these advantages alone do not mean that Central and Eastern […]

Issue Brief by Frances Burwell, Jörn Fleck

Central Europe Digital Policy

Jörn Fleck serves as associate director with the Future Europe Initiative (FEI) at the Atlantic Council with primary responsibility for FEI’s European Union (EU) efforts, programming related to Western Europe, Brexit, and US-EU trade relations. Jörn also leads FEI’s outreach to US and European legislators as well as the Council’s Transatlantic Digital Project which seeks to promote closer US-EU cooperation on digital policy matters.

Jörn previously was director at the Transatlantic Policy Network (TPN) and helped to launch TPN’s annual signature event Transatlantic Week which has become a major event in the transatlantic calendar. He continues to support TPN programming and promotes cooperation between both organizations.

Prior to joining TPN, Jörn was chief of staff for a British member of the European Parliament (MEP). In this role, he worked extensively on US-EU relations, trade policy, and EU foreign and security policy. Jörn further served as the staff lead for the MEP’s rapporteurship for the 2007 EU general budget.

Jörn holds an MA in international commerce and policy from the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University and a BA in politics and international relations with first class honors from the University of Kent at Canterbury in the United Kingdom. Jörn is a German national.