Central Europe Week

Join the Atlantic Council’s Future Europe Initiative for a virtual event series exploring how the United States and Central Europe can together help shape a common post-COVID-19 agenda.

Building upon the Council’s inaugural US-Central Europe conference in 2019, the conversations throughout the week feature high-level policymakers and experts from the US and the region, while also highlighting our unique cultural connections.

The Future Europe Initiative uses real-time commentary and analysis to explain to key audiences in America current developments in Europe and how they affect the transatlantic relationship.

The Future Europe Initiative conducts research to guide the actions and strategy of key transatlantic decision makers on the issues that will shape the future of the transatlantic relationship.

By convening American and European leaders, through public events and workshops,  the Future Europe Initiative promotes dialogue to bolster the transatlantic partnership.

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Paul Adamson In Conversation

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Introducing the Young Global Professionals Program

Sat, Oct 24, 2020

Atlantic Council’s Young Global Professionals Program – Spring 2021 (Paid)

Internship

The Young Global Professionals (YGP) Program, the Atlantic Council’s paid internship program, is designed to provide exceptional young people with in-depth exposure to international affairs and an opportunity to play an active role in shaping real-world solutions to global challenges. The Atlantic Council is non-partisan and welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds. International applicants are encouraged to apply.

Experts

Content

Fri, Jan 15, 2021

Germany may be about to pick its next leader. Here’s what you need to know.

The selection will likely mark the beginning of the end for the sober leadership style, centrist compromises, and coalition-building approach to governing country and party that so defined Merkel, Germany, and the CDU for much of her chancellorship.

New Atlanticist by Jörn Fleck

Elections Germany

Thu, Jan 14, 2021

Britain’s foreign-policy debate is back

It can no longer be said that the only foreign-policy debate in the United Kingdom is about Brexit. There are now two distinct visions emerging of Britain’s role in the world: one positioned in the political center and the other on the right.

New Atlanticist by Ben Judah

China European Union

Wed, Jan 13, 2021

Relaunching the transatlantic trade agenda: A European perspective

By analyzing the lessons learned from the failure of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations and drawing on interviews with European officials, this paper recommends adopting a step-by-step approach that pays greater attention from the start to the concerns of public opinion—notably, on climate change—the diversity of European sensitivities, and the need to rebuild trust progressively.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Emilie Bel

Economy & Business Europe & Eurasia

Thu, Jan 7, 2021

The EastWest Institute’s Balkan Dialogues initiative to migrate to Atlantic Council

The EastWest Institute today announced that its Balkan Dialogues initiative is migrating to the Future Europe Initiative at the Atlantic Council. The Atlantic Council and its Future Europe Initiative are delighted to integrate this impressive body of work into its ongoing efforts to promote regional cooperation and advance a Euro-Atlantic future for the Western Balkans. […]

Press Release

The Balkans

Thu, Jan 7, 2021

What European strategic autonomy requires: smarter talk, more action

Focusing on action rather than sterile debates does not mean conversations on these matters have to end. There is still a major question to be answered: What are the aims of strategic autonomy? What would Europe do with it?

New Atlanticist by Olivier-Rémy Bel

Defense Policy Defense Technologies

Tue, Dec 22, 2020

What Biden’s election means for Central Europe

While Western Europe is looking forward to the next four years, the reaction is more mixed as one moves east. The reason is simple: The Trump administration—despite (and perhaps because of) its confrontational rhetoric towards Europe and the EU in general—intensified cooperation with Central and Eastern Europe.

New Atlanticist by Petr Tůma

Central Europe Defense Policy

Fri, Dec 18, 2020

Engaging Europe: A transatlantic digital agenda for the Biden administration

Without engagement, Europe and the United States are likely to continue their disparate approaches to the digital economy. The Biden administration must meet the challenge of building better US-EU cooperation on digital issues, for the sake of transatlantic security, prosperity, and shared values.

Issue Brief by Frances Burwell

Digital Policy Economy & Business

Wed, Dec 16, 2020

Europe’s new legislative proposals mark a big ‘first move’ on tech-market power

On December 15, the European Commission unveiled its long-anticipated legislative proposals—the Digital Services Act and Digital Markets Act—in a move that may further deepen transatlantic divides over digital commerce.

New Atlanticist by Eileen Kannengeiser and Jörn Fleck

Digital Policy European Union

Tue, Dec 15, 2020

Lessons from a Privacy Shield post-mortem on Capitol Hill

A hearing on the consequences of the European Court of Justice's invalidation of the EU-US Privacy Shield illuminated the deepening transatlantic divide over data transfers, and it highlighted the early challenge the subject looks to pose for President-elect Joe Biden’s administration, which is eager to repair US-EU relations.

New Atlanticist by Kenneth Propp

Digital Policy Europe & Eurasia

Thu, Dec 10, 2020

France: Lost in translation?

French President Emmanuel Macron seems to be feuding with the press again—but not in France, this time, but with the American media. The dust-up concerns the separation of church and state and comes as Macron, leader of one of the United States’ closest allies, prepares to launch a major new initiative in France’s fight against religious extremism.

New Atlanticist by Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux

France Media

Events

Thu, Jan 28, 2021

North Macedonia on the threshold of Europe

Online Event Prime Minister of North Macedonia Zoran Zaev explains the country’s current situation, post-COVID-19 priorities, and roadmap for reform, as the Atlantic Council launches its report exploring the way forward for North Macedonia on its path toward Euro-Atlantic integration.

8:00am Economy & Business Europe & Eurasia European Union International Organizations

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