Germany's historic narrative is losing power. Its emotional force is fading as the last contemporary witnesses are passing away, and it is challenged by the new far right advocating a new nationalism. The Germany of the 20th century has been forgotten by the selfie generation posing for Instagram at the Holocaust memorial in Berlin, and it is hard to convey to the growing immigrant population.
Populism is on the verge of becoming a durable force in European politics. Hard-right parties lead or support governments in countries such as Poland, Belgium, and Denmark; the far-left has governed in Greece for nearly two years.
On September 27, 2016, the Transatlantic Academy held the opening conference of its ninth fellowship year, which is focused on the theme of Germany and the United States in the 21st Century, at the German Marshall Fund of the United States's Washington headquarters.
On March 2, 2016, the Transatlantic Academy hosted former German Ambassador and nonresident fellow Klaus Scharioth for a discussion entitled "Is Europe at Risk?" The European Union is beset by a series of complex and interlinked challenges: the flood of refugees from Syria and beyond; a more aggressive Russia seizing Crimea from Ukraine, fomenting conflict in Donbas, and intervening on the behalf
Two years into the conflict in Ukraine and five years into the war in Syria, Russian foreign policy looms larger than ever. Though sanctions have taken a toll, and relations with the West continue to weaken, President Vladimir Putin is doubling down on Russian influence in both Europe and the Middle East. With no end in sight, is a larger clash with the West inevitable?
On Tuesday, February 2, 2016, the Transatlantic Academy hosted two prominent German experts on Russia. Bosch Public Policy Fellow Hannes Adomeit and Visiting Fellow Stefan Meister of the German Council on Foreign Relations, discussed Berlin’s Russia policy, its drivers, and its likely future. Transatlantic Academy Senior Fellow Andrew Moravcsik moderated the discussion.
On December 2, 2015, the Transatlantic Academy held a lunch discussion on “Russia’s Long War On Ukraine” featuring Marek Menkiszak, the Head of the Russian Department at the Centre for Eastern Studies (OSW) in Warsaw and resident at the Academy for autumn 2015 as an OSW Fellow.
On November 18, 2015, the Transatlantic Academy held a breakfast discussion about how the relationship between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin has evolved over time and how it reflects the current geopolitical shifts.
On September 21, 2015, the Transatlantic Academy hosted the opening conference of its eighth fellowship year, focused on the theme of “Russia and the West.” Russia’s annexation of Crimea and destabilization of eastern Ukraine have challenged the European security order and led to the highest level of tensions between Russia and the West since the end of the Cold War.