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Recent Events

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

Fri, Dec 6, 2019

Digital Policy Simulation – Paris, Berlin

On Tuesday, November 19, the Atlantic Council’s Transatlantic Digital Marketplace Initiative organized a running of its Digital Policy simulation in Paris. This was co-organized with the Institut Montaigne, and hosted at Linedata Services. Institut Montaigne recruited about 20 players, a mix of tech and cybersecurity experts and national security analysts. On Thursday, November 21, the […]

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Digital Policy European Union

Fri, Oct 18, 2019

A Conversation about the Transatlantic Relationship and Foreign Policy Tools with French MP Roland Lescure

On October 18, 2019, the Atlantic Council’s Global Business & Economics Program and Future Europe Initiative hosted a roundtable conversation with Roland Lescure, Chair of the Economic Affairs Committee in the French parliament and representative for the French living in North America. The discussion focused on the transatlantic economic relationship and future growth prospects for […]

Event Recaps by Global Business & Economics Program

Economy & Business Europe & Eurasia

Tue, Oct 8, 2019

Securing Northern Europe

On September 20, 2019, the Atlantic Council Northern Europe organized a seminar highlighting the launch of a new issue brief titled ‘Securing Northern Europe: Toward A Comprehensive Approach’. Director for Northern Europe Anna Wieslander and Project Assistant Elin Schiffer presented the report for an audience consisting of invited members of parliament, civil servants, foreign diplomats […]

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Northern Europe

Experts

Content

Fri, Feb 21, 2020

Putting privacy limits on national security mass surveillance: The European Court of Justice intervenes

In a little-noticed set of opinions issued on January 15, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) put forward a bold and unprecedented proposition—mass surveillance conducted by European Union (EU) member state national security services should operate within the bounds of the Union’s privacy laws.

New Atlanticist by Kenneth Propp

Digital Policy European Union

Sat, Feb 15, 2020

US commits $1 billion dollars to develop Central European infrastructure

“Secretary Pompeo's announcement of $1 billion for the Three Seas Initiative is a powerful demonstration of America’s continued commitment to Europe,” stated General James L. Jones Jr. (USMC-ret.), executive chairman emeritus of the Atlantic Council, who attended the Munich Security Conference. “It reflects America’s recognition of the strategic significance of Central Europe as well Washington’s high confidence in the economic vitality and economic prospects of the Three Seas region.”

Press Release by Atlantic Council

Central Europe Economy & Business

Fri, Feb 14, 2020

France and Poland: Helicopters, forks, and reconnections

Macron's Poland visit makes political sense, but there is another pressing reason: as we enter an era of great power competition, the unity of Europe—and the unity of the transatlantic alliance—is a critical asset, which will be tested. Mending relations between East and West is part of the groundwork to bolster the political resilience of Europe.

New Atlanticist by Olivier-Rémy Bel

France Poland

Mon, Feb 10, 2020

Will the Commission’s new EU proposal revive Western Balkans enlargement?

“For a region whose politics, both domestic and foreign, have been shaped by the promise of EU membership in almost every way since the 1990s, the coming months and years will prove trying," Damir Marusic says. "But the reality is that this is probably for the best: Macron was right to point out the naked emperor. Meaningful progress can only happen when you face the world as it is.”

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Democratic Transitions European Union

Wed, Feb 5, 2020

Albania still committed to EU membership, PM says

Despite continued delays in the opening of accession negotiations with the European Union, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama said that his country remains committed to pursuing EU membership because “there is no alternative.” Speaking at the Atlantic Council on February 5, Rama reported that Albania is continuing with its planned reforms as European leaders debate the proper time to begin the membership process for Albania and its neighbor North Macedonia. “We are not sitting and crying,” Rama said. Albania is “not waiting for some miracle to happen.”

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Democratic Transitions European Union

Mon, Feb 3, 2020

After Brexit: The road ahead

With Brexit now technically achieved, the remaining questions about the future UK-EU relationship will continue to dominate both sides in the years to come. Atlantic Council experts offered their response to the formal exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union and what lies ahead for both the UK and Europe.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

European Union Politics & Diplomacy

Sat, Feb 1, 2020

Fried joins NPR All Things Considered to discuss Pompeo’s visit to Minsk

Amb. Daniel Fried speaks to Michele Kelemen on NPR's All Things Considered regarding Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to Belarus, and the Trump Administration's quest to improve relations with the former Soviet republic.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Belarus Eastern Europe

Tue, Jan 7, 2020

With crisis over, Greek PM says Athens is ready “to punch above our weight”

With its new robust regional and international role, Mitsotakis argued that Greece is a “very reliable and dependable partner” for the United States at a time of incredible global instability. With the dark days of economic crisis behind them, it is now time for Athens and Washington, he said “to set a new, more ambitious target in terms of what we can achieve.”

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Greece Macroeconomics

Mon, Jan 6, 2020

Shaping the global future together: the Council’s “Top fifteen hits” of 2019

We look back at the Atlantic Council's top work of 2019 galvanizing US leadership alongside partners and allies to tackle the most pressing challenges confronting our nation and our world.

New Atlanticist by Frederick Kempe

Africa Americas

Mon, Jan 6, 2020

“The truth shall make you free”

Dealing with the gaps, failures, and sins of the national past is what honest countries do. Living with a lie, including a lie about history, is like an untreated infection: it is unlikely to improve with time and will weaken the whole body.

New Atlanticist by Daniel Fried

Central Europe Poland

Events

Wed, Mar 4, 2020

Completing Europe: Central Europe, the Three Seas Initiative and the future of the transatlantic relationship

President Kaljulaid addresses the future of Central Europe’s role in the transatlantic relationship, the growing economic opportunities present in Central Europe, the important role the region plays in the West’s efforts to grapple with the challenges of great power competition, and the steps that need to be taken to complete the vision of Europe that is undivided, free, and secure.

10:30am Washington D.C.