Closing the Gaps?

The German Perspective for the Brussels NATO Summit


On Monday, July 9, CEPA hosted a roundtable discussion featuring Roland Freudenstein, Policy Director of the Wilfried Martens Center. The conversation was moderated by Peter B. Doran, President of CEPA.

As the 2018 NATO Summit approaches, a number of security questions have risen to the foreground of the transatlantic policy debate. Differences over Nord Stream 2, defense burden-sharing, and how best to deal with growing geopolitical pressure from the East and the South will likely dominate the discussion in Brussels. As America’s largest European ally, Germany’s voice is an important one. However, recent differences in outlooks between Berlin and Washington have strained the relationship between the two allies.

As Policy Director at the Wilfried Martens Center in Brussels and a German national, Roland Freudenstein provided unique insight into the German perspective on the transatlantic security relationship and U.S. bilateral ties. Participants considered: how can the United States and Germany engage and support each other on the international stage, despite differences in policy considerations; what are Germany’s priorities going into the Brussels Summit; where does the European Union come in; and how can all sides measure success in the months ahead?

Peter B. Doran

9 July 2018

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