The commitment to strong and durable transatlantic relations is a principle of our socio-political work, regardless of the political climate. The liberal democracies of the Western world are being faced with major challenges which can only be overcome through a functioning European-American partnership. Through events, informal exchanges, publications and debate impulses, we are contributing to strengthening this cooperation together with our American partner organisations.
A Nation Seeking Redemption The Biden administration must atone for the past four years by delivering tangible relief, recovery, and reform.
Joe Biden is the 46th President of the United States. From the minute he is sworn in, his administration will begin working on reversing many of his predecessor’s legacies on climate change, immigration, and domestic policy. Underlying these efforts will be the challenge of unifying a country in an era of rampant disinformation. To guide the country through this fact-rejecting fog and towards social and economic justice, the new administration must deliver visible relief and recovery.
In 2020, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Willy Brandt’s historical gesture in Warsaw. The so-called “Warsaw genuflection” was a symbol of reconciliation and dialogue between the East and the West. Today, we should see it as an inspiration for a new generation of Ostpolitik, especially taking a note on what is happening inside of the EU and just at its borders as well as the brand new reality in transatlantic relations.
On November 3, both presidential as well as General Election took place in the United States. How can their outcomes affect the global role of cities? Join us for a conversation about a new era of multilateralism from the bottom-up with Almut Möller, State Secretary of Hamburg and Stephen K. Benjamin, Mayor of Columbia, SC.
Joe Biden is now the President-elect. Although they won the Presidency and the House, the majority in the Senate will be decided by two run-offs in Georgia this upcoming January. Diego Rivas analyses the US Elections and opportunities for progressive change.
The last five years have seen many political systems succumb to far-right parties and tendencies. Aggravating this threat are the current public health and climate crises. Progressive majorities are needed now, to remove the current authoritarians from power and to critically address systemic shortcomings. Join us to discuss how to win electoral majorities!
Starting on 1 October, twenty bright minds from Germany and the United States will begin a transatlantic dialogue on how cities can address global challenges, while also democratizing urban spaces.
Democratic National Convention: Launching a Coalition to Stop Donald Trump Chair of Democrats Abroad Berlin and Sanders Delegate, Diego Rivas, about the upcoming US-elections
After months of campaigning, more than twenty candidates, hundreds of millions of dollars spent on campaigns, and primaries delayed due to a public health crisis, the Democratic Party will officially nominate Joe Biden as their Candidate for President of the United States – united under one motto: take back the White House.
Call for Young Transatlantic Fellows with an Emphasis on Urban Public Policy New Urban Progress (NUP) is looking for ten citizens from Germany and ten from the United States to be part of a transatlantic dialogue on the future of cities and metropolitan areas.
New Urban Progress is revitalizing transatlantic relations by cultivating dialogue with community organizers, researchers, politicians, journalists, and start-up founders on how urban areas can be innovative, networked, and fair.
Transatlantic project enters new phase New Urban Progress launches new website and invites to an online conference
Over the course of three years, the project New Urban Progress is set to promote an exchange of ideas on how to deal with local challenges in Germany and the USA. It focuses on the role of cities in inclusive growth and sustainable innovation.
A delegation of trade unionists from the United States visited Das Progressive Zentrum for a roundtable encouraging the transatlantic dialogue and cooperation on a just transition.
New Urban Progress is pleased to announce its Sounding Board! The team is made up of seven transatlantic and metropolitan policy professionals, who will guide the project with their expertise. New Urban Progress supports transatlantic conversations on the future of cities while rethinking transatlantic relations.
Das Progressive Zentrum was delighted to host a Transatlantic Lunch with Max Bergmann from the Washington D.C. based Center for American Progress and Annegret Bendiek of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP). The participants discussed the current situation and the future of transatlantic relations in and after the Trump era.
Join us for the Leaders Debate and Celebrating Spring Party of the Progressive Governance Symposium 2019. The event takes place on 25 April 2019, starting at 5.30 pm.
On 6th April 2018, Das Progressive Zentrum in cooperation with the Progressive Policy Institute held a farewell reception to wrap up the visit of a US-Delegation including Democrats and Republicans. The event marked the highlight of a five day trip to Europe – including Paris, Brussels and Berlin – in which the state of transatlantic relations were at the center of interest.
German parliamentarians discussed transatlantic questions: What is the state of the Democratic Party almost one year after the presidential elections? How does the presidency of Donald Trump affect the transatlantic friendship? And what impact could the German federal elections have on Europe’s position vis-à-vis the US?
John Podesta is best known for his service as chief of staff to former US president Bill Clinton. He further chaired Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, served as a Counselor to Barack Obama and is the founder of the our US-partner think tank “Center for American Progress” (CAP). On May 3, 2017, Das Progressive Zentrum had the honour to welcome John Podesta for political talks in the German capital.
In his campaign Donald Trump promised economic policy that will return the power to “the people”. Meanwhile, his agenda includes massive tax cuts, support for economic nationalism on trade favouring exports over imports, financial deregulation and cuts to federal spending on public health care, housing, education, environmental protection. Nevertheless, populist arguments proved to be convincing to certain parts of American society. Could this scenario repeat in Europe? To tackle this question, Das Progressive Zentrum invited five American experts and political consultants to share their thoughts on the recent rise of populism in the U.S. and its possible development in Europe.
Expect German-American relations to cool over the coming months as September’s elections draw closer
The unexpected happened and we are still searching for an answer why it happened and what might be the adequate response. This essay attempts to look for the reasons of the current success of populists on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean and to face the challenge that is produced by this convergence.
Resentment of workers from other nations has buoyed right-wing politics on both sides of the Atlantic. Both Trump’s and the Johnson-led Leave campaign in the UK exploited the economic pessimism of the working class.
Farai Chideya asks in her article on FiveThirtyEight: Do we now witness a trans-Atlantic nativist moment?
“If there has been a feedback loop between U.S. and European nativism, it has been in the impression nativists on both sides of the Atlantic got that it’s kicking off everywhere,” said our chair, Dr. Tobias Dürr.