Rebuilding Trust – Digital Trade and German-American relations in times of the NSA surveillance disclosures and the TTIP negotiations
The disclosures of the NSA’s surveillance activities last summer have undermined the trust that has been built in German-American relations over decades. The growing indignation culminated with the revelation that the NSA had even monitored Chancellor Merkel’s cell phone for years. The reactions to the question of how to balance freedom and security were very different on the two sides of the Atlantic: Edward Snowden is seen by many Germans as a whistleblower whose revelations served the public interest, while many Americans regard him as a traitor who put the safety of his country at risk.
At the same time, the negotiations over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership between the USA and the EU got into high gear. After initial hopes of having a common project that strengthens ties, creates new jobs and accelerates innovation and growth on both sides of the Atlantic, the negotiations have entered a sobering stage. Some Europeans have called for the freezing of TTIP negotiations until the US guarantees protection of the digital rights for European citizens.
Against this background, the time has come to rebuild trust between Europe and the US with a candid and open discussion. Das Progressive Zentrum (Berlin) together with D64 – Zentrum für digitalen Fortschritt (Berlin) and the Progressive Policy Institute (Washington D.C.) invited for a roundtable discussion at 12:00 pm on April 25th in Berlin. The goal was to find common ground on issues affecting cross-border data trade and data protection as well as the design and further integration of the transatlantic economic partnership.
12 p.m. Welcome Note
Dominic Schwickert (Director at Das Progressive Zentrum)
Will Marshall (President at Progressive Policy Institute)
12.10 p.m. Opening Statement
Dr. Michael Mandel (Chief Economic Strategist at Progressive Policy Institute)
12.30 p.m. Response
Brigitte Zypries (Parliamentary State Secretary at the German Ministry of
Dr. Konstantin von Notz (Deputy Parliamentary Group Chairman of the
Guus Dekkers (Chief Information Officer at Airbus Group)
12.45 p.m. Discussion
Moderated by: Sudha David-Wilp (Senior Transatlantic Fellow at the Berlin office of the German Marshall Fund of the United States).