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Discussion with Ambassador Anthony Luzzato Gardner and Sigmar Gabriel

Transatlantic relations: Will they improve after the American presidential election?
Initiated by Alexandra Oetker

Ambassador Anthony (Tony) Luzzato Gardner, former American ambassador to the European Union will present insights from his latest book “Stars with Stripes: The Essential Partnership between the European Union and the United States.” He and Sigmar Gabriel, former vice chancellor of Germany and current chair of Atlantik-Brücke, will then discuss the present and future state of the relationship between the US and the EU. 

In “Stars with Stripes” Tony Gardner shows how the US and the EU have worked together effectively on numerous core issues such as trade, the digital economy, and climate change. He gives an exclusive insider look at US/EU diplomacy and the Brussels political scene. Until the election of Donald J. Trump in 2016, the US and the EU collaborated critically to address regional and global economic, political, and security challenges. The past four years have proven challenging, as the focus of the partnership has shifted and the foundation has been shaken. What can we learn from the past, and what does the future hold? Tony Gardner and Sigmar Gabriel will analyze these questions and more in a discussion moderated by Sarah Kelly, Deutsche Welle.


Thursday, October 27, 2020
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. (CEST)
ESMT Berlin, Schlossplatz 1, 10178 Berlin

”Discussion with Ambassador Anthony Luzzato Gardner and Sigmar Gabriel”
Initiated by Alexandra Oetker

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About the speakers

Anthony (Tony) Luzzatto Gardner served as US Ambassador to the European Union during 2014-2017. In that capacity, he played a key role in the negotiations of a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Agreement and of Privacy Shield „TTIP“. He is currently a managing partner with Brookfield, Private Equity; a senior adviser at the Brunswick Group; a senior counsel at Sidley Austin; and a board member of Iberdrola. He is also a member of the board of directors of the American Ditchley Foundation, a member of the advisory boards of the Centre for European Reform and the European Policy Centre and non-resident Fellow at the German Marshall Fund.

Sigmar Gabriel was Federal Minister for the Economy and Energy from 2013 to 2017 as well as Vice-Chancellor from 2013 to 2018 and served as Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs from 2017 to 2018. On June 26, 2019, Mr. Gabriel was elected Chairman of Atlantik-Brücke by Atlantik-Brücke’s members. Mr. Gabriel has been politically active since 1976. Born in Goslar, he began his political career in a socialist youth organization and joined the SPD in 1977. Two years later, Gabriel joined the ÖTV union, and membership in IG Metall and Arbeiterwohlfahrt (AWO), a social welfare organization, followed. Trained as a high school educator, he assumed various responsibilities in adult education and became a member of Lower Saxony’s parliament over the course of the 1980s. During the subsequent decade, among other positions, he held the post of chair of the environmental committee of Lower Saxony’s parliament and was a member of the SPD executive committee. He served as prime minister of Lower Saxony from 1999 to 2003, and he has been a directly elected member of Germany’s Lower House of Parliament since 2005, taking over the post of environmental minister that same year. Gabriel, who represents the Salzgitter-Wolfenbüttel district, occupied the position of SPD chairman from 2009 until 2017.

Sarah Kelly is an American journalist & TV news anchor. At DW News in Berlin, where she serves as Anchor-at-Large, she hosts the top political interview program “Conflict Zone”, and the flagship live news broadcast “DW News”.In addition to her journalism, Sarah also regularly moderates high-level panels at global summits, including the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, the G20 and the UN Climate Change Summit.

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