GMF #TransatlanticTuesdays Green Atlanticism? Green Views on the Future of Transatlantic Relations
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The German Green Party, with its chancellor candidate Annalena Baerbock, is currently polling close on the heels of Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats. If this trend continues, the Greens are likely to enter government after the September elections for the first time since 2005, and they may even be in the chancellery. Such a sea change in Germany’s politics would obviously have a bearing on transatlantic relations—but in what ways? How would Green Party participation in the next government change, improve, or complicate relations with the United States? Is there such a thing as Green Atlanticism, and what does it entail? To discuss these questions and more, we will speak with veteran Green politician, Cem Özdemir, in this month’s edition of #TransatlanticTuesdays
If you have any questions, please contact Matthew Delmastro at firstname.lastname@example.org.Cem Özdemir
Cem Özdemir is a Member of the German Bundestag, where he chairs the Committee on Transport and Digital Infrastructure. He is a Deputy Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the inter-party group on rail transport. Özdemir was elected to the German Parliament in 1994, becoming its first-ever member of Turkish descent whose parents came to Germany as so called “Gastarbeiter” (guest workers) in the early 1960s. Özdemir served two consecutive legislative terms (1994-2002). During this time, he held the position of Speaker on Internal Affairs for the Green Parliamentary Group. In 2003, Cem Özdemir joined other senior policy-practitioners and academics as a Transatlantic Fellow at the GMF in Washington, DC and Brussels. From 2004 until 2009, Mr. Özdemir was a Member of the European Parliament, where he served as Speaker on Foreign Affairs for his political group (The Greens/European Free Alliance). Between 2008 and 2018, he was Chairman of Bündnis 90/Die Grünen (German Green Party). In the party campaign for the federal elections in 2017 he was his party’s frontrunner. Cem Özdemir is a founding member of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) and an advisory board member of the American Jewish Committee's Berlin office. In 2019, he was awarded the Raoul Wallenberg Medal, the Ignatz Bubis Prize and the Dolf Sternberger Prize.Sudha David-Wilp
Sudha David-Wilp is a senior transatlantic fellow and deputy director of the Berlin office. She joined GMF’s Berlin office in September 2011. She oversees GMF’s Congress-Bundestag Forum, a joint program with the Robert Bosch Foundation, and engages with the media as an expert on German–U.S. relations, and covers transatlantic digital topics. Before moving to Berlin, she was the director of international programs at the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress in Washington, DC for nearly eight years. At the Association, David-Wilp was responsible for congressional study groups and international programs for current members of Congress and senior congressional staff. She established a trilateral roundtable format for legislators and launched a speakers’ program involving current and former lawmakers. She received her bachelor’s from Johns Hopkins University, with a major in international relations and a minor in writing seminars. She received her master’s in international relations from Columbia University.
#TransatlanticTuesdays is a monthly get-together to engage in an open debate on a broad range of transatlantic issues. Launched by GMF Berlin in January 2020, we feature transatlantic voices to analyze the latest trends in Washington and beyond and to comment on their potential consequences for transatlantic cooperation.
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