The spread of COVID-19 and the ensuing global lock-down as governments try to slow the spread of the corona virus has tested individuals and institutions around the world. Since March of 2020, the ACG has stepped up its digital programming by hosting webinars and video discussions which bring together policy makers and thought leaders from both sides of the Atlantic to discuss some of the key issues shaping transatlantic relations in an unprecedented time. In addition to organizing events on its own, the ACG has also partnered with other organizations such as 1014 and Atlantik-Brücke to launch new series designed to reach beyond the ACG community.
The ACG regularly hosts a discussion with a journalist based in Germany on the topics making the headlines and shaping political discourse. On September 5, the ACG hosted a kaffeepause with Paul-Anton Krüger, Parliamentary Correspondent in the Berlin Bureau of the Süddeutsche Zeitung.
On September 13, the American Council on Germany and the Aspen Institute Germany hosted a State-to-State: German-American State Legislator Dialogue with German and American state legislators, including Senator Dave Argall (R), Pennsylvania State Senate; Wibke Brems (Alliance 90/Die Grünen), Member of the State Parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia; and Romina Plonsker (CDU), Member of the State Parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia.
The ACG regularly hosts a discussion with a journalist based in Germany on the topics making the headlines and shaping political discourse. On September 11, the ACG hosted a Kaffeepause with Steven Erlanger, Chief Diplomatic Correspondent in Europe for The New York Times.
On August 21, the ACG hosted a Kaffeepause with Simon Book, Editor for Der Spiegel and 2016 ACG Kellen Fellow.
On August 8, the American Council on Germany hosted a virtual discussion with Dr. Janka Oertel, the Director of the Asia Program and a Senior Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, about the debate within the German government to develop a China Strategy and the contours of Berlin’s new approach to China.