Aspen Germany. 40 years

Aspen Germany’s 40th anniversary will be celebrated from October 8-9, 2014. Besides the official celebration, Aspen Germany will use these days to convene high-level political and economic decision-makers, established transatlantic players, and promising young leaders from both sides of the Atlantic to enter into a focused dialog on the past and future of German-American relations.

Article by Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Aspen Institute in Germany. Published in the German weekly newspaper 'Die Zeit' on 9 October 2014.

"When the Aspen Institute Germany was founded 40 years ago, the Cold War was at a crucial turning point. Thanks to the prudence of leading politicians in the United States and the Soviet Union, but also thanks to Willy Brandt’s far‑sighted “Ostpolitik”, both sides had become open to dialogue. The past four decades have brought historical achievements. The Iron Curtain is gone, Germany is reunited, Europe is no longer divided, and our societies on both sides of the Atlantic are now freer than ever before. And all of this would have remained a mere dream without the United States and the close partnership between our two countries."

Article in Deutsche Welle on the Aspen Germany experience: "Sustainable dialogue trumps political speed dating"

Watch the remarks of Ms. Victoria Nuland, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, US State Department at Aspen Institute Germany 40th anniversary.



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