U.S. Discussion Program

Handelsblatt's Washington Events Program

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Handelsblatt, Germany’s leading financial daily, is temporarily moving its editorial headquarters to Washington in November to cover the U.S. presidential election.

From November 1 through November 10, our publisher Gabor Steingart, Handelsblatt Global Editor-in-Chief Kevin O’Brien and more than 35 top journalists from Germany will cover the momentous last phase of the campaign from the U.S. capital.

Each day, we will hold public discussions with high-level representatives from business, politics, banking and media to discuss the election and its impact on transatlantic relations and the global economy. All events apart from a November 3 panel discussion will be held near the White House at the Loews Madison Hotel, 1177 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005.

The events are open to the public. See below for RSVP details.

Here’s our program of scheduled guests

Tuesday, November 1:
12:30 p.m: “In Defense of Globalization”
Lunch Q&A in cooperation with the American Council on Germany with Bob Zoellick, former United States Deputy Secretary of State and U.S. Trade Representative with introductory remarks by Dr. Steven Sokol, president of the American Council on Germany.

6:00 p.m: “Investor talks”
Discussion with Markus Koch, renowned Wall Street reporter and guests, et. al Brian Barnier, principal at ValueBridge Advisors and distinguished book author and Willem Buiter, Chief Economist at Citigroup.

7:00 p.m. “Predicting Public Opinion”
Aaron Timms, a former financial journalist, Director of Content and Digital Strategy at Predata.

Wednesday, November 2:

6:00 p.m.: “The future of the Republican Party after Donald Trump.” Evening panel discussion with James K. Glassman, founding executive director of the George W. Bush Institute and Jim Cicconi, former Senior Executive Vice President — External and Legislative Affairs, AT&T Services.

6:45 p.m.: “The Transatlantic Security Partnership in turbulent times.” Evening talk with Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, former Federal Minister for Economics and former Minister of Defense of Germany.

Thursday, November 3:

6:00 p.m.: “The U.S. Presidential Election and its Economic Impact on Germany and Europe.” (Event being held at the German Embassy in Washington. By invitation only.) Following introductory remarks by German Ambassador Dr. Peter Wittig, Fred Irwin, the President of Handelsblatt Global Edition, will discuss the election with Sandra Navidi, CEO of BeyondGlobal, bestselling author of $uperHubs and former Director of Research Strategies at Roubini Global Economics, John Engler, former Governor of Michigan and currently President of the Business Roundtable and C. Fred Bergsten, founding Director of The Peterson Institute for International Economics and a former Assistant Secretary for International Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Treasury.


Friday, November 4:

6:00 p.m.: “The end of power.” Talk with Moisés Naím, a Distinguished Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

6:30 p.m.: Evening talk with Fred Kempe, president and chief executive officer of the Atlantic Council.

7:00 p.m.: “Brexit, Putin and the never ending war in the Middle East: Foreign Policy in a world of disorder.” A conversation between the 24th United States Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Handelsblatt publisher Gabor Steingart.

Monday, November 7:

6:00 p.m.: “Foreign Investment in Times of Populist Pressures.”
Evening panel discussion with Adam Posen, President of the Petersen Institute and Robert M. Kimmitt, who was United States Deputy Secretary of the Treasury under President George W. Bush and currently is Chairman of the American Council on Germany.

6:45 p.m.: “Relevance of the U.S. Election for Germany and Europe.” Evening talk with Daniel Andrich, President and CEO of Representative of German Industry and Trade (RGIT), W. David Braun, Partner at Quarles & Brady LLP and Helga Petermann, Managing Director at River Street Capital, LLC.
Tuesday, November 8:

6:00 p.m.: “Election Night Countdown.” Hosted by our foreign correspondent chief Nicole Bastian and Handelsblatt Global Edition Editor-in-Chief Kevin O’Brien with live telecasts to our reporters in Ohio, Florida, our colleagues live at the Election Camp parties of the Democrats and Republicans in New York as well as correspondents in Berlin, Brussels, Paris and London.

Wednesday, November 9:

6:00 p.m.: “Post Election: the Foreign Policy of the new President.”
Evening talk with Michael Mandelbaum, Director of the American Foreign Policy program at Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies and Jeff Gedmin, Senior Fellow, Georgetown University and former Executive Director of the Aspen Institute, Berlin and Radio Liberty Prague, and Frances G. Burwell, Vice President, Director of Transatlantic Relations and Studies at the Atlantic Council of the United States.

Thursday, November 10:

6:00 p.m.: “Looking ahead: What impact will the new president have on the economy, markets and Wall Street?” Talk with Eric Cantor, vice chairman of investment bank Moelis & Company and former House Majority Leader.

The talks will be followed each evening by snacks and drinks.

If you’re interested in attending and will be in the area, please RSVP to

All events apart from the November 3 panel discussion will be held at
Loews Madison Hotel, 1177 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005.

We very much hope to see you there.


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