“Make America Great Again” is the infamous slogan of Donald Trump’s election campaign. The Republican presidential candidate has broadly rejected free-trade deals, including one between the United States and Europe, and has a tendency towards isolationism. But even his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton has sounded skeptical notes when it comes to trade and globalization. That same skepticism is equally alive and well in Europe.
What are the economic and political consequences of the U.S. elections for trans-Atlantic relations? The German business weekly WirtschaftsWoche, Handelsblatt’s sister publication, is hosting a live discussion between New York and Berlin to answer some of these questions. The panel includes:
– Robert Zoellick, former U.S. trade representative and president of the World Bank.
– Karen Donfried, a former special assistant to U.S. President Barack Obama and senior director for European affairs on the National Security Council. She is currently president of the German Marshall Fund.
– Miriam Meckel, editor-in-chief of WirtschaftsWoche.
– Thomas Matussek, former German ambassador to the United States and current president of the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft.
The discussion was held at 5 pm Central European Time (11 am Eastern U.S. time.) Wednesday.