Speaker: Constanze Stelzenmüller is a senior fellow at BROOKINGS Foreign Policy, she is an expert on German, European, and Transatlantic foreign and security policies. She headed the Berlin office of the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) before becoming a senior fellow at BROOKINGS.

Affiliated Institution: The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC; their mission is to conduct in-depth research that leads to new ideas for solving problems facing society at the local, national and global level.

Summary: Stelzenmüller talked about the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on the EU-Transatlantic relations, the European countries had trust issues among themselves because of their reluctance to put a suitable response to the pandemic, and how the EU should allocate the pandemic financial support among its members. However, the most affected relations -even before the pandemic- were the EU-US relations, as the American (Going) President “Donald Trump” weakened these relations by questioning the European countries commitments to the NATO, but Stelzenmüller is optimistic about the possible recovery of the EU-Transatlantic relations after the American voters have elected “Joe Biden” with a bright light of cooperation at the end of Trump’s tunnel on January 20th, 2021. Another crucial matter that Stelzenmüller talked about is the German Federal Elections by the Fall of 2021, as Germany has been the leader of the EU for almost a decade, and any political change in it would certainly affect the whole EU, and the Transatlantic relations accordingly.