Mutual interest, brave decisions and real commitment. The future of European-African relations

15 July, 2020

On July 15, our video conference on “Europe and Africa as partners” took place. Just in time for the German EU Council Presidency, our guest speaker Günter Nooke, the German Chancellor’s Personal Representative for Africa, provided deep insights into the relationship between Europe and the African continent. We discussed the challenges and opportunities of a forward-looking partnership. The evening was moderated by Dr. Christiane Kraus, Africa expert in international development cooperation. Read more

The West and China & Hong Kong – tensions and an open future

June 22, 2020

The focus of our video conference on June 22 was China and the West. It was an exciting discussion between two experts in this field: Wolfgang Niedermark, representative of the German industry and Chairman of the German Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, and Dr. Hubert Lienhard, former Chairman of the Asia-Pacific Committee of German Industry and CEO of Voith GmbH & Co. KGaA. Quickly, it became clear that Europe will play a major role in this discussion. According to the panelists, Europe has to find its own independent role in the decoupling process between the two world powers USA and China, and Germany would have to play a central role in this process. In these difficult times, Germany had the responsibility to strengthen rather than weaken transatlantic relations. The informative and lively discussion ended with a committed plea for a strong Europe. Dr. Beate Lindemann introduced and moderated the discussion.

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“We zoom there” – “Europe in crisis: how is the European Union holding together?” With David McAllister

June 4, 2020

On Thursday 4 June, Global Bridges members came together for a video conference on the topic “Europe in crisis: how is the European Union holding together?”. Guest speaker of the evening was David McAllister, MEP and Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, who provided the participants with an exciting and insightful impression of current challenges the European Union is facing. The discussion was moderated by our member and Young Leader Dr. Daniel Bloemers, who works as a policy officer for international relations at the European Commission.

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Briefing on the current situation in Jordan with Ambassador Birgitta Siefker-Eberle

May 28, 2020

After zooming into the exciting region around Israel, we virtually travelled further into the neighboring country – across the Dead Sea to a land of desert: Jordan.

In our video conference, the German ambassador in Amman, Birgitta Siefker-Eberle, reported on the current situation in Jordan and we experienced live under what strict conditions the country is trying to contain the Corona virus. Our video conference ran for exactly one hour and fifteen minutes. Afterwards, Ms Siefker-Eberle and her driver had to be home in time before the sirens sounded, as there is a strict curfew from 6 pm to 7 am. Read more

Israel, the Middle East and the Coronacrisis

May 18/25, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic challenges all societies. It changes their dynamics and the routines of their people. The Middle East and especially Israel are particularly affected by this development, as both Dr Asher Susser on May 18 and Dr Gershon Baskin on May 25 explained to us in the two Global Bridges video conferences on Israel. Both are leading Israeli Middle East experts and well known friends of Global Bridges through our many study trips: Susser is Senior Fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle East Studies and Baskin is founder and co-chair of the Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information (IPCRI). The conferences were chaired by Dr Steven Althaus, former Chief Marketing Officer, BMW AG & Credit Suisse Group, who created a pleasant and constructive atmosphere for discussion. The introduction of the topic and speakers was taken on by Dr Beate Lindemann.

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Video conference of the participants of the Study Trips to Africa

May 7, 2020

„Please fasten your seatbelts and turn off your microphones. “

For the second time, the Global Bridges motto “We go there” was transformed into “We zoom there”. After the first video conference with participants of our previous Study Trips to Africa was a great success, all of the participants met online to zoom into an exciting discussion. This time, the destination was Accra, Ghana.

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XXXIX Berlin Global Forum

Berlin, Germany

January 29, 2020

Across the African continent, innovative startups are on the rise. Young entrepreneurs are harnessing technology and creating digital solutions with the potential both to stimulate growth and to address some of the most critical challenges the continent is facing – from access to health care to financial inclusion and market access. At our XXXIX Berlin Global Forum on January 29, 2020, Global Bridges members and Young Leader Alumni had the great opportunity to discuss opportunities and challenges of this growing startup scene and its potential for sustainable development.

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XXXVIII Berlin Global Forum

Berlin, Germany

January 16, 2020

As a follow-up to our XV Study Trip to China & Hong Kong we organized another Global Forum on China for our members. Thanks to our large network and our longstanding relationships in China, we were able to assemble a high-ranking panel for the evening, including: Wolfgang Niedermark, Head of German Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, Johnny Erling, lived in China for over 40 years and worked as China correspondent for German newspapers (i.e. Die Welt) for 22 years, and Robert von Rimscha, German Consul General in Chengdu until October 2019. Veit Etzold, Global Bridges member, professional storyteller and author, guided us through the evening. Read more

X New York Global Forum

New York, United States of America

December 12, 2019

“2019, a Turbulent Year for the US and China Relationship. What can we expect from 2020?” was the title for the 2019 Christmas holiday breakfast in NYC. Mr. Rong Yang, Vice President, Head of Hematology Marketing, Bayer US LLC, shared his perspective on the current status of the US-China relationship with a focus on the trade issue. The US has since long-time chronic trade imbalance. With EU, NAFTA countries Canada and Mexico and China, the United States runs a large volume of trade deficit. Since President Trump laid his focus on solving trade issues, it is logical that he had the three trading partners in his focus, China in particular. Read more

2019 Annual Thanksgiving Dinner / XX Frankfurt Global Forum

Frankfurt am Main, Deutschland

5. Dezember, 2019

On Thursday, December 5, Global Bridges members, Young Leader Alumni and friends came together in Frankfurt to celebrate the traditional Thanksgiving Dinner at the invitation of U.S. Consul General Patricia Lacina in her festively decorated residence. The Thanksgiving Dinner in Frankfurt has become so popular that this year we reached the absolute capacity limit with 80 participants. Read more