About 600 German and American politics junkies gathered at the Telekom representation in Berlin to watch the US presidential elections, discuss politics and socialize until the break of dawn.
night party was organized by the US Embassy and The German Marshall Fund in cooperation with the
American Chamber of Commerce e. V., the German
Atlantic Association, the German Council on Foreign Relations and others.
We interviewed think tankers and exchange students about their hopes and expectations for the next US president.
In the first video, three policy experts explain which transatlantic policy disagreements will be resolved with the election of a new US president and which will continue to exist. Dr. John C. Hulsman and Dr. Henning Riecke of the German Council of Foreign Relations describe the structural reasons behind many transatlantic dissonances that will not disappear with a new president in office. Johannes Thimm, Ph.D. candidate at the Free University of Berlin, looks forward to Al Gore being involved in climate change negotiations, but believes that the US and Europe will remain ocean's apart on the International Criminal Court.
In the second video, two German Fulbright alumni describe why they stay up all night to follow the US elections. A group of exchange students from Bates College in Maine and a student from Stanford talk about the new image for America and the domestic and international changes they hope to see after the elections, including more support from Europe.
What do you think of Barack Obama's election as president of the United States of America?
Now that the Americans have evened the ground for renewed transatlantic cooperation, what should Europe do to improve transatlantic relations?
Which policy disagreements between the United States and Europe will be overcome first after Obama's inauguration?
Which policy disagreements do you expect to continue?