Institute for Politics and Society, European Liberal Forum and Friedrich Naumann Foundation invite you to VIII. annual year of the international conference Multiple Challenges for Transatlantic Partnership, which will be held on October 6th in Prague.


Welcome Speech

Jan Macháček, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Institute for Politics and Society (Czech Republic)

Šárka Shoup, Board Member, European Liberal Forum (Czech Republic)

Keynote Speakers

Timmy Dooley, Co-President, ALDE party (Republic of Ireland)

Karel Havlíček, Vice-President, Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic (Czech Republic)


EU – US economic relations: on the verge of subsidy war

Sigrid Kaag, Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister, Ministry of Finance (The Netherlands)

Karel Lannoo, Chief Executive Officer, Centre for European Policy Studies (Belgium)

Jan Macháček, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Institute for Politics and Society (Czech Republic)

Host: Mateusz M. Piotrowski, Senior Analyst for U.S. Policy & Transatlantic Relations, Polish Institute of International Affairs (Poland) (TBC)



Political Dimension: EU – US Political Relations: Geopolitical Partners with Divergent Inclinations

Liisa-Ly Pakosta, Chairwoman, Parliamentary Committee for the European Union Affairs (Estonia)

Federiga Bindi, Senior Fellow, Institute for Women’s Policy Research (Italy)

Nikos Papandreou, Member, European Parliament (Greece)


Coffee Break

14:00 – 15:20

Security Dimension – EU-US Security Relations: The Aftermath of Russian Aggression

Charles A. Kupchan, Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations (USA)

Laurynas Kasčiunas, Head, OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Delegation (Lithuania)

Jaroslav Bžoch, Vice-chairman, Parliamentary Committee on Foreign and European Affairs (Czech Republic)

Grigore-Kalev Stoicescu, Diplomat and member of the Parliament, National Defence Committee (Estonia)

Host: Dorka Takácsy, Research Fellow, Centre for Euro-Atlantic Integration and Democracy (Hungary)

15:20 – 15:30

Closing Remarks

15:30 – 16:00

Networking with a glass of wine

Economic Dimension: EU – US Economic Relations: On the Verge of Subsidy War

The war in Ukraine, along with the already exacerbated conditions following the COVID-19 pandemic, has affected the macroeconomic atmosphere. The war has reduced trade, and increased prices of food and energy, along with the residual impacts of the COVID pandemic, which exhibits the slowing economic growth and the implementation of Green Deal policies around the world. The GDP of the EU for the first quarter of 2023 has exhibited marginal growth, while the economic forecast for the rest of the year further depicts improvement, especially in the northern countries of the EU. Inflation in the EU remains relatively high, although numbers have gradually declined in comparison to the last quarter of 2022. The United States, a major exporter, never being a defendant in Russia’s fossil fuel imports the U.S. is in a more secure economic position. FED attempts to combat inflation with higher interest rates, while President Biden has signed The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), which created a dispute between the US and the EU. The IRA includes trade-distorting subsidies, including local-content requirements prohibited under World Trade Organization rules–US approval of this act could potentially strike a blow to the international trading system that could trigger protectionism in other countries. The IRA will likely harm Europe through its competitiveness effect, forcing the EU to take an opposing stance on the bill.

 What effect does the IRA have on transatlantic economic ties? Which negative effects may the subsidy battle have on companies on a micro-scale? How would this influence EU and US relations with China? Would economic liberation between the EU and the US support political alignment against China? Are Western sanctions against Russia worth it? Are sanctions still working and worth the cost the Western allied nations are facing?

Political Dimension: EU – US Political Relations: Geopolitical Partners with Divergent Inclinations

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has brought about a geopolitical rapprochement between the EU and the US as the defeat of Russian imperialism has become a unifying goal. Although Russia attempts to drive a wedge between the collective West, the transatlantic partnership appears to be stronger than ever. The West has imposed massive and unprecedented sanctions against Russia in response to the war of aggression. Particular attention is dedicated to sanctioning countries assisting Russia in evading Western sanctions. While the EU and the US seem to be unified in their approach toward Russia, their stances toward China become increasingly disputed in the transatlantic partnership. Both US political parties possess similar views with the agreement to label China as a main rival for foreign and national security administrations. European stance towards China is in Washington perceived as ambiguous. While the EU continues to officially label China simultaneously as a partner for cooperation and negotiation, an economic competitor, and a systemic rival, the perception of China varies across the Union. The geopolitical divergence between the member states recently manifests in Macron’s notorious interview when he claimed: “The worst thing would be to think that we Europeans must become followers on this topic and adapt to the American rhythm or a Chinese overreaction.”

What are the benefits and concerns of the integration of Ukraine into the EU? We have already seen the long-term negotiations associated with Turkey’s accession to the EU. Will Ukraine face the same delays? There are many Balkan countries on the EU’s “waiting list”. Will Ukraine be the next one? What are the challenges the transatlantic partnership faces concerning China? What would be the implications in the relations between the West and China, if Beijing provides military assistance to Russia?

Security dimension: EU – US Security Relations: The Aftermath of Russian Aggression

Russian aggression creates unprecedented threats to European security and thereby has strengthened military cooperation between the EU, the US, and the UK. A strong transatlantic commitment to supply Ukraine with heavy artillery, intelligence, and other forms of support plays an important role in preventing the collapse of the Ukrainian state and enables the realization of Ukrainian counter-offensive measures. However, the prolonged full-scale conflict is depleting Western reserves of ammunition and disposable military equipment, and thus creating pressure on the development of additional military capacities. The public debate in the US and certain EU member states are increasingly emphasizing the need for a foreseeable timeframe of Ukrainian success on the battlefield. The investment in Ukraine is not a charity, but rather a question of national security and collective Western identity. The defense of Ukraine is also defined as the prevention of a possible invasion of other neighboring countries. Russia is surprised by the unprecedented support of Kyiv and the combativeness of Ukrainian forces. The lasting support of Ukraine by Western allies creates a major question regarding the prospect of Ukraine joining NATO. Ukraine aims to join the coalition in the foreseeable future, however, nobody can provide a guaranteed future membership.  

How would granting membership to Ukraine change the power dynamic between NATO and Russia? What security measures are required to make sure former Soviet states are left autonomous and uninvaded? Would beginning the application process of Ukraine to NATO provoke further Russian aggression? How would the EU, along with the US, continue to counter-combat disinformation in the face of abundant media influence?