The international conference focused primarily on economic, political, and security aspects of relations between traditional partners on both sides of the Atlantic. Speakers at the conference included the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic Andrej Babiš, the Deputy Prime Minister Karel Havlíček, the Vice-President of the European Commission Věra Jourová, European Affairs Commentator at Financial Times Tony Barber as well as other Czech and foreign experts. The aim of the conference was to find new ways to strengthen mutual relations. The world economy has experienced its most substantial decline in decades, and continuous waves of lockdowns have given little opportunity for recovery. In addition to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Transatlantic relations have been strained by Donald Trump’s disengagement policy, the repercussions of Brexit, and incompatible approaches towards China. The attached document summarizes major conclusions from the conference and provides policy recommendations related to each dimension.
The event was organised by the European Liberal Forum (ELF) in cooperation with the Institute for Politics and Society and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom.
Report – Institute for Politics and Society, December 2021
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