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Insiders Briefing: 2005 German Election & the Atlantic Initiative | 2005-Sep-13

Washington Insiders Briefing

"German Elections 2005: Potential Implications for Transatlantic Relations"

News Release: September 13, 2005

On Tuesday, September 13, 2005, the Washington Network Group joined together with the Atlantic Initiative to assemble a panel of leading German journalists to discuss with us possible election outcomes and what the potential implications may be for transatlantic relations. We are very pleased that Volkswagen of America sponsored this special event. We met at Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. 60 people attended this event.

Washington Insiders Program

This special event was convened under the WNG's "Washington Insiders" program series, which is designed to provide meaningful opportunities for WNG Members and our guests to develop their professional and business networks in the Greater Washington Region and beyond. Our attendees included representatives from the media, corporate, investment, policy, and government sectors.

Our Original Invitation:


The Washington Network Group is pleased to partner with the

Atlantic Initiative

to convene a special briefing on the

"German Elections 2005: Potential Implications for Transatlantic Relations"

Moderated Panel Presentation

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

4:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Ronald Reagan Building
and International Trade Center

~ The Pavilion Ballroom ~
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C.
* Photo ID required to enter the building *

With German elections taking place on September 18, the Atlantic Initiative and Washington Network Group have joined together to assemble a panel of leading German journalists to discuss with us possible election outcomes and what the potential implications may be for transatlantic relations.

We are very pleased to have Volkswagen of America sponsor this special event.

Registration: There is no fee to attend, but advance registration is required.

Our Panelists include:

Michael Maibach - European American Business Council, President - (Moderator)
Torsten Krauel - Die Welt, Senior Political Correspondent
Rüdiger Lentz - Deutsche Welle, Washington Correspondent
Matthias Rüb - Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Senior Political Correspondent

Panel presentations will be followed by questions and answers. Afterwards, we will have a networking reception with our speakers and fellow guests.

About the Elections:

In May, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, struggling with 11.3 percent unemployment, called for elections one day early after his Social Democrats lost the country's biggest state election in North Rhein-Westfalia. Today, Schroeder's party stands just a few points behind the conservatives in the polls, though the chancellor leads the conservative's leader Angela Merkel in popularity (slightly) and hopes his party will come from behind in the balloting on September 18. At this point, it's anybody's guess who will lead the next German government.

About the Atlantic Initiative:

The Atlantic Initiative is a non-partisan, non-profit organization founded by a group of next-generation political thinkers in Europe. The Initiative remains convinced that the challenges of the 21st century can be mastered only through close transatlantic cooperation. Its goals are to foster better understanding between Europe and the United States on strategic issues of international relations; broaden and deepen the intellectual exchange across the Atlantic; provide networking opportunities for decision makers and opinion leaders; and help multinational corporations understand the impact of geopolitics on their business. For more information, please see official web site at:

> Atlantic Initiative - German Language.
> Atlantic Initiative - English Language.

Registration: You must be registered to attend.

Initial registrations include participants from the following:

 • Accenture • American Chamber of Commerce in Germany • Atlantic Council of the United States • Cato • Computer Associates • Congressional Research Service • Congressional Study Group on Germany/USAFMC • DaimlerChrysler • Deutsche Bank • Deutsche Telekom • EDS • Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany • Federation of American Scientists • Friedrich Ebert Foundation • Friedrich Naumann Foundation • German Federal Armed Forces • German Marshall Fund of the United States •  Global Policy Group, Inc. • IES Sánchez Lastra • International Investor • Konrad Adenauer Foundation • Lockheed Martin Corporation • M² Enterprises • MATERNA USA • McDermott Will & Emery • McKenna Long & Aldridge • Optimum Strategic Finance • Raytheon • Siemens Corporation • SRA International • U.S. Department of Commerce • U.S. Department of State • U.S. House of Representatives • U.S. Senate • Volkswagen of America •  Washington Group International • World Cities Alliance •

Please mark your calendar for this special event!

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