The Coordinator of Transatlantic Cooperation
Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Philipp Mißfelder
The United States and Canada are Germany’s closest allies outside Europe. Large areas of common interests, shared challenges and values form a bond between the two sides of the Atlantic. The post of Coordinator of Cooperation with the USA and Canada was thus created in the Federal Foreign Office in 1981. Philipp Mißfelder has held this post since January 2014.
Philipp Mißfelder has been actively involved in politics since his schooldays. Foreign and security policy has always been especially important to him. He became the foreign policy spokesman of the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group in the German Bundestag in 2009 and has been a member of the Bundestag Committee on Foreign Affairs since 2008.
As a member of the Altlantik‑Brücke board of directors Philipp Mißfelder has been a committed transatlanticist for many years. He firmly believes that good relations between Germany and the United States are in the interest of both countries. The United States remains an important ally for Germany, and German policymakers should put all their efforts into strengthening this cooperation. In his capacity as Coordinator of Transatlantic Cooperation Philipp Mißfelder has made the conclusion of the comprehensive free trade agreement between the EU and the US one of his goals. He believes that a trade agreement of this kind would be of great economic advantage to both sides and especially benefit people in Germany as well as Europe.
Another focus of his work will be maintaining and intensifying relations with American‑Jewish organisations.
In view of their significance for German foreign policy, transatlantic relations need to be further extended and constantly nurtured. It is therefore important to rebuild the relationship of trust that has been damaged by the disclosure of NSA activities. To this end, committed efforts on both sides are needed.
The office of Coordinator of German‑American Cooperation was created in 1981, initially parallel in Germany and the United States. On the German side, the office has so far been held by former Minister of State Hildegard Hamm‑Brücher, the former German Ambassador in Washington and former State Secretary Bernd von Staden, the Munich political scientist Professor Werner Weidenfeld, Karsten D. Voigt, former foreign policy spokesman of the SPD Parliamentary Group in the German Bundestag, and Hans‑Ulrich Klose, former Member of the German Bundestag.
The Coordinator for Transatlantic Cooperation can be reached in the Federal Foreign Office as follows:
Postal address: Coordinator for Transatlantic Cooperation,
Auswärtiges Amt, 11013 Berlin