The Coordinator of Transatlantic Cooperation, Jürgen Hardt, is travelling to New York today (14 November) for talks. Ahead of his departure, Jürgen Hardt issued the following Statement:
Despite the uncertainty about the US President’s foreign policy course, there are numerous challenges in which Germany and the United States must pull in the same direction, such as the nuclear agreement with Iran, dealing with North Korea or sanctions against Russia. We also need to maintain our dialogue on climate policy and trade issues. As Coordinator of Transatlantic Cooperation, I have the job of seeking out opportunities for such discussions, explaining German and European positions and advocating close transatlantic coordination on central issues. My trip also gives me the opportunity to continue talks with civil society organisations who are dedicated to transatlantic cooperation. This includes the renowned Leo Baeck Institute which researches and documents the history and culture of German-speaking Jews.
Jürgen Hardt has been a Member of the German Bundestag since 2009. He is Foreign Affairs Spokesman of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the German Bundestag and has been Coordinator of Transatlantic Cooperation in the Federal Foreign Office since April 2014.