The German Marshall Fund and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung invite you to an Online Event:
Wednesday, June 22, 2022 | 10:00am - 12:00pm EDT (4:00pm - 6:00pm CEST)
Register Here (to receive the zoom link)
On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Marshall Plan and the 50th anniversary of the founding of the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) and GMF are honored to host an event about Willy Brandt’s Westpolitik and its lessons for today. We cordially invite you to join our livestream for this exceptional occasion.
Chancellor Willy Brandt’s famed Ostpolitik rested on the solid basis of his Westpolitik. To achieve rapprochement with the Soviet Union and the other Warsaw Pact countries, Brandt found it essential to firmly root West Germany in the transatlantic partnership and to ensure that it pulled its weight when it came to defending freedom. The nexus between Ostpolitik and Westpolitik is often overlooked or even forgotten.
A key example of Westpolitik is Chancellor Brandt’s speech at Harvard University fifty years ago, on June 5th, 1972. In it, he outlined the pillars of this policy and, in gratitude to the American people for the Marshall Plan help, he presented a gift to establish the German Marshall Fund of the United States.
Join us for a close look at Willy Brandt’s Westpolitik to explore its role in the past decades, why it received little attention, and what we can learn from it for today’s challenges.
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