Willy Brandt’s Westpolitik – and Its Lessons for Today

Online Event on June 22, 2022

The German Marshall Fund and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung invite you to an Online Event:

Willy Brandt's Westpolitik - And Its Lessons for Today

Wednesday, June 22, 2022 | 10:00am - 12:00pm EDT (4:00pm - 6:00pm CEST)

Register Here (to receive the zoom link)

Keynote Speakers:

  • Bernd Rother, Senior Research Fellow at the Bundeskanzler Willy Brandt Stiftung
  • Timothy Naftali, New York University and fmr. director of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum

Panel Discussion:

  • Nils Schmid, Member of Parliament, Foreign Policy Spokesperson of the SPD Parliamentary Group in the German Bundestag
  • Ronja Kempin, Senior Fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs
  • Timothy Naftali, New York University; former director, Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum

Opening Remarks:

  • Knut Dethlefsen, Representative of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, USA and Canada

Moderated by:

  • Thomas Kleine-Brockhoff, Vice President and Director of GMF's Berlin Office

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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