June 2nd, 2014

CSGE: June 2 – “What the European Parliament Elections Say About the EU, Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship”

This roundtable was held in partnership with the European Parliament Liaison Office to the U.S. Congress. Off-the-record and closed to press; participation by invitation only. For more information, please contact Andrew Shoenig at AShoenig -at- usafmc.org.

Photos available on our Flickr page here or in the slideshow below.

Featured Discussants:

  • Dr. Jeffrey J. Anderson, Georgetown University
  • Mr. Wolfgang Pordzik, DHL
  • Mr. David Rennie, The Economist
  • Mr. Peter Skinner, MEP (S&D)

About the Discussants:

Dr. Jeffrey J. Anderson is the Graf Goltz Professor and Director of the BMW Center for German and European Studies at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and Department of Government. Prior to Georgetown, he was on faculty at Brown and Emory Universities. From 2001-2002, Dr. Anderson served as Director of Studies at the  American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, and has also held positions at the German Society for Foreign Policy and Harvard University’s Center for European Studies. His specialty is European politics, with special emphasis on the European Union and postwar German politics and foreign policy.

Mr. Wolfgang Pordzik has served as Executive Vice President for Corporate Public Policy of DP DHL since 2002. DHL is a fully-owned subsidiary of Deutsche Post DHL (DP DHL) which is the world’s leading postal and logistics services group. Prior to joining DHL, Pordzik founded “Transatlantic Issue Management Inc.” (TIM) in 1997, and in 1981, Pordzik opened the first North American office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation in Washington, D.C. He has also worked as a research associate at the Center for International Studies of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Mr. David Rennie joined The Economist in 2007 as European Union correspondent and Charlemagne columnist, based in Brussels. From July 2010 to July 2012, he was British political editor and author of the Bagehot column. In the summer of 2012, he moved to Washington, D.C. to become Lexington columnist. Previously, he was on the foreign staff of the Daily Telegraph, with postings in Sydney (1998), Beijing (1998 to 2002), Washington, D.C. (2002-05) and Brussels (2005-07). From 2006 until he joined The Economist, he was also a contributing editor of Spectator. He worked for the Daily Telegraph in London (1996-98), and the Evening Standard (1992-96).

Mr. Peter Skinner was elected to the European Parliament in 1994 for the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats. He serves on the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs and is a senior member on the Delegation for Relations with the United States. Mr. Skinner plays a key role in the European Parliament’s transatlantic relations, and has been the Parliament’s adviser on the Transatlantic Economic Council – part of the Transatlantic Legislators Dialogue. Mr. Skinner is also a substitute member for the Committee on International Trade, Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, and the Delegation for Relations with Japan.