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Transatlantic Trade: Business Opportunities And Job Creation

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The U.S. economic relationship with the EU is the largest and most complex in the world.

Deputy Assistant USTR Bryant Trick visits Stuttgart

Deputy Assistant USTR Bryant Trick visited Stuttgart on July 21 to meet with representatives of important businesses and Baden-Wurttemberg’s state government to discuss the benefits of TTIP, offer an update on negotiations, and respond to questions about the agreement. Bryant Trick’s focus in the TTIP negotiations are sectoral discussions including automotive and general regulatory issues. He met with representatives of Daimler, Bosch, the IHK, and Minister for the Bundesrat, Europe, and International Affairs Peter Friedrich. After the meetings he said: “It’s clear that TTIP can unlock important business opportunities that will drive growth and job creation throughout Europe. Increasing regulatory transparency and reducing non-tariff trade barriers will build on our strong relationship while at the same time maintaining high health, environment and safety standards expected on both side of the Atlantic. The open exchange with Stuttgart's automotive industry’s global leaders and small- and medium-sized automotive suppliers and of the Baden-Wurttemberg state administration will help us deliver a package that returns real value."

Deputy Assistant USTR for Labor Affairs visited Frankfurt

Deputy Assistant USTR for Labor Affairs Carlos Romero visited Frankfurt on July 18 to meet with representatives of important labor unions and businesses in Frankfurt and representatives of the Hessen state government in Wiesbaden to learn more about their concerns regarding the T-TIP negotiations that are currently taking place. Carlos Romero met with representatives of IG Metall, IG Bau, and the Minister of the State Chancellery Axel Wintermeyer. He said after the meetings: “I greatly appreciate the open exchange of ideas and hearing the concerns and hopes of German labor unions and the Hessen state administration. From our discussions, it’s clear that TTIP is creating important opportunities to deepen transatlantic collaboration on labor rights issues toward the common goal of improving working conditions and standards in the context of broadening our trade relationship.”

  • Carlos Romero (Labor) – Berlin and Frankfurt, July 17-18
  • Jai Motwane (Investment) – Dusseldorf and Munich, July 21-24
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  • Christina Sevilla (SMEs) – Leipzig, July 14-15
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  • Bryant Trick (Sectors – engineering, auto, etc.) – Stuttgart and Berlin, July 21-22
  • http://www.ustr.gov/about-us/benefits-trade

July 8: Templehof Exhibit opening at Allied Museum

Ambassador Emerson with the exhibit curator Florian Weiss

Ambassador Emerson with the exhibit curator Florian Weiss

Ambassador Emerson gave remarks at the opening of the special exhibit:
"Tempelhof Central Airport, The American Story". Also present was German Culture Minister Monika Grütters.

July 4: United States Celebrates Its 238th Birthday

On July 4, the U.S. Embassy held its traditional Independence Day reception at Tempelhof Airport in Berlin. The Ambassador of the United States of America, John B. Emerson and Kimberly Marteau Emerson welcomed 2,500 invited guests to enjoy an evening with musical entertainment by the American singer Ingrid Arthur and band, food and beverages, as well as fireworks on Tempelhofer Feld for the first time.

July 3: American Ambassador Visits Berlin Zoo

Zoo/Tierpark Berlin and the Los Angeles Zoo sign a cooperation agreement.

The Zoo/Tierpark Berlin and the L.A. Zoo have agreed to a joint Memorandum of Understanding to help better protect animals and to foster closer cooperation. U.S. Ambassador John B. Emerson joined Dr. Andreas Knieriem, Director of the Zoo/Tierpark Berlin, and Tom LaBonge, member of the Los Angeles City Council, in welcoming the MOU.

Building on their successful cooperation over the past years, the Los Angeles and Berlin facilities agreed formally to establish a strategic partnership. The three zoos each maintain large and significant animal populations, and all participate in conservation / breeding programs for critically-endangered species. Another practice the zoos have in common is that they care for many species rarely kept in zoos and which are difficult to manage. The MOU makes official the existing informal cooperation between the Los Angeles Zoo and the Zoo and Tierpark Berlin.

The goal of MOU is the exchange of animals from certain species, in order to develop more genetically diverse populations, and to benefit from the experience of the partner zoos by supporting professional staff exchanges. The MOU also includes research into wild bats (species- and population inventories) at the respective partner zoo, joint fund-raising projects for in-situ protection of endangered species, for example, establishing a rescue station for injured Sumatra tigers in Jambi Province in North Sumatra.

Through June 30: “Hans Richter: Encounters – From Dada till today”

Hans Richter: Ghosts Before Breakfast. 1928 B/W, 35mm, approx. 7 minutes

Hans Richter: Ghosts Before Breakfast. 1928 B/W, 35mm, approx. 7 minutes

“Hans Richter: Encounters from Dada to Today” is the title of one of his books, which appeared in the 1970s. In post-war West Germany it was preceded by a rediscovery of this significant artist, who was hounded by the Nazis and whose work was shown as part of the infamous “Degenerate Art” exhibition of 1937. Now, for the first time since the 1980s, an exhibition is being dedicated to this great Berlin artist in his native city. It includes over 140 works, including his major films and some fifty works by artists whom he influenced. Hans Richter worked with multimedia in an era when this term hadn’t even been invented. He regarded film as part of modern art. “The absolute film opens your eyes to what the camera is, what it can do, and what it wants.”

Exhibition at Martin Gropius Bau

May–June: Entrepreneurship MOOC

Ideas and Innovation Forum

To foster the spirit of entrepreneurship under the patronage of the Ambassador of the United States of America John B. Emerson              

Entrepreneurial spirit is a key driver of economic growth and success. It is not just about crafting the right economic policy; it’s about creating a climate in which ideas and innovation can flourish. One of the best ways to transform innovative ideas into thriving companies is to share knowledge within communities, across countries, and around the world.  There are many instances of how German and American innovators, scientists, and students have worked together to shape the world we live in.  We would like to expand this German-American community of entrepreneurs by exploring some of the ways they have turned great ideas into great companies – on both sides of the Atlantic.

Here’s how you can join us:

  1. Follow with us the MOOC “Developing Innovative Ideas for New Companies: The First Step in Entrepreneurship” run by Dr. James V. Green from the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute at the University of Maryland.  The course runs from May 19 to June 29.  It is free.
    Register here:
    www.coursera.org/course/innovativeideas
    And sign up here so that we can share ideas and build a community:
    http://bit.ly/BerlinMOOC

  2. Take part in weekly facilitated networking sessions, site visits and discussions with fellow MOOC participants and innovators.  Learn something about the Berlin startup ecosystem.

  3. Finish the course and have the chance to present your idea after the 6 week program to industry experts and experienced entrepreneurs at the closing MOOC meeting on July 1st in the US Embassy

Interested? To find out more, contact us at MoocsBerlin@gmail.com.

June 26: Cyber Bilateral consultations in Berlin

Cyber Dialogue U.S. delegation

Cyber Dialogue U.S. delegation

On June 26, the U.S. and German governments met in their latest round of Cyber Bilateral consultations to discuss a broad range of cyber issues. The U.S. Delegation was led by State Department Cyber Coordinator Chris Painter and included Coordinator for Communication and Information Policy Ambassador Danny Sepulveda, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Scott Busby, White House Deputy Chief Technical Officer Nicole Wong, and representatives of the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Justice, Commerce/NTIA, NIST, and the National Security Council. After the consultations, the U.S. Delegation and their German counterparts met near the Brandenburg Gate to watch the two countries' soccer teams face off in the World Cup.

June 26: “Viewing Party” on Occasion of World Cup Soccer Game Germany-USA at Bi Nuu in Berlin-Kreuzberg

U.s and German flags at the viewing party

U.s and German flags at the viewing party

The U.S. Embassy Berlin hosted 550 young people to view the USA vs. Germany World Cup match at a venue in Kreuzberg, an ethnically and culturally diverse district of Berlin. The audience was a mix of German and American students and their teachers, alumni of U.S. Embassy programs, and players from German and Turkish youth and girls’ soccer teams, as well as many representatives from sports organizations. The fans loudly cheered for their teams. During the halftime break Embassy representatives conducted a raffle of sports jerseys. The exciting match ended with a 1:0 win for Germany.

June 24: Mentors Offer Entrepreneurs Personal Advices on Idea Pitching

As part of the Ideas and Innovation Meetup Forum, entrepreneurs met with mentors for individualized advice at the Microsoft Accelerator on June 24. The entrepreneurs walked away with solid ideas how to improve their business models and how to pitch to investors. This session is to prepare the entrepreneurs to formally pitch their ideas to investors at the U.S. Embassy as the final session of the forum. Mrs. Kimberly Emerson attended this event.

June 24th: A New Form of Violence Prevention: A Film Project, “West Side Berlin,” Celebrates Its Premiere

Ambassador Emerson with students and teachers

Ambassador Emerson with students and teachers

22 students from the Ernst-Schering-Schule in Berlin-Wedding transformed the musical, “West Side Story” into a short film over the course of six months. The production of the film “West Side Berlin” was the culmination of the West Side Story Project that began in 2011 and ran for over three years. During this time, students from the Ernst-Schering-Schule developed and performed -- with the support of theater instructor and film director Sabine Winterfeldt -- a play based on “West Side Story.” The project was sponsored by U.S. Embassy Berlin and The Leonard Bernstein Office in conjunction with the Violence Prevention Network and Berlin Police Unit 35.

The students dealt extensively with themes of violence, tolerance, prejudice, and discrimination throughout the project, and participated in every stage of the film’s development. Special coaching was provided to the young actors in preparation for shooting the film, which was completed by Sabine Winterfeldt’s team over six days in a variety of locations and will be used as a basis for future violence prevention workshops hosted by the police. The production of the film was supported by students of the cimdata.de. and many other sponsors, who are listed below.