Atlantic Perspectives Interview Report, nº.8
The twenty individuals from Germany interviewed for this project emphasized the critical importance of transatlantic relations for Europe. Despite its relative decline in power, the United States is still considered Europe’s most important security and economic partner. The interviewees accordingly emphasized the need to conclude the current TTIP negotiations successfully. The emergence of a pan-Atlantic community on the other hand met more scepticism, as interviewees pointed towards the still existing lack of consolidated liberal democracies and resilient markets in Latin America and even more so in Africa. Moreover, they perceived a lack of common values and shared interests across the regions of the South Atlantic and the regions of the North Atlantic.