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The Swinging States of America

Record­ing of our event with Peter Bey­er MP from Nov. 10.

Over the past four years, long­stan­ding norms and values of libe­ral demo­cra­ci­es have been cal­led into ques­ti­on in the United Sta­tes. Inter­na­tio­nal trea­ties and com­mit­ments have come under har­sh review with some of them having been dis­car­ded. Moreo­ver, the very legi­ti­ma­cy of demo­cra­tic elec­tions has been put under doubt – a fact that the elec­tions of 2020 have also shown to us. The future of the trans­at­lan­tic part­ners­hip can no lon­ger be taken for gran­ted. And yet it is dif­fi­cult to ima­gi­ne a strong inter­na­tio­nal alli­an­ce of defen­ders of libe­ral demo­cra­cy without a robust working trans­at­lan­tic relationship.

We were hap­py that Peter Bey­er, coor­di­na­tor of trans­at­lan­tic coope­ra­ti­on at the minis­try of for­eign affairs and mem­ber of the Ger­man Bun­des­tag, agreed to talk to us about the cur­rent sta­te of Ame­ri­can poli­tics and the trans­at­lan­tic rela­ti­ons. After finis­hing his hig­her edu­ca­ti­on ent­ran­ce qua­li­fi­ca­ti­on, Peter Bey­er com­ple­ted his mili­ta­ry ser­vice as a con­script. He then stu­di­ed law at the uni­ver­si­ties of Düs­sel­dorf and Bonn. Bey­er began his legal care­er in Ame­ri­ca and worked in Chi­ca­go and Los Ange­les. In 2000, he enrol­led in a post­gra­dua­te legal stu­dies pro­gram at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Vir­gi­nia School of Law in Char­lot­tes­vil­le and recei­ved a Mas­ter of Laws degree.

A com­mit­ted Atlan­ti­cist for many years, Bey­er stands out among Mem­bers of the Ger­man Bun­des­tag and his par­ty (CDU) as one of the most com­mit­ted advo­ca­tes of a strong trans­at­lan­tic rela­ti­ons­hip with the United Sta­tes and Cana­da. He ser­ves as par­lia­men­ta­ry Spe­cial Rap­por­teur on Trans­at­lan­tic Rela­ti­ons in the Com­mit­tee on For­eign Affairs. He is an acti­ve mem­ber of Atlan­tik-Brü­cke, the Aspen Insti­tu­te and United Euro­pe in addi­ti­on to nume­rous orga­niz­a­ti­ons in his district. Peter Bey­er, MP, is also Exe­cu­ti­ve Vice-Pre­si­dent of the Sou­the­ast Euro­pe Asso­cia­ti­on. In April 2018, Bey­er was appoin­ted Coor­di­na­tor of Trans­at­lan­tic Cooperation.

This was a coope­ra­ti­on bet­ween the Bonn Chap­ter of the Ger­man Atlan­tic Asso­cia­ti­on and Jagel­lo 2000 in Pra­gue. We cor­di­al­ly invi­te you to take part in this one-hour Zoom event, which will be held in Eng­lish and will be fol­lo­wed by an open Q&A.

Zu Gast:

Peter Beyer MdB

Transatlantic Coordinator of the German Government, Member of Parliament (CDU)

Peter Beyer begann seine Laufbahn nach seinem Abitur 1991 mit dem Wehrdienst in einer Kompanieführungstruppe in Wuppertal. Anschließend studierte er Rechts- und Staatswissenschaften, Geschichte und Politik in Düsseldorf und Bonn. Nach dem Studium arbeitete Beyer bei mehreren internationalen Kanzleien und Sozietäten (Mayer, Brown & Platt (heute Mayer Brown), Brinks, Hofer, Gilson & Lione, Murchison & Cumming). 2001 erlangte er den Master of Laws in Charlottesville, USA.
Das CDU-Mitglied (seit 1996) bekleidete ab 2004 kommunale Ämter und zog mit seiner Erstkandidatur bei der BTW 2009 als Spitzenkandidat des Mettmanner Nordkreises in den Bundestag ein. Im April 2018 wurde Beyer in das Regierungsamt des Koordinators für die Transatlantische Zusammenarbeit berufen.

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