The Ties That Bind: Forging a closer transatlantic bond between Canada and Germany in a troubled world

Canada and Germany are both facing a world rife with geopolitical uncertainty, from weakened international institutions, to great power rivalry and rising authoritarian influence. These trends will likely continue over the coming months, despite a change of leadership in the United States.

Ottawa and Berlin, in tandem with other key allies and partners, must be ready to assume greater roles in maintaining and promoting transatlantic cooperation going forward. Unfortunately, the Canadian-European dimension of this broader alliance has been largely neglected. What should an expanded Canadian role in transatlantic relations look like? What new opportunities are there for cooperation between Canada and Germany?

Event Details

  • Time: 11 am – 12:15 pm EST
  • Date: December 15, 2020

Opening Remarks (pre-recorded)

  • Her Excellency, Sabine Sparwasser, Ambassador of Germany to Canada


  • Dr. Daniela Schwarzer, Director, German Council on Foreign Relations
  • Vice-Admiral (Ret’d) Mark Norman, Former Vice Chief of the Defence Staff of Canada
  • Dr. Christian Leuprecht, Senior Fellow, Macdonald-Laurier Institute (Moderator)
  • Prof. Dr. Matthias Zimmer, Canadian Parliamentary Friendship Group at the Bundestag


How can I attend this event?

This will be an online-only event. To attend, please register here and you will be sent the link to the live video feed. A reminder email will be sent two hours before the event begins, and this email will also contain the link to the event video.

What if I can’t attend the event at the scheduled time?

A link to the event video will be emailed to all registrants after the event ends, so you will be able to watch the recording later.

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