On May 2, the Atlantic Council’s Global Business and Economics Program  hosted an off-the-record roundtable of financial regulators, experienced attorneys, and leading academics on international financial reform with the first vice president of the European Parliament, Gianni Pittella.
According to a recent Atlantic Council-Bertelsmann Foundation study  of trade experts and policymakers from the United States and Europe, there is widespread optimism that that two sides will be able to successfully negotiate a trade and investment deal.
On April 17, 2013, the Atlantic Council hosted a member’s conference call with Megan Greene —chief economist of Maverick Intelligence and a senior fellow in the Council’s Global Business and Economics Program —about the ongoing eurozone crisis, the latest developments in Cyprus, and the impact that the subsequent bailout will have on the Eurozone.
As leaders in the United States and Europe prepare for the formal launch of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) talks, the Bertelsmann Foundation and the Atlantic Council have conducted a survey of trade policy experts from the public and private sectors on both sides of the Atlantic to gauge their expectations for the results of negotiations.
With both the United States and Europe mired in economic stagnation, removing the remaining barriers to trade—both tariffs and divergent regulations—is critical to maintaining the leadership position the West has grown accustomed to.
Global Business and Economics Program  Senior Fellow Dr. Douglas Besharov  testified before the House Committee on Ways and Means  on lessons learned from Europe in reforming unemployment and social assistance welfare programs.
As the United States and European Union begin negotiations in earnest to establish a robust Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, C. Boyden Gray  argues in a new Atlantic Council issue brief that the two sides should seek the most comprehensive agreement possible. Given the relative weakness of the recovery in the aftermath of the financial crisis, opening trade and establishing common regulatory standards provides both Europe and the United States with a viable path towards strong, sustainable economic growth.
On February 15 the Atlantic Council and The Clearing House are hosting a discussion with Michel Barnier, European commissioner for the internal market and services, on the future of transatlantic financial regulatory cooperation and its impact on the financial industry and the global economic recovery.