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About the Europe Program
Te Europe Program aims to enhance understanding o the challenges acing the European Union and the potential implications or the transatlantic relationship. Analysis, research, and policy recommendations are designed to understand the dichotomy o disintegration and deepening o the EU and to help improve the political, economic, ﬁnancial, and social stability o the EU and its member states. In 2014, the Europe Program ocuses on integration and disintegration in the EU, the deepening o the euro area, the changing role o Germany in Europe and the world, as well as challenges in the EU’s neighborhood.
Te German Marshall Fund o the United States (GMF) strengthens transatlantic cooperation on regional, national, and global challenges and opportunities in the spirit o the Marshall Plan. GMF does this by supporting individuals and institu-tions working in the transatlantic sphere, by convening leaders and members o the policy and business communities, by contributing research and analysis on transatlantic topics, and by providing exchange opportunities to oster renewed commitment to the transatlantic relationship. In addition, GMF supports a number o initiatives to strengthen democra-cies. Founded in 1972 as a non-partisan, non-proﬁt organization through a gif rom Germany as a permanent memorial to Marshall Plan assistance, GMF maintains a strong presence on both sides o the Atlantic. In addition to its headquarters in Washington, DC, GMF has oﬃces in Berlin, Paris, Brussels, Belgrade, Ankara, Bucharest, Warsaw, and unis. GMF also has smaller representations in Bratislava, urin, and Stockholm.On the cover: China’s president Xi Jinping (lef) and Russia’s president Vladimir Putin ahead o a group photo ceremony at the Fourth Summit o Conerence on Interaction and Conﬁdence Building Measures in Asia. © IAR-ASS/ Mikhail Metzel/Corbis.