Millions of Americans cast their vote on November 3, 2020, and Joe Biden has been projected the winner of the US Presidential Election 2020. This page provides an in-depth analysis of developments surrounding the US Election and the next US Administration's impact on transatlantic trade and business.

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US Election 2020 Media Library Event Report

"This election is THE election and even Corona was a secondary topic”


On November 13, 2020, AmCham Germany welcomed Michael Müller, Mayor of Berlin at the Beyond Election Night: Transatlantic Media De-Brief


Right at the beginning Michael Müller emphasized that the future of the transatlantic alliance is the question we all have to address. But in his eyes there is a lot to do within the EU first, such as Brexit. “We all hope for a new beginning under a new president Joe Biden as it is very clear that no one can solve current challenges, such as the Corona pandemic alone”, he outlined. “International cooperation is equally important when it comes to tackling climate change,” he added. Especially in times of crises, we need trusted relationships. Berliners have enjoyed a special relationship with the US; this became clear throughout history and there is also a special bond between Berlin and the US, Müller closed.

"Even though we are in the midst of a pandemic, voter turnout was tremendous"

Melissa Eddy, Berlin Correspondent for The New York Times, mentioned the deep interest of the world in the outcome of the election as a sign of the great importance of the US in the international world order. These are exciting times to be a journalist, especially as the election was certified as the safest election in the history of the US. “Even though we are in the midst of a pandemic, voter turnout was tremendous. This shows us that the system remains intact,” she explained. But every relationship comes with its trials and tribulations, also the relationship between Germany and the US, she closed.

"This election is THE election and even Corona was a secondary topic"

Tina Hassel, Head and TV Editor-in-Chief of ARD-Hauptstadtstudio in Berlin added: “This election is THE election and even Corona was a second topic.” This is a huge difference to other elections. There was no hesitation on the political side and many politicians congratulated early in a situation where things were not completely settled. This shows us how important the election is for German and European politics. Also, Germany has to rethink its politics with a new chancellor next year.

Polish security relies on the US and NATO

Tonia Mastrobuoni, Berlin Correspondent for La Repubblica, believes that the Trump era is not over yet. "This is the most important election of the decade, and it was the first time that we saw social media limiting news," she explained. Wojciech Szymanski, Berlin Correspondent for the Polish Section of Deutsche Welle, emphasized the European perspective and mentioned that Polish security relies on the US and NATO and that Poland is traditionally pro-US. “Poland is also a very polarized and divided country, and many people hoped Trump would win again,” she said. Poland has a divided media landscape, thus the election is a complicated issue for Poland. However, in a nutshell, with Biden the temperature will change and the relations between US and Europe will be warmer.

 

 

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Our US Presidential Election Information Hub keeps you updated on the latest developments concerning the US Election and its impact on transatlantic business. Here, you'll find results from surveys with our members on election developments, answers to frequently asked questions, information about events and reading recommendations. We'll also provide you with the latest information about new activities at AmCham Germany, such as virtual events. 

*AmCham Germany is part of the virtual event series Road to Election Night & Beyond. Below you will find AmCham Germany and Road to Election Night events and the registration links for all the events in conncetion with the US Presidential Election 2020.

 

Insights Call Webinar | 2020 US Presidential Election Outlook

  • Date | Tuesday, September 22, 2020 | 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

  • Speaker | former Senate Majority Leader Senator Tom Daschle

  • Host | The Daschle Group, a Public Policy Advisory of Baker Donelson

  • Register here.

 

Road to Election Night & Beyond | Knowing Each Other? Mutual Perceptions Across the Atlantic

  • Date| Wednesday, September 23, 2020 | 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

  • Speaker | Dr. Emily Haber, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United States and John Emerson, Former Ambassador of the United States to Germany, Chairman of the American Council on Germany

  • Register here.

 

14th Transatlantic Business Conference (Virtual)

  • Date | November 12, 2020 (03:00 PM - 06:30 PM)

  • Panel 1 | US Election: What Can We Expect Now?

  • Panel 2 | The Road to Economic Recovery: The Transatlantic Partnership Post COVID-19

As part of its ongoing communications activities, AmCham Germany will be conducting frequent surveys among its members on the US Presidential Election 2020. The first member survey was conducted in September 2020 with a second survey conducted shortly after the election in November 2020.


Member Survey on the US before the Presidential Election - September 2020

Main takeaways:
 

  • According to survey participants, the next US Administration after the election should focus on free trade, healthcare, infrastructure and energy policy.
  • The majority of surveyed members believe that prospects for a transatlantic free trade agreement could improve under a possible Biden Administration.

Read our press release and view the entire survey results.

 

Member Survey on the US after the Presidential Election - November 2020

Main takeaways:
 

  • The majority of surveyed members believe that the results of the US Election 2020 will have a positive impact on transatlantic business.
  • Almost all respondents believe that concrete policy changes will occur, including a recommitment to global climate goals, a COVID-19 economic stimulus plan and a reduction in trade barriers.
  • Over two-thirds of our members believe the election results will increase the attractiveness of the US as a business location.

Read our press release and view the entire survey results.