Episode 5 | Transatlantic Generational Divide
Bridging the Atlantic
How the transatlantic relationship looks in the future depends in large part on the younger generations who will inherit it. Millennials and Gen Z already exert their political influence through voting—and in some cases as legislators or even heads of government—but for the most part the transatlantic political agenda is set by older generations. In this episode, we dive into generational divides on both sides of the Atlantic and discuss why different generations have different political mindsets.
First, Stephen Szabo, professor at George Washington University and senior fellow at the Johns Hopkins University American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) explains generational dynamics and talks about how he differs from his students. Then Brandon Bohrn, project manager at the Bertelsmann Stiftung, and Gesine Weber, research analyst at the German Marshall Fund of the United States discuss the results of the Transatlantic Trends 2022 survey and report and share their personal thoughts on the transatlantic relationship.