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According to this page it is sponsored by the Stiftung Atlantik-Brücke, Daimler Chrysler AG, Boeing International, the German Marshall Fund, the Bundesverband der Volks- und Raifeissenbanken and the Bankhaus Löbbecke. In addition, the founders have put in some of their own capital.

It doesn't produce annual reports on its website. In general I find that American charities are much more transparent in that regard than European charities. That's probably a requirement by law, and the EU should address that issue.

Full disclosure: I write a blog with Joerg who works at the Atlantische Initiative and on the Atlantic Community. The blog is otherwise not affiliated with the Atlantische Initiative.

by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Wed Feb 25th, 2009 at 11:57:36 AM EST
What I'm going to say should not be interpreted as an accusation, or the exhibition of "proof" of anything at all, but I'm wondering about Atlantic Initiative in view of the difficulty of seeing clear in its relations (or lack of?) to DC.

The New Atlantic Initiative is an undoubtedly Atlanticist and indeed neocon org sponsored and run by the American Enterprise Institute. Here's a note from SourceWatch:

New Atlantic Initiative - SourceWatch

The Atlantic Initiative is an attempt to carry the lobbying methods of AIPAC to Europe. Its related organizations, all with an "Atlantic" in their names, aim to influence policy throughout Europe. There are now Atlantic Initiatives/Foundations in about ten European countries, and most Eastern European countries, the "new Europe", have Atlantic representation. Much of the initial emphasis of these foundations is to foster friendly relations vis-a-vis Israel, to scuttle attempts to impose sanctions, and to crack down on anti-semitism.

However, a Gogol search for "Atlantic Initiative" only comes up with the one we're referring to here, in Germany.

Have you, or has anyone, any light to throw on this?

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Feb 25th, 2009 at 12:07:51 PM EST
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FWIW, looking at the names both personal and corporate involved with Atlantik-Brücke and its affiliates, I don't see where they'd have any need for the AEI's money.

One would expect them to be deeply rooted in the status-quo consensus, but not necessarily full-blown neocons.

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman

by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Wed Feb 25th, 2009 at 12:27:15 PM EST
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These right wing initiatives often go through a lot of name changes and deaths and rebirths. This one (NAI) seems to be in the death stage.

I can also assure you that if the Atlantische Initiative e.V. were co-funded by the AEI, its offices would be a lot sweller. As it is they're a pretty lean organisation with a lot of the work being done by interns.

Alas, the search for the gravy train goes on...

by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Wed Feb 25th, 2009 at 12:41:24 PM EST
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