Germany

Germany is Europe’s largest economy, most populous nation and influential voice in European institutions. An important global player, it boasts the fourth largest econ-omy in the world. The country has significant influence over Israel’s relations with Europe, advocates for growing economic and scientific ties, and has sponsored sev-eral key agreements between the EU and Israel.

Germany is traditionally regarded as Israel’s second most important strategic ally after the United States. With total bilateral trade amounting to $7.2 billion in 2017, Germany is Israel’s largest trade partner in Europe. Both countries share important strategic interests in the Middle East, including combating terrorism and extremism, while promoting regional stability and peace. Germany supports various Israeli de-fense projects and plays a key role vis-a-vis Iran. The German government led efforts to place Hezbollah’s military wing on the EU’s list of designated terrorist organizations.

Israel’s security and well-being have been a fundamental pillar of German post-war foreign policy. Chancellor Angela Merkel characterized Germany’s support for Isra-el’s right to exist to its raison d’état. The painful history of relations between the Jewish people and Germany continues to have a profound impact on political ties between Israel and Germany. But German sympathy for Israel is eroding, as the generation after the Holocaust is succeeded by grandchildren and great-grandchildren for whom the past is less immediate. It is one of the great challenges to maintain the high level of bilateral relations and to keep Israel on top of the Ger-man political agenda. Moreover, it is paramount for both countries to find out how much they actually have in common, the interests and values they share, that go far beyond the well-known ties of history.

ELNET in Germany

ELNET was established in Berlin in 2014 and is an independent non-profit organiza-tion. It facilitates closer relations between Germany and Israel on the basis of shared democratic interests and values. Together with its affiliates in Israel, France, Poland and Belgium, ELNET-Germany fosters the ties between European and Israeli decision makers and builds a network with its dialogue programs and delegations.

ELNET-Germany

Berlin
Tel: +49 (0)30 308759 64
E-mail: deutschland@elnetwork.eu

Bundestag’s BDS Resolution

The German Bundestag passed a motion condemning the BDS movement and calling on the government not to finance or support any organization that supports BDS or questioning Israel’s right to exist.

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Carsten Ovens

Executive Director, ELNET-Germany
Carsten Ovens is the Executive Director of ELNET Germany since March 2019. With almost two decades of experience in politics, i.a. as a Member of the Hamburg State Parliament, he devoted his work to the German-Israeli relations with a focus on innovation and startups for many years. Beforehand, Carsten worked in business development and management consulting throughout Europe, as a lecturer on marketing and communications at several leading universities, and as a researcher on social media communication effects on politics and society.

Kai Schlotterose

Project Coordinator, ELNET-Germany
Kai Schlotterose has worked for various German politicians both on the state and federal level. He is an expert on the German political landscape and political decision-making process. Previously, he was a political campaigner for members of the German Bundestag. Kai Schlotterose holds an MA degree in Political Science from the University of Potsdam and a BA in European Studies from Maastricht University.

Janika Bratvogel

Deputy Director, ELNET-Germany
Janika Bratvogel worked at the German Atlantic Association and has extensive experience bringing together the highest-level politicians and officials in the security and defense field. She holds an MA degree in Political Science and Anglo-American Studies.

Inga Carry

Project Assistant, ELNET-Germany
Inga Carry has worked for EcoPeace Middle East and the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt. She has devoted much of her academic career to the study of cross-border cooperation and conflict resolution in the Middle East. She holds an MA in Peace and Conflict Studies and a BA in Political Science.
VIctor Frank

Viktor Frank

Program Manager, ELNET-Germany
Viktor Frank worked for several years in the field of political relations in Berlin and Moscow. During this time, he gained deep insights and far-reaching knowledge at the interface between business and politics - both at national and international level. Most recently, he was responsible for media and public relations at the German Atomic Forum and accompanied the political work of the association. Viktor holds a degree in political science from the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main with a focus on international relations.