German Atlantic Society

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Not to be confused with Atlantik-Brücke ('Atlantic Bridge') or the British Atlantic Bridge.


German Atlantic Society (German:Deutsche Atlantische Gesellschaft) is a registered, non-profit lobby association based in Berlin. It is the German branch of the Atlantic Treaty Association and sees its task as informing about German security policy and the integration of Germany into NATO. Lobbypedia also names the tasks as advertising for NATO.[1]


According to its own mission statement [2], the goals of the association include:

    to support NATO's efforts in its understanding of security, stability and international cooperation based on freedom, democracy, the rule of law and human rights
    to promote a comprehensive, just and lasting peace order in accordance with the objectives of NATO
    to seek European Union cooperation in support of NATO under the Joint European Foreign Policy
    to support the integration of the Central and Eastern European member states into NATO
    to cooperate with other national Atlantic societies affiliated to the Atlantic Treaty Association (ATA)


The society was founded on 20. March 1956 in the premises of the German Parliamentary Society in Bonn by some members of the Bundestag. Leading the way was the former head of the Federal Chancellery, Otto Lenz, who was also elected the first president of the German Atlantic Society. After the sudden death of Otto Lenz, he was succeeded by Richard Jaeger. Christian Schmidt has been president since 2006.

The association's work includes information events, lectures, seminars and symposia on NATO and security issues. These tasks are carried out by 29 regional councils, forums and four committees.

As part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the association, the youth organization YATA Germany (Youth Atlantic Treaty Association) was founded as a subgroup on October 25, 2006 in Berlin. As a junior forum, YATA Germany is to include younger members in the transatlantic network. It serves the exchange of views at national and international level and organizes its own events.

The society's website does not state who is funding the society.


Leadership of the mother organization, the Atlantic Treaty Organization, is Fabrizio Luciolli (Integrity Initiative). The current partners are [3] The European Union through its Erasmus+ Initiative and The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)