Gianni Pittella Chairman of the S&D Group of the European Parliament (Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats).

The recent change in the geostrategic situation of Europe, the crisis in Ukraine, the growing security challenge posed by Russia and the increased terrorist threat call for an ever closer transatlantic cooperation in the field of security and trade. As Europe struggles to revive its economy and faces the challenge of populism, the S&D Group is at the center of the debate on the future of the European Union.