Established in 2001, GMF’s Brussels office is a leading center for transatlantic debate and analysis, and one of the largest . international policy institutions in Europe. The office brings . perspectives to European policy audiences, and brings the work of GMF-wide programs to official and non-government audiences in Brussels. With a multinational staff of 25, GMF Brussels covers the full range of transatlantic issues, with special emphasis on foreign and security policy, trade, energy security, and EU and NATO affairs. The office is the European hub for GMF’s transatlantic leadership initiatives, including the Marshall Memorial Fellowship, the Young Transatlantic Network, and outreach to GMF’s alumni community of over 3,000 leaders. GMF’s programs on Central and Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean, the wider Atlantic, and Asia all have a strong presence in Brussels.
As West Germany was reorganised and gained independence from its occupiers, the German Democratic Republic was established in East Germany in 1949. The creation of the two states solidified the 1945 division of Germany.  On 10 March 1952, (in what would become known as the " Stalin Note ") Stalin put forth a proposal to reunify Germany with a policy of neutrality, with no conditions on economic policies and with guarantees for "the rights of man and basic freedoms, including freedom of speech, press, religious persuasion, political conviction, and assembly" and free activity of democratic parties and organizations.  This was turned down; reunification was not a priority for the leadership of West Germany, and the NATO powers declined the proposal, asserting that Germany should be able to join NATO and that such a negotiation with the Soviet Union would be seen as a capitulation. There have been several debates about whether a real chance for reunification had been missed in 1952.