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British-German Alumni: Staying connected in 2020. Facing the economic impacts of COVID-19


The world is currently in the midst of a global pandemic. Europe has been the epicentre for the Covid-19 virus – 2020 will be a year of great challenge and change for the continent and the world.

In these testing times Wilton Park, with the FCO, convened a series of virtual dialogues to address the medium and longer term impacts of COVID-19, considering how can the UK, Germany and other partners work together to lessen the global economic impact and combat the disease both in our own countries and in developing countries which are likely to need more international assistance.

These monthly virtual discussions provided an opportunity for alumni of the British German Forum and Young Koenigswinter and those interested in British-German relations to connect, even when it is not possible face-to-face, and share thoughts on critical issues.

The first event in the series focused on the economic impacts of COVID-19, on a global level and individually for the UK and Germany. Economies across the world are already feeling the significant impact of the current global pandemic. The impact on economies will ultimately shape our futures. What will the world look like in 6 months, a year or over the next decade?

Questions considered include:

  • How can the UK, Germany and other partners work together to lessen global economic impact?
  • Will economies bounce back or be significantly changed?
  • How can Germany and the UK assist in lessening the global economic impact on developing countries?
  • Will we see a move towards universal income?
  • With what implications for intra Europe and global trade and the nature of borders in relation to border closures and export controls?



Summary notes

WP1789V1 Summary discussion
WP1789V2 Summary discussion
WP1789V3 Summary discussion

Wilton Park reference number: WP1789V1


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