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British German Forum 2014
A smarter Europe: cooperation, competition and innovation in the 2020s (WP1320)


The BGF has been an annual event since it was established by Chancellor Kohl and Margaret Thatcher in 1985. Organised by Wilton Park, the event convenes approximately 50 ‘high fliers’ from Germany and Britain between the ages of 25 and 35. Participants are chosen from a wide range of professional sectors, including government, business, finance, media, academia and non-government organisations. Those selected represent future leaders in their respective fields.

The Forum provides a neutral, dynamic space in which participants can network and share ideas among their peers and gain insight and inspiration from experienced professionals. Through dialogue, it aims to facilitate both increased shared understanding and the building of strong relationships between influential young Britons and Germans.

Further information

Background Note

Overview document

Additional podcasts

My time as a secret listener at Wilton Park in 1943 (Fritz Lustig)

Understanding the rules of international relations (Robin Lustig)


British German Forum – uniting young leaders

A look back at some previous BGF forums.

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