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British German Forum 2017: Securing the future in a changing world to 2020 and beyond (WP1549)


Sunday 9 to Thursday 13 July, 2017

Taking place in the run-up to the German Federal Election, in the midst of the Brexit negotiations, and against the backdrop of a changing international order, this year’s British German Forum (BGF) explored the way forward for the UK and Germany to 2020. What are the shared and individual challenges and how will both countries respond? Discussion focused on three core topics and their implications for the UK and Germany:

  • The ‘shifting sands’ of the international order
  • The future for business in a changing global economic landscape
  • Social and political disruption and innovation

Why participate?

The BGF is a unique opportunity for 50 future leaders from Britain and Germany to participate in an interactive dialogue and build lasting relationships across sectors. The four day programme, mixing working groups and facilitated panel discussions, included a day in London with discussions at the House of Commons, Foreign and Commonwealth Office and German Embassy. Participants engaged with expert speakers from government, business and NGO/CSOs.

Join our network of alumni

Over 1,000 participants who are now in positions of leadership in business, the financial sector, government, NGOs and academia. Recent alumni include:

  • Newspaper editors
  • TV journalists
  • British and German Members of Parliament
  • High level diplomats

Additional information

Pre-reading material


We asked speakers and participants for their thoughts on the single most important issue that will shape a successful outcome in the current Brexit negotiations.

At our 2016 forum, we asked some of the British German Forum alumni to give us their view on what the Forum means to them.

We also asked what Europe means to the UK and Germany now.

British German Forum – uniting young leaders

A look back at some previous BGF forums.

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