The British German Forum was established by Chancellor Kohl and Margaret Thatcher in 1985 and has been an annual event ever since. 2016 marked 30 years since the first Forum took place. It provides a 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.
At our 2016 Forum, we asked some of the participants to give us their view on what Europe means to the UK and Germany, now the UK has decided to leave the EU.
We asked some of the British German Forum alumni to give us their view on what the Forum means to them.
Can globalisation still work for all?
This year’s Forum will provide a space for participants to look at how to respond to the challenges and opportunities presented by globalisation, and explore three critical questions:
How can globalisation be made to work for all?
What must societies in the UK and Germany do to keep pace with technological change and disruption?
How might industrial strategies and wider government policies in UK and Germany be able to counter inequality?
Securing the future in a changing world to 2020 and beyond
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.
A smarter Europe: cooperation, competition and innovation in the 2020s
The 29th Forum focused on Europe’s transition from conflict to contemporary cooperation and competition. Participants discussed what could be done to make the UK and Germany (individually) and Europe (collectively) ‘smarter’ – more economically competitive and able to do more with less resource.
The future of Europe: relevance and effectiveness in the 21st century?
The 28th Forum discussed the changing dynamics of British and German engagement in Europe. Participants explored to what extent British and German citizens might view the European ‘project’ differently and how they foresee its future.