British German Forum

British German Forum – uniting young leaders

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.

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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.

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We asked some of the British German Forum alumni to give us their view on what the Forum means to them.

 

2017

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) will explore the way forward for the UK and Germany to 2020.

 

 

 

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2016

What does the EU mean to us in Britain and Germany now?

Taking place just two weeks after the UK has voted to leave the European Union, this year’s British German Forum was a chance to discuss the future relationship between the two countries.

 

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2015

Strengthening our resilience in a world of shocks and crises

The 30th Forum focused on how the UK and Germany can best be prepared for an uncertain future.

 

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2014

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.

 

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2013

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.

 

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2012

Europe’s place in a challenging world

The 27th Forum considered how Europe can retain influence in a rapidly changing, and challenging, world, shaped by the rise of ‘emerging powers,’ economic crises and political uncertainties.