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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. 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.

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

2021

2020

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 the following critical issues:

2019

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?

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2018

The future of power, influence and networks

Our British German Forum is an annual series for young leaders aged 25 to 35 from the UK and Germany discussing highly topical themes. Nominations are being sought.

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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) explored 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.

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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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.

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