The Deutsch-Britische-Gesellschaft

The Deutsch-Britische Gesellschaft e.V. is a non-profit, non-partisan, non-governmental and politically independent registered association. Its aim is to promote German-British relations in all areas of public and cultural interest. Its goals are:

  • to initiate and promote debate on current economic, political and cultural issues,
  • to contribute to wider knowledge of all aspects of British culture and lifestyle,
  • to break down prevalent stereotypes and foster interpersonal contacts between the two countries,
  • to secure and develop a united Europe while maintaining transatlantic ties.

On the occasion of her state visit to Germany in 2004, Queen Elizabeth II. valued the work of the Gesellschaft in the following greeting:

"The occasion of my fourth State Visit to Germany next month will be an opportunity once again to celebrate the great friendship which exists between our two countries. This friendship has been the basis for our partnership in NATO and the European Union. Such friendship cannot rely on the work of governments alone. It depends far more on the tireless efforts of volunteers from all walks of life. In this context I can think of no better example than the Deutsch-Britische Gesellschaft. Since the society was formed in Düsseldorf in 1949 your members throughout Germany have done much to widen and deepen the personal contacts between us. I congratulate on your success and I thank you for your dedication to British-German friendship."