A Report from Königswinter – Observations on the 73rd Königswinter Conference

23. October 2023 18:30

Dr Heather Grabbe & Johannes Leithäuser

The Königswinter Conference is organized by the Deutsch-Britische Gesellschaft and the UK Koenigswinter Committee since its inception in 1950. For more information on past conferences, you can refer to our website www.debrige.de.

The 2023 Königswinter Conference took place in Schloss Neuhardenberg on 14th-16th September, 2023. The title of the conference was “The UK and Germany: Ready for the Challenges of 2024?”. Around 80 participants from both the UK and Germany attended the conference. A wide range of topics were discussed during the conference, including the artificial intelligence and technological change, the challenge of global governance in an increasingly competitive world, the 2024 elections in the UK, the EU and the USA, the ongoing war in Ukraine and the question of a new European security architecture, as well as how to make democracy more resilient. Anna Lührmann, the German Minister of State for Europe and Climate, and Leo Docherty, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Europe) delivered the opening speeches.

Dr Heather Grabbe and Johannes Leithäuser, who both attended the conference, will share with us their impressions and observations from the conference in accordance with the “Chatham House Rule”.

Dr Heather Grabbe is Senior Fellow at Bruegel, the economics think-tank, as well as Visiting Professor at University College London and Senior Advisor to the Open Society Foundations. From 2004 to 2009 she was senior advisor to European Commissioner Olli Rehn on the Balkans and Turkey. Recently she co-authored the International System Change Compass on the implications of the European Green Deal for the EU’s relations with other regions of the world.

Johannes Leithäuser is the London Correspondent for FAZ. He joined the political news department of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in 1988 and moved onto the Berlin editorial team in 1990. After that, he began to deal with domestic and foreign policy in the Berlin parliamentary office.

The event will be held in English and chaired by Dr Rupert Graf Strachwitz, Vice Chairman, Deutsch-Britische Gesellschaft.

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