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German Geopolitics Today Series: Migration Panel, 11 March 2016

When Mar 11, 2016
from 05:00 PM to 07:00 PM
Where Lubbock Room, Peterhouse
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This, the first event in the 'German Geopolitics Today' Series, has been convened urgently in response to the question of migration and the EU. The panel will explore what is perhaps the single most dangerous issue facing the EU today - one that must be confronted in 2016 if the European project is to survive. It will assess the real nature of the risk, analyse the root causes of the problem and of Europe's failure to address it to date, and will explore and interrogate possible paths to resolution.

Where: Lubbock Room, Peterhouse
When: 11 March 2016, 5pm
Tickets: free, but registration essential, as space is very limited. Register at


  • Heinz Schulte Historian and editor; advisor to Frank Weise, head of the Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge
  • Patrick Bahners Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
  • Walburga von Lerchenfeld Vice-Chairman CSU Foreign and Security Policy working group, Vice President EUW German section
  • Wolfgang Nowak Former Director of the Alfred Herrhausen Foundation (Deutsche Bank)
  • Jason Cowley Editor, New Statesman

About the 'German Geopolitics Today' series

The end of the Cold War and the enlargement of NATO and the EU created the context for a new phase and immensely profitable phase in modern German history. It is now widely recognised that Germany has an important, event essential role to play in Europe and the world today.

Recently, however, destabilising influences - such as the crisis of the Euro, the migration question, the rise of ISIS, Russia's annexation of Crimea, and interventions in Ukraine and Syria - have placed placed new stresses on the EU and on German federalism. In an atmosphere of rising pressure and building tension, the powers and populations of Europe have begun to question once again the desirability and wisdom of a Europe built around a German economic powerhouse at the heart of the continent, and yet the idea of a German turn inward is unimaginable.

In short, the 'German Question' has been re-opened.

In response, Rainer Neske (former board member Deutsche Bank and senior research affiliate of Peterhouse) and the Forum on Geopolitics have convened a new seminar called 'German Geopolitics Today', in which we bring together German experts from the fields of politics, banking, security and government to consider the major issues facing Germany and Europe today. Each panel will be responded to by a senior British commentator.


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