Germany and the UK: Contrasts and Similarities

International Affairs and the Search for a Global Role

Throughout this year, the Federal Trust, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and the Global Policy Institute will be jointly organising a series of panel discussions to assess the different approaches of the UK and Germany to important policy issues.


The second of these discussions will focus on the different global roles that the UK and Germany seek, taking each in turn and then placing them in European context. For the UK, this is a long-running debate that takes in relations with Europe, the ‘special relationship’ with the USA, and the historical search for a post-imperial role. For Germany, a global role has risen up the agenda recently, not just with events in Ukraine, but also with the much discussed speech from President Joachim Gauck in Munich which called for Germany to take ‘more responsibility’ in international affairs.


Professor Stephen Haseler, Director, Global Policy Institute

Daniela Schwarzer, Director, Europe Programme, German Marshall Fund

Professor Richard Whitman, Professor of Politics and International Relations, University of Kent

Chair: Brendan Donnelly, Director, Federal Trust

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Mary Sumner House, Tufton Street, Westminster


  • Professor Stephen Haseler (GPI)
    • Daniela Schwarzer (German Marshall Fund)
      • Professor Richard Whitman (University of Kent)


        The UK and Germany: International Affairs and the Search for a Global Role: Second Seminar in the 'UK and Germany: Contrasts and Similarities' series
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        James Hannah

        Project Manager