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Germany after the elections - what the result means for the British and EU economy - London, 14 October 2013

"Germany’s election is no longer primarily a national affair: depending on the outcome, residents in other member states of the European Union and especially in the eurozone might feel the economic, social, and political impact of the result even more keenly than German voters themselves." (Ulrike Guerot )

Looking Back

As it was visible in the press reporting on the German elections, historic clichés of Germany as the "schoolmaster" of Europe are slowly changing in Britain and in the English media. From its policy on apprentices, to its quick economic recovery, Germany is regularly viewed as a country to learn from. Will this enhanced soft power create more room for manoeuvre for the new German government internationally?

Looking forward

While its European partners expect "German leadership", there are competing views inside and outside of Germany on what that leadership should contain, as regards EU and Eurozone economic governance and regulation. What, if any, changes can we expect in the new German Government's European policy? What does this mean for David Cameron and his strategy of renegotiation?

18.00 Opening Remarks by Dr Emil Brix, Ambassador of Austria to the UK

Panel discussions followed by Q&A

Meg Munn, Labour MP
Tobias Ellwood MP, PPS to the Minister for Europe
Imke Henkel, UK & Ireland correspondent, Focus Magazine
Holger Wessling, General Manager, London Branch, DZ Bank
Ebrahim Rahbari, Research Director, Citigroup
John Peet, Europe Editor, The Economist

The debate was moderated by David Gow, former Berlin Correspondent and Europe editor at the Guardian.

20.00 -  20.30 Drinks reception

Date | Monday, 14 October 2013
Time | 18.00-19.30, followed by a reception
Venue| Europe House, 32, Smith square, London, SW1P 3EU