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A multilateral future

Online Event

Date: Wednesday, 16 June 2021 Time: 12.00pm (Dublin) / 13.00pm
 This Event is hosted by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in cooperation with the European Movement Ireland.



HE, Ambassador Geraldine Byrne Nason, Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations

 Frances Fitzgerald, MEP, Vice Chair of the EPP Group in the European Parliament, Former Tánaiste (Deputy Prime Minister) of Ireland

 Ben Tonra, Full Professor of International Relations at the University College of Dublin School of Politics and International Relations

 Welcome address: Matthias Barner, Director Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung UK & Ireland

 Moderator: Noelle O Connell, CEO of EM Ireland

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Irish and German Relationships post Brexit

11 November 2020 – 11:00 – 12:15 (GMT)

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Our Partner, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation is hosting this event. Reflecting on the German Presidency of the Council of the EU, this panel will discuss the future of Europe post Brexit.


Simon Coveney TD, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence, Irland

H.E. Ambassador Deike Potzel, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Ireland

Moderator: Noelle O Connell – CEO European Movement Ireland

Introduction: Matthias Barner,Director of the Konrad- Adenauer -Stiftung UK & Ireland

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British-German Friendship Treaty

In February 2020, the German Head of the Foreign Affairs Committee Norbert Roettgen and his counter part Thomas Tugendhat, call for a post Brexit ’treaty of friendship’ between Britain and Germany. The treaty, they say ’would deepen the bonds between the two countries’ and‚ complement what the UK agreed with the 27 member states’.

As a consequence of Brexit, parliamentarians and officials will no longer meet regularly in Brussels. Britain’s diplomatic mission in Brussels faces the risk of being downgraded. As Brexit is changing the relationship with the EU, such bilateral contract would enhance cooperation and strengthen shared values. A bilateral Anglo-German pact could enshrine joint security and foreign policy goals, foster exchanges between schools and universities and include bilateral research grants, when joint projects are no longer eligible for EU funding.

It reflects that this year’s though trade negotiations may ’toxify the atmosphere’ between Britain and the EU, therefore the idea of an early ’bilaterisation’ of ties with the two governments. Since Britain has left the EU, European countries have more freedom to pursue their joint interests without contravening EU policy. After 47 years of integration, Brexit requires a rethink of relations between individual members states and Britain.

Dr. Norbert Roettgen is a member of the Christian Democratic Union and served in the cabinet as Environment Minister from 2009 to 2012. He is chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the German Bundestag.

Thomas Tugendhat is a British Conservative MP. He has been a Member of Parliament since 2015. Since 2017 he has served as chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee.

Dr. Roettgen and Mr. Tugendhat published their proposal in The Times and the Frankfurter Allgemeine.

After Brexit: Britain’s relations with Germany and the EU

with Vicky Pryce and Dr. Hartmut Mayer

3 March 2020 17:30 – 19:30
Dartmouth House, 37 Charles Street, London, W1J 5ED

The panel will address issues like future trade and economic relations, foreign, defense as well as security policies from both British and German perspectives.

Ms Pryce is an Economist and the former Joint-Head of the Government Economic Service

Dr Hartmut Mayer works as a Research Fellow and Lecturer in International Relations at St. Peters College, University of Oxford

Joint Event with the Federal Trust and the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation

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Securing Freedom in the Age of Connectivity: Towards a Deeper German-British Partnership?

with Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer 

(Chairwoman of the CDU / German Minister of Defense) 

16.01.2020 – 17:30 to 19:00 in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE

The event is organized in conjunction with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the Dahrendorf Forum and LSE IDEAS. 


Britain, Europe and the Asian Challenge

with Lord Stephen Green

Stephen Keith Green, Baron Green of Hurstpierpoint, is a former British politician, a former Conservative Minister of State for Trade and Investment as well as the former group chairman of HSBC Holdings plc. 

Monday, 18th November 2019

6.30 – 9.00 pm, After the event a drinks reception will take place.

J. Stern & Co, 4 Carlton Gardens, London SW1Y 5AA 


Joint Event with Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation and J. Stern & Co 

What kind of Europe after the European elections?

Tuesday, 4th June 2019

5.00 – 7.00pm, After the event a drinks reception will take place.

Mary Sumner House, 24 Tufton Street, London SW1P 3RB


Joint Event with Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation and Global Policy Institute

The panel members will discuss the European election of 2019 and its results. In particular, they will analyse the success (failure) of populist parties and their most likely impact on future developments of the European Union. We are particularly pleased to be able to discuss the results of the European elections in the United Kingdom!


Dr Giacomo Benedetto
Senior Lecturer in Politics – Jean Monnet Chair, Royal Holloway, University of London

Dr Charlotte Galpin
Lecturer in German and European Politics and Deputy Director of the Institute for German Studies, University of Birmingham

RSVP: If you would like to attend please email, or ring the Trust on 020 8065 0324.

Brexit: two years into Article 50 – where are we?

Venue: Mary Sumner House, 24 Tufton Street, London SW1P 3RB

Time: 27 March 2019 – 17.00pm – 19.00pm, followed by a reception

In the past years the Federal Trust, Global Policy Institute and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation have been deeply involved with Brexit process. This event will discuss the next steps shortly before the end of the original 2 year deadline. Guest speakers from both the UK and Germany will engage in a panel discussion.


Baroness Smith of Newnham

Director of the European Centre in the Department of Politics and International Studies, Cambridge University

Nicolai von Ondarza 
Deputy Head of EU/Europe Division, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik,SWP) 

Brendan Donnelly  
Director, The Federal Trust

Reservations to the federal trust


Monday, 22nd October 2018 – 15:00 – 18:00, Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London SW1P 3EU. 


EU27 citizens in the UK still face an uncertain future if Britain leaves the EU and British citizens still face being stripped of their EU citizenship.

The panels will address the following issues followed by an audience Q&A:

  • Will settled status end the uncertainty?
  • How can the rights of Britons in Europe be protected?
  • What will replace free movement in the future?
  • How can trust be rebuilt in local communities and nationally?
  • Will political participation be impacted by Brexit?
  • What are the human rights implications of Brexit for citizens?

The formal session will be followed by a drinks reception from 6-7pm.

The conference will be co-chaired by:

Brendan Donnelly, Director of the Federal Trust

Jacqueline Minor, Former Head, UK Representation of the European Commission

The panel lists include:

Sue Ferns, Deputy Secretary General of Prospect

Professor Dimitrios Giannoulopoulos, Inaugural Chair in Law, Goldsmiths

Martha Spurrier, Director, Liberty (invited)

Oliver Garner, PhD Researcher in Law, European University Institute

Prof. Theodora Kostakopolou, University of Warwick

Tony Simpson, Permanent European citizenship ECI

Mark Lazarowicz, EU Citizens’ Rights Project, Scotland

Dr Ruvi Ziegler, Associate Professor, University of Reading

Dr Roxana Barbulescu, Academic Fellow in New Migrations, University of Leeds

This is a partner event of the Federal Trust – event registration is required. Please contact:


Brexit – Prospects for the economy and politics in Europe

Monday 14th May 2018 – 19:00 – Guest speaker: Dr. Holger Schmieding
Location: Berenberg Bank, 60 Threadneedle Street, London EC2R 8HP.

Prior to the referendum Dr. Schmieding was our guest speaker, when he was talking about the possible impact of Remain & Leave (in) the EU. The subject of the upcoming event will be an update on the Brexit negotiations and prospect for the economy and political stability in Europe.

We are also holding our General Assembly at this meeting.

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