German Symposium 2015

Facing new responsibilities: Germany's new role in Europe and beyond?

We are pleased to announce that the German Symposium 2015 will take place at the London School of Economics and Political Science from 9th to 13th March! We wish to explore the following questions throughout a week of speeches and discussion panels: What role can and must Germany fulfil in the coming decades? And to what extent will the future of the European integration process be of importance? Before the background of the many important developments of the last 12 months and the many historic anniversaries to which we paid homage in the year 2014, we believe that these questions are more relevant than ever.

Please note that every event is ticketed and that you can find the ticket link on the bottom of the events’ descriptions. For most of the events in German there will be both English and German language tickets. We do this to estimate the number of people requiring translation, so please choose your ticket accordingly. If you are an LSE student just use your student login to get the ticket, LSE external attendants have to create a guest account. 

If there should be no tickets left for an event, don’t be disappointed and  please check back some time later. We are currently trying to get bigger venues to accommodate as many participants as possible. We will publish on our Facebook page once more tickets have been released. 

NOTE: Tickets do not guarantee entry. Please be at the event location at least 15 minutes early as seats will be allocated to Ticket-Holders on a first come-first serve basis.

MONDAY, 9TH MARCH

10.00 – 11.30

Christian Wulff served as the President of the Federal Republic of Germany from 2010-2012. He was Minister-President of Lower Saxony as a Member of the Christian Democratic Union from 2003-2010. Wulff studied law with a specialisation in economics at the University of Osnabrück. After his time as President of Germany he has been working as a lawyer and is involved in several charities.

Introductory remarks by Prof. Craig Calhoun, Director of the LSE

Language: German & English translation

Location: Shaw Library (Old Building)

Tickets: SOLD OUT

Note that there is a small charge of 2 GBP to cover expenses.

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12.00 – 13.30

Jürgen Trittin (Keynote) is a Member of Parliament for the German Green Party. He was Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety from 1998 to 2005. After serving as the leader of the Green’s parliamentary group from 2009 to 2013, he was one of the Green party’s “Spitzenkandidaten” in the 2013 Federal Elections. Before his political career he studied social economy at the University of Göttingen and worked as a PR Spokesperson and journalist.

Dr. John F. Jungclaussen is a German journalist who is currently the London correspondent for Die Zeit. He attained a degree in economics from the University of London before completing his PhD at the University of Oxford in 2002. Aside from his work for Die Zeit Jungclaussen writes for the political magazine Cicero and regularly appears as a political commentator in British and German media. His book Schöpfer und Zerstörer won the Herbert-Quandt-Media-Prise in 2004.

Language: German & English translation

Location: Sheikh Zayed Theatre (New Academic Building)

Tickets: http://www.lsesu.com/events/6624/3487/

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14.00 – 15.30

Axel Hoerger is currently Chief Executive Officer at UBS Germany. Axel Hoerger was previously employed as the Head of Germany and Austria and General Manager at Goldman Sachs Investment Management GmbH. He heads German Region Institutional Business Development and Marketing.

Martin Wiesmann was named Senior Country Manager for JP Morgan in Germany in February 2014. Wiesmann has been with JP Morgan since 2007, working on a large number of M&A and capital market transactions in the transport, industrials and financial institutions sectors. Prior to joining JPMorgan, Wiesmann worked in the investment banking division of Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt for 12 years.

Dr. Martin Reitz is Managing Director of Rothschild Germany with responsibility for Rothschild’s Investment Banking activities in German speaking Europe. He joined Rothschild after working for UBS where he was Co-Head of German Investment Banking.

Dr. Yasmine Chahed (chair), LSE Department of Accounting, in her research explores new areas in corporate financial reporting at the interface between capital markets and law, focusing on narrative reporting and executive pay.

Language: English

Location: Shaw Library (Old Building)

Tickets: http://www.lsesu.com/events/6624/3486/

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16.00 – 17.30

Prof. Dr. Julian Nida-Rümelin is one of the most renowned German philosophers. He is currently teaching Philosophy and Political Theory at LMU University Munich. After studying Philosophy, Mathematics, Physics and Political Sciences he held numerous academic positions in different areas such as teaching Ethics in Life – Sciences at the Tübingen University or being Director of the Geschwister-Scholl Institute for Political Science at the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich for four years.

Language: German

Location: Shaw Library (Old Building)

Ticket link: http://www.lsesu.com/events/6624/3516/

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18.00 – 19.30

Dr.h.c. Joschka Fischer  is a German politician and member of the German Green Party. He served as Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor of Germany from 1998 – 2005. Fischer has been amongst the most popular German politicians according to opinion polls. He is supporting the Spinelli Group, which was founded to reinvigorate efforts towards federalisation of the European Union.

Tickets: SOLD OUT

Language: German & English translation

Location: Vandervell Lecture Theatre (Royal College of Surgeons)

Note that there is a small charge of 2 GBP to cover expenses.

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TUESDAY, 10th MARCH

10.30 – 12.00

Dr. Hans-Gert Pöttering is a German politician and member of the Christian Democratic Union. He was the 23rd President of the European Parliament from 2007 to 2009 and is known as a European Federalist. He has served as a Member of the European Parliament continuously since the first elections in 1979 and thus is its longest-serving member. He is now an honorary member of the European parliament and since 2010 chairman of the Konrad-Adenauer Foundation.

Kenneth Harry Clarke CH QC MP is a British Conservative politician who has represented Rushcliffe in Nottinghamshire as a Member of Parliament since 1970. Clarke, one of the UK’s best-known and popular politicians, was dubbed by the press with the affectionate nickname of “Big Beast”. He served in various British Cabinets as Chancellor of the Exchequer, Home Secretary, Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary, Education Secretary, Health Secretary and Minister without Portfolio. He has been the President of the Tory Reform Group since 1997, and contested the Conservative leadership three times in 1997, 2001, and 2005.

Jonathan Peet (chair), Europe Editor at The Economist, was previously Business Affairs Editor (from 1998). Prior to this he had been Brussels Correspondent, Executive Editor, Surveys Editor, Finance Correspondent, Washington, DC, Correspondent and Britain Correspondent. He is the co-author of “Unhappy Union: How the Euro Crisis – and Europe – Can Be Fixed”, publised by Profile Books May 2014.

Language: English

Location: CLM.4.02 (Clement House)

Tickets: http://www.lsesu.com/events/6624/3489/

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12.30 – 14.00

Douglas Richard Hurd, Baron Hurd of Westwell CH CBE PC  is a British Conservative politician who served in the governments of Margaret Thatcher and John Major. He served as Minister for Europe (1979-83), Home Secretary (1985–89), and Foreign Secretary (1989–95).

Dr. Peter Ammon is the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United Kingdom. Prior to that he served as an Ambassador to the USA. He is a supporter of free trade and as Director General for Economics at the German Foreign Office from 2001 to 2007, he helped prepare the G8 world economic summits for German chancellors Gerhard Schröder and Angela Merkel.

Prof. Michael Cox is a British academic and international relations scholar. He is currently a professor of international relations at the London School of Economics, where he is Co-Director of LSE IDEAS. As a writer, Cox has authored many books on international politics, the Cold War, US foreign policy, and the behaviour of superpowers. He has contributed to many academic journals and has been the editor of the Review of International Studies, International Relations and International Politics. He is also the General Editor of Rethinking World Politics, a Palgrave book series.

Rachel Tausendfreund (chair) is the editor at the European Council on Foreign Relations. Before joining ECFR, Rachel worked at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP). She was part of the editorial team of the bi-monthly foreign policy magazine Internationale Politik and ran IP–Journal, an online magazine covering German and European foreign policy. Previously she was a research associate at the European University Institute and worked and taught at the European University Viadrina in Germany, in the fields of the European Union studies, international trade, and political economy. She earned her B.A. in her native state of Michigan (in English literature and French) before moving to Germany where she got her M.A. in European Studies and Politics.

Language: English

Location: CLM.4.02 (Clement House)

Tickets: http://www.lsesu.com/events/6624/3490/

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16.00 – 17.30

Dr. Alexander Gauland  is a German jurist, journalist and politician. He possesses two juristical Staatsexamen and a Doctorate. Gauland is a leading politician of the right-wing AfD. Since the parliamentary elections in the state of Brandenburg, Gauland leads the AfD faction in the Brandenburger Landtag.

Sebastian Borger is a graduate of the Hamburg School of Journalism “Henri Nannen” and the LSE (BSC Econ in International Relations). He worked as a crime reporter for “Abendzeitung” in Munich before joining “Der Spiegel”, the biggest news magazine in Europe. Since moving to London, Borger has reported on British and Irish politics and business as well as European and international politics for leading German- speaking media, including Berliner Zeitung, Der Standard (Vienna) and Basler Zeitung (Switzerland). He is a regular pundit on BBC radio and the author of “Verzockt – Kweku Adoboli und die UBS”, published in 2013.

Khola Maryam Hübsch is a German journalist and publicist of Indian descent, who actively promotes the importance of inter-religious dialogue. Hübsch studied German and Psychology at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz and writes for many of Germany’s most prominent newspapers including Die Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Die Welt and Frankfurter Rundschau. She has been described as “the face of muslim women in Germany” and regular appears on German television to discuss the role of Islam in German and European society.

Hans Kundnani is the research director at the European Council on Foreign Relations, where he specializes in German foreign policy. He is also an associate fellow at the Institute for German Studies at Birmingham University. He previously worked as a full-time journalist and was a Berlin correspondent for the Observer. He is the author of Utopia or Auschwitz. Germany’s 1968 Generation and the Holocaust (London/New York: Hurst/Columbia University Press, 2009). He studied German and philosophy at Oxford University and journalism at Columbia University in New York.

Language: German

Location: CLM.5.02 (Clement House)

Tickets: http://www.lsesu.com/events/6624/3551/

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18.00 – 20.00

Urban Priol is a German comedian and Cabarett-artist. He hosted one of the country’s most popular TV shows, “Neues aus der Anstalt”. He won numerous awards for his programs and is famous for his imitations of German politicians, like Helmut Kohl, Gerhard Schröder or Angela Merkel.

Language: German

Location: Staff Dining Room (Old Building)

Drinks will be provided

Ticket link: http://www.lsesu.com/events/6624/3491/

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WEDNESDAY, 11th MARCH

9.00 – 11.00

Joe Kaeser is the Chief Executive Office of Siemens AG. Before that he had been Chief Financial Officer for 7 years. Kaeser has been with Siemens since 1980, after his Business Science Studies in Regensburg, working for the company in different parts of the world like Malaysia and the USA .

Torsten Albig is a German politician and member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany. In 2012 he became Minister-President of Schleswig-Holstein. From 2006 to 2009 he was the spokesperson of the German Minister of Finance Peer Steinbrück and head of communications at the Ministry of Finance.

Nina Trentmann (chair) is a reporter with German newspaper “Die Welt”, covering business, finance and politics. Currently, she focuses on business and finance in the United Kingdom. Before that, she reported on China; the rise of China; international companies and their performance in China and Chinese companies expanding abroad. In addition,  she covered business in Asia, the US and the UK; Social Media; future technologies and their impact on development.

Language: German & English translation

Location: Shaw Library (Old Building)

Tickets: http://www.lsesu.com/events/6624/3492/

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11.30 – 13.00

Wolfgang Kubicki is a German politician and member of the Free Democratic Party of Germany. He was member of the German Bundestag and is currently leader of the Free Democratic Party in the parliament of Schleswig-Holstein.

Stephan Weil is a German politician and leader of the Social Democratic Party in Lower Saxony. In 2013 he was elected Minister-President of Lower Saxony and also was President of the German Bundesrat until October 2014. After being awarded his law degree in 1986 he worked as a lawyer, prosecutor and judge and also worked for the Ministry of Justice of Lower Saxony.

Prof. Dr. Rita Süssmuth is a German politician and member of the Christian Democratic Union. In 1988 she became President of the Bundestag. She held the post for 10 years. Prior to that she was member of the German Bundestag and Minister of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth. She is Member of the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation to prepare recommendations to European governments and NGOs on fighting xenophobia and anti-semitism.

Prof. Dr. Carola Frege (chair) is a Professor of Comparative Employment Relations in the Management Dept at the LSE. Frege’s research has focused on the transformation and workings of employee representation and voice in Western and Eastern Europe; union revitalization strategies; and the quality of working life in Germany and the US. She is currently working on 2nd generation migrants in the US and writes a book on xenophobia and racism in Germany.​

Language: German

Location: Shaw Library (Old Building)

Tickets: http://www.lsesu.com/events/6624/3493/

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13.30 – 15.00

Prof. Dr. Gesine Schwan is a German Political Science professor and member of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) of Germany. The party has nominated her twice as a candidate for the federal presidential elections. Moreover, Gesine Schwan was Co-Founder of the Humboldt-Viadrina School of Governance in Berlin in 2009.  

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David Owen, Baron Owen, CH PC FRCP MB BChir is a British politician. He served as British Foreign Secretary from 1977 to 1979. In 1981, Owen left the Labour Party to co-found the Social Democratic Party (SDP). Owen led the SDP from 1983 to 1987 and from 1988 to 1990. He sat in the House of Lords as a crossbencher until March 2014, and now sits as an “independent social democrat”.

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Prof. Dr. Brendan Simms is an Irish historian and Professor of the History of International Relations in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge. Simms’s research focuses on the history of European foreign policy. He also serves as the president of The Henry Jackson Society, which advocates the view that supporting and promoting liberal democracy and liberal interventionism should be an integral part of Western foreign policy.

Dr. Mareike Kleine (chair), is an Associate Professor of EU and International Politics in the LSE’s European Institute. Her research interests include-theories of international organisation and International Political Economy, informal and formal governance, the interplay of domestic politics and international institutions, negotiation theories and normative questions of global governance.

Language: English

Location: CLM.5.02 (Clement House)

Tickets: http://www.lsesu.com/events/6624/3494/

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15.30 – 17.00

Valéry Giscard d’Estaing is a French political leader who served as the President of the French Republic from 1974 to 1981. Giscard was elected to the French National Assembly in 1956 and was a delegate to the United Nations General Assembly (1956–58). He served as the secretary of state for finance  from 1959–62, and as finance minister from 1962-1966 and again from 1969-1974. Giscard was elected to the presidency in a runoff election against the leftist candidate Francois Mitterand on May 19, 1974. One of the notable achievements of his presidency was France’s role in the strengthening of the European Economic Community. He was defeated in another runoff with Mitterrand on May 10, 1981. In 2001 Giscard was appointed by the European Union to chair a convention charged with drafting a constitution for the organization. In 2003, he was elected to the French Academy as one of “the immortals” for his contributions to French literature. Among his several published works are Démocratie française (1976; French Democracy) and three volumes of memoirs. In October 2014, Giscard published the book Europa: la dernière chance de l’europe in which he presents a concrete agenda for reforming the European Union. It is this latest work which will form the centerpiece of his speech at this year’s LSE German Symposium.

Dr. N. Piers Ludlow (chair) is an associate professor in the international history department of the London School of Economics. Dr Ludlow studied for his undergraduate degree at Trinity College, Oxford before moving on to St Antony’s College Oxford to study for his D.Phil. He was then a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at Balliol College, Oxford until he joined LSE in 1998. In 2009, Dr Ludlow completed a six month spell as a visiting fellow at the History Department, Princeton University. Dr Ludlow’s main research interests lie in the history of Western Europe since 1945, and in particular in the historical roots of the European integration process and the early stages of development of the EU. He is also interested in the history of the Cold War in Europe (he is an editor of Cold War History) and in the links between Western Europe and the United States throughout the Cold War period. 

Language: English

Location: Old Theatre (Old Building)

Tickets: http://www.lsesu.com/events/6624/3563/

Note that there is a small charge of 3 GBP to cover expenses.

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17.15 – 18.30

Frank Mattern is a German business economist. He was CEO of McKinsey Germany from 2007 – 2014 and became responsible for Functional Practices at McKinsey after that. He graduated from London School of Economics and University of Münster and holds an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania.

Language: English

Location: CLM.5.02 (Clement House)

Tickets: http://www.lsesu.com/events/6624/3495/

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THURSDAY, 12th MARCH

09.00 – 11.00

Prof. Dr. Claudia Maria Buch is a German economist and Deputy President of the Deutsche Bundesbank where she is responsible for the areas Financial Stability, Audit and Statistics. She was professor at the University of Tübingen and member of the German Council of Economic Experts. She is specialized in research on regulation and supervision of banking.

Martin Blessing is a German banker and chairman of the Board of Managing Directors of Commerzbank AG, Germany’s second largest bank. Blessing is a graduate of the University of Frankfurt and the University of St. Gallen (HSG) and holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago. From 1989 to 1996, he worked for McKinsey including two years as partner.

Carsten Kratz has been The Boston Consulting Group’s Head of the Management Team for Germany and Austria since 2013. He belonged to the company’s management for Germany & Austria in 2006, and also to the European management team from 2010 to 2012. Carsten Kratz studied industrial engineering at TU Darmstadt, Germany, specialising in electrical engineering.

Helene von Roeder is a German Investment banker and since September 2014, managing director and chief executive officer of the German branch of Credit Suisse in Frankfurt. Roeder studied physical astronomy in Munich and at the University of Cambridge. She worked among others for Deutsche Bank and UBS and was board member of Morgan Stanley. She has more then 20 years work experience in banking.

Marcus Theurer, (Chair), reports for the German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) from London since the beginning of 2009. Prior to the London office of FAZ Marcus worked as a reporter in Munich, at the Frankfurt news desk of the paper and for the Business newswire Dow Jones. He holds an economics degree from University of Cologne.

Language: English

Location: Hong Kong Theatre (Clement House)

Ticket link: http://www.lsesu.com/events/6624/3496/

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12.30 – 14.00

Rainer Brüderle is a German politician and member of the Free Democratic Party (FDP). He served as Minister of Economics and Transport of Rhineland-Palatinate from 1987–1998. In 2009, he was appointed Federal Minister of Economics and Technology in the second Merkel cabinet. Brüderle resigned as Federal Minister for Economics and Technology in May 2011. He then went on to serve as the chairman of the FDP parliamentary group in the Bundestag and led the FDP in the 2013 federal elections. He holds a Diploma in Economics from the University of Mainz.

Dr. Henning Meyer is a German social scientist, consultant and analyst. He is Director of the network consultancy New Global Strategy, Editor of Social Europe Journal, a Research Associate of the Public Policy Group at the London School of Economics and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of arts, commerce and manufacture (RSA). He is also a member of the German Social Democratic Party’s basic values commission.

Prof. Dr. Burkhard Schwenker is a German business consultant. He served as CEO of Roland Berger Strategy Consultants from 2003 until July 2010 when he was appointed head of the supervisory board of the firm. He served as CEO again from May 2013 to July 2014. In September 2010, Schwenker was additionally appointed the head of the Roland Berger foundation.

Marcus Theurer, (Chair), reports for the German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) from London since the beginning of 2009. Prior to the London office of FAZ Marcus worked as a reporter in Munich, at the Frankfurt news desk of the paper and for the Business newswire Dow Jones. He holds an economics degree from University of Cologne.

Language: German

Location: NAB.2.04 (New Academic Building)

Ticket link: http://www.lsesu.com/events/6624/3497/

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19.00 – 20.30

Dr. Jörg Kukies is a German banker who, alongside Wolfgang Fink, has succeeded Alexander Dibelius as the CEO of Goldman Sachs Germany. Kukies studied economics and finance at the University of Mainz, Sorbonne and Harvard, before receiving a PhD from the University of Chicago. He joined Goldman Sachs in 2001 and was named partner in 2010. Before being appointed CEO, Kukies served as Managing Director for structured products.

Language: English

Location: CLM.5.02

Ticket link: http://www.lsesu.com/events/6624/3567/

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Friday, 13th MARCH

10.30 – 12.00

David McAllister is a German politician of the conservative Christ Democratic Union (CDU). In July 2010, McAllister was elected Minister-President of the state of Lower Saxony. In the 2014 European elections, McAllister was elected a Member of the European Parliament at the top of the CDU’s list of candidates in Lower Saxony. A lawyer by profession, he has served as the chairman of the CDU parliamentary group in the Landtag (Parliament) of Lower Saxony from 2003 to 2010 and was elected chairman of the state party in 2008.

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Hans Eichel is a German politician and member of the Social Democratic Party (SPD). He has been mayor of Kassel as well as prime minister of Hesse. From 1998 – 1999, Eichel was president of the German Bundesrat and federal minister for finance from 1999-2005.

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Sir Simon McDonald KCMG, is a British diplomat who is ambassador to Germany. McDonald was educated at De La Salle College, Salford, and Pembroke College, Cambridge. He joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1982 and served at Jeddah, Riyadh, Bonn and Washington as well as at the FCO. He was Principal Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary 2001–03; Ambassador to Israel 2003–06; Director for Iraq at FCO 2006–07; Foreign Policy Adviser to the Prime Minister and Head of the Overseas and Defence Secretariat at the Cabinet Office 2007–10; and was appointed Ambassador to Germany from October 2010.

Sir Malcolm Rifkind KCMG QC MP is a British Conservative Party politician and Member of Parliament of Kensington for Kensington. He served in various roles as a cabinet minister under Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher and John Major, including Secretary of State for Scotland (1986–1990), Defence Secretary (1992–1995) and Foreign Secretary (1995–1997). Rifkind was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Edinburgh Pentlands from 1974 – 1997 and he became Chairman of the Standards and Privileges Committee of the House of Commons during the 2005–2010 parliament. Rifkind stood for the Kensington seat and was elected at the 2010 general elections. In 2010 he was appointed chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee of the House of Commons by Prime Minister David Cameron, and served in this position until 2015. In 2014 he was appointed Chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Nuclear Security Council. In January 2015 he was appointed by the OSCE as a member of their Eminent Persons Panel on European Security.

Thomas Kielinger OBE (chair) is a German journalist and author based in London. Kielinger studied English, German and philosophy at the universities of Muenster and Bochum, as well as at the University College of Cardiff. In 1971 he joined the German newspaper Die Welt as a literary critic, and remained in this position until moving to Washington to become the paper’s Washington correspondent in 1977. In 1985 he left Die Welt in order to become the Editor-in-Chief of the Rheinischer Merkur where he remained until 1994. In 1998, Kielinger returned to Die Welt to become the paper’s London correspondent, a position he holds until now. Parallel to his work as a journalist, Thomas Kielinger has authored several books on Anglo-German topics in particular. Following his book Crossroads and Roundabouts, he published a biography of Queen Elizabeth II. in 2011 and most recently a biography of Winston Churchill. Kielinger regularly appears as a political commentator on a range of topics in both British and German media.

Language: English

Location: Old Hall (Lincoln’s Inn)

Ticket link: http://www.lsesu.com/events/6624/3498/

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12.30 – 14.00

Peter Altmaier (keynote) is a German politician who has served as the Head of the German Federal Chancellery and  Federal Minister for Special Affairs since December 2013. Previously, he was Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety from May 2012 to December 2013. Altmaier, a member of the German Bundestag since 1994, is widely seen as one of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s most trusted advisors. Before his time in cabinet, Altmaier served as Secretary of State in the Interior Ministry from 2005 to 2009 and Chief Whip of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group from 2009 to 2012.

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Prof. Dr. Michael Wolffsohn is a German historian. His parents were German Jews who fled in 1939 and moved back to Germany in 1954. Wolffsohn began his studies at the Free University of Berlin, obtaining a PhD in History. From 1967 to 1970, Wolffsohn served in the Israeli Defence Force. From 1975 until 1980, Wolffsohn taught at the University of Saarland. After a 31 year long tenure at the Bundeswehr University Munich from 1981 until 2012, Wolffsohn was granted the title of Emeritus Professor for Modern History and retired from active teaching. He continues to write prolifically on a wide range of subjects and appears regularly in German and Israeli media to discuss current events. His major interests are Israeli history, international relations, and German Jewish history.

Prof. Dr. Andreas Rödder is a German historian and Professor for Modern History at the  Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz since 2005. He studied History and German philology at the University of Bonn, University of Tübingen and University of Stuttgart. He is an expert in Germany’s post-war history and gained widespread acclaim with his book on German reunification (Deutschland einig Vaterland: Die Geschichte der Wiedervereinigung) in 2009.

Dr. Aino Rosa Kristina Spohr (chair) is a specialist in the International History of Germany since 1945. She is also researching the global end of the Cold War and interested in the theory and practice of Contemporary History. Dr Spohr gained her B.A. (1997) from the University of East Anglia – with a year abroad at Sciences Po, Paris – where she read European Studies, Economics, French. She then moved to Cambridge University where she completed her M.Phil. in Historical Studies (1998) and Ph.D. in History (2000) at Peterhouse. In 2001 she worked as a Research Fellow in the Secretary General’s Private Office at NATO headquarters in Brussels. She was a Junior Research Fellow in History at Christ’s College, Cambridge (2001-4), before joining the LSE in 2004.

Language: English

Location: Old Hall (Lincoln’s Inn)

Ticket link: SOLD OUT

Note that there is a small charge of 2 GBP to cover expenses.

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