„Understanding Brexit – Britain’s and Germanys Past and Future“

cisgbonn Allgemein


with Brendan Simms, Professor in the History of International Relations in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge


with Andreas Rödder, Professor in Recent History at the Department of History at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz


Anna Sauerbrey, Head of Opinion and Tagesspiegel Causa, Newspaper „Der Tagesspiegel“

Tuesday, May 7, 2019
06:15 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.
Festsaal, Main Building, University of Bonn,
Regina-Pacis-Weg 3, 53113 Bonn

March 29, 2019 marks a historic day in European history as the Brexit represents an inflection point for Britain and the EU. The UK resisted a deeper union and chose economic relations its primary interest, while Germany is committed to the vision of a European political union. These different approaches emphasize Britain’s long-lasting separate identity which is focused on national sovereignty in contrast to the supra-national idea of the EU. Against this background, Brexit now challenges the EU to establish a new structure of security and order on the continent with the UK.

Which established narratives and perceptions of the 20th century in the relationship between Britain and Europe now need revision? How will relations between EU and UK evolve? How will Britain find its place within the future of Europe? Can a united future be conceived from this embedded history? What does Brexit entail for Germany and an ever closer union among the peoples of Europe?