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 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
June 23, 2016 marks a historic day in European history as the British public voted by a small margin to leave the European Union. Since then the UK and the EU have been engaged in a longwinding, difficult process of trying to redefine the future relationship. The UK resists a deeper union and chooses economic relations as 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 appears to be focused on (national) state sovereignty in contrast to the supranational 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 the EU and the 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 countries of Europe?