The BGA runs an active and diverse range of events for those involved in business, politics and the arts.
The Lord Watson of Richmond CBE , President of The British-German Association will talk about his latest book “Churchill’s Legacy – Two Speeches to save the World”
Wednesday 1st March 2017 - Drinks 6.30 – Lecture 7 pm hours
34 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8QB Churchill’s Legacy describes how Churchill wielded his influence in post-war politics to enable the restoration of Europe through two key speeches in 1946. Having first helped bring victory to the Allies in 1945, Churchill went on to preserve the freedom of the world by gaining the support of the United States in the restoration of Europe. In Fulton Missouri, Churchill alerted America to the reality of ‘Uncle Joe’ – a tyrant determined to dominate Europe at any cost. Churchill called for an Anglo-American alliance based on their shared values and the deterrent of America’s possession of the atomic bomb. Churchill also urged the Americans to recognise the debt they owed Britain for opposing Hitler in 1940. In doing so, he contributed to the US thinking behind the need for the Marshall Plan. In Zurich, Churchill boldly proposed a partnership between France and Germany: a United States of Europe. The hatred stirred up by the war had to be replaced by partnership for Europe to recover its economic vitality and regain its moral stature. Together, the Anglo-American Alliance and a United States of Europe led by France and Germany would have the power to ‘smite the crocodile’ of Soviet ambition. To understand what Churchill intended with these two speeches requires perspective. In truth, Churchill was the catalyst of a new era-one built upon effective defence, economic revival, and European unity. His speeches have been added to UNESCO’S International Memory of the World Register. We should like to extend our thanks to HE The German Ambassador Dr Peter Ammon for allowing us to use the reception room at No. 34 for this event. Lord Watson has a lifelong involvement in communications as an award-winning BBC broadcaster for over 20 years presenting ‘Panorama’ on BBC1 and ‘The Money Programme’ on BBC2. On a daily basis he advises many major UK and internationally-based companies on their communications strategies. Lord Watson is a committed internationalist and serves as the President of the British-German Association, Chairman of the Franco-British Society, Vice-President of the English Speaking Union, and for six years Chairman of the Council of Commonwealth Societies. A former President of the Liberal Party, Lord Watson played a leading role in the merger between the British Liberal Party and the Social Democrats. He was appointed CBE in 1985 and raised to the peerage in 1999. There will be an opportunity to buy signed copies of the book at the conclusion of the talk. Please click here for application form.
Future Events for your Diaires!
An evening with Gavin Hewitt – BBC Senior Correspondent
29th March – 18.30 for 1900 hours
34 Belgrave Square
Further information will be posted shortly
Business Leaders’ Dinner
25th April 2017 – House of Commons
This black tie event with high profile speaker is for our Corporate Members only – more information shortly
Conference – “Challenge and Opportunity in Furthering British-German Understanding”
Friday 12th May 2017 - 10.30 am – 5 pm
Bristol City Hall, College Green, Bristol BS1 5TR
Participants are also invited to the reception following the Conference from 6 pm – 8 pm in the beautiful Sansovino Room of the Bristol Harbour Hotel, 49-55 Corn Street, BS1 1H
Town partnership associations and local associations engaged in British-German activities are invited to join us at this special conference supported by Airbus, Boehringer Ingelheim, The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, The City of Bristol and Burges Salmon.
Parliamentary Day 2017
Wednesday 13th June
House of Lords Held in the Cholmondeley Room and Terrace this is a hugely popular luncheon with high profile politician as guest speaker. More information to follow shortly.
BGA AGM and Summer Drinks Reception
Wednesday July 12th
Venue to be confirmed – more information to follow.
Plus – we have at least two more events in the pipeline before the summer break.