Berlin, 1st December 2016: FES London in cooperation with RUSI hosted a workshop to discuss the consequences of Brexit for European security and defence. Parliamentarians and experts from the UK and Germany shared their views and insights on what the EU and the UK will lose with a British departure from CSDP and other joint institutions such as Europol.
London, 6th December 2016: The FES London in cooperation with the International Group of the Fabian Society organised an panel discussion to compare the German and English perspectives on the common challenge of rising political populism. Traditional political parties, particularly centre-left and social democratic parties are significantly affected by this phenomena.
London, 16th November 2016: In both Britain and Germany, immigration and integration policy stand at the top of the public’s agenda. Neither country is new to immigration, but both now experience historic highs. High numbers of migrants in the population are now a fact of life, which calls for a longer-term approach for their integration. FES organized in partnership with IPPR the event to reflect on migration and integration policies of the two countries.
London, 17th November 2016: The emerging Digital Society, fuelled by technological innovation, automation and digitisation, poses uniquely new opportunities but also challenges that affect both the organisation of welfare states and societies as such. It’s in this context the FES London and the wider FES Network in Germany and across the world are organizing a series of events and publications to discuss the key topics of our Digital Future. In partnership with the New Economics Foundation, the FES London organized a workshop in London to focus on two aspects of this debate, looking for policy solutions to make the digital transformation as inclusive as possible.
London, 16th November 2016: At a time when the UK’s future relationship with the EU remains uncertain, the potential impact of Brexit on women in the UK is a topical issue. The FES London and the Fabian Women’s Network organised a roundtable joined by a group of esteemed experts to discuss what the British exit from the European Union might mean particularly for women and the ways in which politicians and businesses can safeguard women’s interests in the upcoming negotiations.
London, 14th September: In cooperation with the International Group of the Fabian Society the FES London held a timely event on one of the most pressing issues in Europe with the title “The refugee crisis: A European solution”.
London, 11th July: The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung London and the Royal United Service Institute (RUSI) hosted the annual British-German dialogue on security and defence policies. The event brought together leading politicians of the Bundestag and the British Parliament as well as security specialists to discuss cooperation on these topics in Europe.
London, 5th July: The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung London (FES) in partnership with The New Economics Foundation (NEF) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) organised a discussion on the role of trade unions in fostering economic prosperity. The event, which was held in the House of Commons, follows on from a research published by NEF and the University of Greenwich, centred on the economic role of trade unions and the positive effect of collective voice on wage growth, an important factor for domestic demand and therefore economic growth.
London, 30th June: The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung London hosted its annual British-German parliamentary dialogue forum in the midst of the political turmoil caused by the Brexit vote. The forum provided a unique opportunity for members of the British Parliament and the German Bundestag, experts and policy-makers, to discuss a common agenda for the progressive forces in the two countries.
London, 15th June 2016: The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung London and CoVi presented interim results of a forthcoming joint analysis of a possible generational divide in attitudes to British relations towards the European Union. Using the British EU-referendum as an example, the research looked at the messaging in the referendum campaigns and presented comparative data in attitudes towards Europe across age cohorts.
London, 13th June 2016: The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung London in cooperation with the Fabian Society launched a new report on taxation that proposes a one-off levy on the passive wealth of the super-rich. ‘A Unique Contribution’, by Nick Donovan, with a foreword by Dan Jarvis MP, targets those who have used tax heavens or domestic tax avoidance schemes and aims at reducing spiralling inequality in the UK by reinventing taxation policy.
London, 18 April 2016: Several polls show that people aged 18-34 are more likely to vote to remain in the European Union than older generations. Further, they are less likely to be concerned about levels of immigration, trust EU institutions more than national institutions and are less attached to party politics. On 18 April, FES London in cooperation with CoVi organised a roundtable in order to explore the generational divide when it comes to attitudes towards Europe and migration more widely.
London, 5 April 2016: FES London invited representatives from trade unions in Germany and the UK and experts from a variety of NGOs to a half day conference to discuss how to successfully engage with the question of worker’s rights in the ongoing debate on immigration into the UK.
London, 21 January 2016: The Digital Revolution is permeating our daily lives on many levels and the velocity of change is likely to become even higher in the coming years. The undoubtedly great opportunities that this change brings is, however, matched by the political challenges it poses. To discuss these challenges and possible solutions in a comparative manner, the FES London invited politicians, experts and practitioners from Germany and the UK to a first kick-off of a planned series of events on the Digital Revolution.
London, 19 January 2016: The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung together with the Fabian Society hosted the Launch Event of the joint publication “Outward to the World” at the British Parliament. Shadow Foreign Secretary Hilary Benn MP, Stephen Kinnock MP and Jo Cox MP, who all contributed to the pamphlet, spoke about the importance of a left foreign policy in these turbulent times. There was strong advocacy for looking at European solutions in today’s conflicts, with the speakers emphasising that the British membership of the European Union is key to that.