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Whitehall Dialogue: Russia and Refugees – Challenges for German Foreign Policy
This event will consider the economic impact of the refugee crisis and the role that Germany plays in European security.
After 1990 Germany was, in the famous words of former Chancellor Helmut Kohl, ‘surrounded only by friends for the first time in its history’.
It is in this benign security environment that Germany grew into one of the most networked and connected countries of the globe. Germany’s growing economic and political weight has sparked an intense debate on its role and ambition within the European Union.
At the same time, the security and cohesion of the EU’s twenty eight member states are being tested by the dual challenges of Russia’s aggression in Eastern Ukraine and a massive flow of refugees into Europe and particularly Germany.
Dr Thomas Bagger is Head of Policy Planning at the German Federal Foreign Office. From 2009 to July 2011 he served as Head of the Foreign Minister’s Office in Berlin. His previous postings abroad were in Washington (2006 to 2009), Ankara/Turkey (2002 to 2006) and Prague (1996 to 1998). Before he joined the German Diplomatic Service in 1992 he worked as a Research Associate at the Institute of International Affairs (SWP) in Ebenhausen, Germany. Dr Bagger holds an MA in Government and Politics from UMCP and a doctorate from Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich.
Refreshments will be served from 1515. The event is ‘off the record’ and closed to the media.
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