New Zealand Institute of International Affairs. Brexit: A German Perspective

Date Wednesday 11 September 2019
Time 6pm - 7pm
Location KG.07
Presenter Dr Norman Franke, Senior Research Fellow, University of Newcastle, N.S.W.
Contact Jillene Bydder
Contact email jillene.bydder@waikato.ac.nz
Cost Free

Following the UK’s European Union (EU) membership referendum (2016), when a slim majority decided to leave the EU, important and potentially existential questions need to be answered: What new role does the UK wish to play on a European and on a global scale? What should Britain's future relationship with the EU look like? What will the EU look like without British participation?

Other questions concern the historical contexts of Brexit and their future implications: Has Brexit come about through fair play or through deliberate manipulation by third parties? Who will foot the bill for the possible economic and political disruptions in European relations; who will benefit from them? The 2012 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the European Union. Can the EU survive as a peace project, or will Europe return to the convoluted and dangerous nationalism of the 19th and early 20th century? How long may the domestic policy of one important EU member state dominate the political, cultural and economic discourses of a whole continent that has other pressing problems (the rise of populism and fascism, global warming, the refugee crisis)?

Based on analysis of political documents and media coverage (and cartoons), this PowerPoint-assisted presentation considers Brexit from a German perspective.