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Membership• The Duke of Kent
• Peter Wittig
• Peter Barnes
• Philip Mallinckrodt
• Sybille Steiner
• Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
• Michael Arthur
• Kate Arthurs
• Peter Barnes
• Alastair Buchan
• Robbie Bulloch
• Neil Carmichael
• Malcom Chalmers
• Daniel Franklin
• Jane Golding
• Nik Gowing
• Heather Grabbe
• Dominic Grieve
• Gail Irvine
• Jo Johnson
• John Kampfner
• Simon Walker
• John Springford
• Alexandra Stein
• Maurcice Thompson
• David Willetts
• Sebastian Wood
• Ronald Kent
• Matthew Kirk
• Mark Konarski
• Jonathan Mance
• Matthew Kirk
• Tej Parikh
• Frances O'Grady
• Robin Niblett
• Charles Lombard
• Annelise Dodds
• Nick Collier
• Robert Chote
• Alex Chisholm
Anglo-German Influence network

The Königswinter Conference is convened once a year by the society Königswinter UK and its German counterpart, the Deutsch-Britische Gesellschaft, bringing together around 80 German and British politicians, diplomats, business executives, academics and journalists for a profound exchange of ideas. The format is similar to the Bilderberg conference, being part of the interlocking networks that tie together the ruling elites in Western societies. Given this elite base, one will see significant overlap with membership in the Bilderberg conferences etc.

In fact, since it was founded in 1950, four years before the first Bilderberg conference, it might be seen as a kind of template, in this case designed to tie the West-German elite to the British Empire.


History

The Königswinter Conference was established in 1950 with the aim of binding West-Germany to Great Britain. It takes its name from the Rhineside spa opposite Bonn where the Conference took place initially. Since then the Conference has convened once a year bringing together around 80 German and British politicians, diplomats, business managers, academics and journalists for a profound exchange of ideas. Königswinter has created bonds and friendships helping to improve the understanding of policy differences on topical issues and challenges and to work towards common approaches. The issues discussed over the years have ranked from security policy, the Atlantic alliance, European integration, the future of the welfare state, education policy and the integration of ethnic minorities to international economic policy. The Königswinter Conference is organised jointly by the Deutsch-Britische Gesellschaft and its British counterpart, UK Koenigswinter.[1]

Speakers

Full article: Stub class article Königswinter Conference/Speakers

The Königswinter Conferences have had hundreds of speakers.

Conference Location, Date and Program

The Königswinter Conference takes place alternately in Germany or Britain, normally in spring or early summer of each year. The overall theme of the Conference is always a broad one in order to allow for exchange between participants of different backgrounds.

The conference lasts for two days, beginning with a plenary discussion. Afterwards, participants break up into working groups devoted to in depth discussion of a specific topic, such as security issues or economic questions. The conference usually begins with a plenary discussion. Results of these working group meetings are presented in the closing session.

The agenda covers topical issues, for example European integration, the future of the welfare state, the international economy, joint European defence policy or growing ethnic diversity and its implications for our societies. Working groups discuss allocated topics and report their results at the closing session.

Over the past decades, it has proven useful to maintain a mix of “newcomers” and experienced participants with the aim of maintaining the spirit of Königswinter as well as promoting novel connections.[2]

The summary reports can be found on the associations website.[3]


the 69th Königswinter Conference 2019

The of the conference the 11-13. April 2019 theme was 'Europe's role in a multilateral order'.

Cover up

The Köningwinter Conference is not mentioned in Wikipedia. The summary reports from the meetings are available on the website [4], but can't be copied from, making the information semi-private.