Thursday, October 31: Brexit-day. Damocles' sword has been hanging over England and Europe for months. How united are we still, 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall? What binds Europe and what drives countries apart? Join us in a discussion about this topic.
The keynote for this evening is provided by Catherin Fieschi, a French-Italian political researcher and director of the Global Policy Institute of Queen Mary University in London. She is also head of Counterpoint, a think tank for questions about globalization, isolationism and other cross-border issues. She provides commentary to the current events and outlines that awaits us after the Brexit.
Our speaker from Berlin is Lutz Leichsenring. Lutz is a nightlife consultant and gained his nightlife knowledge through his former job as a nightlife clubpromotor and festival organizer in Karlsruhe and Berlin. He advises cities such as Berlin, New York and - very recently - Munich about their cultural and creative footprint. Lutz has many knowledge how the fall of the Berlin Wall has turned Berlin into a multicultural hotspot.
From London, we welcome Pauline den Hartog Jager. She is a journalist and filmmaker. Seven years ago, she moved from the Nothern Netherlands to London. She has worked as a freelancer for various Dutch and international media, including Monocle, BBC, StudioCanal and the Algemeen Dagblad. She experiences Brexit up close and has reported on this for Vrij Nederland among others. In January her travel guide about the city, Ongekend London, is in Dutch book stores.
How should London continue? Bart Los, professor of economics at the University of Groningen is our evening host. Bart is specialized in Global Value Chains and international trade and takes on a leading role during the programme.