Bringing Europe's Leaders Together

Dinner Discussion with Jens Spahn
06 November 2019, Berlin

In November, the Club of Three held an evening discussion in Berlin on the theme “Germany: leading Europe through troubled times?” The keynote speaker, Jens Spahn, is currently serving as Federal Minister of Health in Angela Merkel’s fourth cabinet, and is seen in the CDU party as a radical thinker and a rising star.

This discussion over dinner was hosted by Axel Springer in its Journalisten-Club, with the support of Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Airbus. It involved some 30 senior figures from business, politics, diplomacy, academia and the media in France, Germany and the UK.

Participants included: Sir Sebastian Wood (British Ambassador to Germany); Mathias Döpfner (Chairman and CEO, Axel Springer); Lord Simon of Highbury (President, Club of Three); Norbert Röttgen (Chairman, Foreign Affairs Committee of the Bundestag); Anne-Marie Descôtes (French Ambassador); Sarah Raine (Consulting Senior Fellow for Geopolitics and Strategy, IISS); Victoire de Margerie (Executive Chairman, Rondol; Board Director, Arkema, Babcock International and Eurazeo); Charles Grant (Director, Centre for European Reform); and Alexander Reinhardt (Head of Public Affairs Germany, Airbus).