Bringing Europe's Leaders Together

Plenary Meeting
5-6 November 2010, Berlin

The 2010 Club of Three Plenary meeting, held in Germany, focused on China and its potential as a significant strategic, trading and investment partner for Europe.

A group of senior Chinese leaders from politics, business, media and academia took part in the discussions at the German Federal Finance Ministry. The meeting was opened by Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble with an appeal to turn the G20 into a powerful mechanism capable of providing stability and growth.

Discussions took place over two days and addressed a range of topics including the shift of economic power away from the West; historical links between Europe and China and how best to overcome tensions between the two sides.

Participants included He Di (Director General, Boyuan Foundation); Wu Hongbo (Chinese Ambassador to Germany); Helen Alexander (President, CBI); Mathias Döpfner (CEO, Axel Springer); François Heisbourg (Fondation pour la recherche stratégique); Simon McDonald (British Ambassador to Germany); and Jean-Claude Trichet (President, European Central Bank).