Helmut Schmidt and British-German Relations: A European Misunderstanding – Author Mathias Haeussler will talk about his newly published book
26. June, 19:00 - 21:00
Helmut Schmidt grew up as a devout Anglophile, yet he clashed heavily and repeatedly with his British counterparts Wilson, Callaghan, and Thatcher during his time in office. This talk looks at Schmidt’s self-proclaimed disillusionment with Great Britain in order to explore how and why Britain and Germany rarely saw eye-to-eye over European integration after 1945. But it also zooms out to reveal the remarkable extent of simultaneous British-German cooperation in fostering joint European interests on the wider international stage, asking what Schmidt’s experience might tell us about the current state of the bilateral relationship.
Dr. Mathias Häußler is Akademischer Rat a.Z. (Assistant Professor) at the University of Regensburg, having previously been Research Fellow at Magdalene College, University of Cambridge.
The event marks the publication of his book “Helmut Schmidt and British-German Relations: A European Misunderstanding”, which was released by Cambridge University Press in March 2019.