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Willy Brandt: The legacy of a rebel in contemporary context

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Bloomsbury House

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WC1A 2RL

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Willy Brandt, German Chancellor from 1969-1974 and more than 20 years chairman of the SPD, encouraged masses of people to join the SPD during his leadership. His fresh spirit and his pledge for more democracy fell on fruitful soil in the 1960’s. Against the backdrop of much of the political establishments open despise of his politics, Willy Brandt had the ability to motivate people beyond the core SPD voters to take responsibility, participate in politics and be a part of creating a different society. Additionally, the German intellectual elite supported Willy Brandt’s bold steps towards a more liberal society.

In the UK, the Labour Party has recently seen an increase in membership and engagement especially by young people. What are the driving forces behind and how can this enthusiasm be channel into policies?

Hélène Miard-Delacroix will reflect on Willy’s legacy, based on her new biography "Willy Brandt: Life of a Statesman" and British commentators will put this in contemporary context.

The event wants to focus on the following questions:

  • What were the drivers behind Willy Brandt’s popularity?
  • What lessons can be learned to foster political participation today in UK and Germany beyond online engagement?
  • How can progressive actors enthuse young people by social democratic values?



Format: "In-conversation" panel style with

  • Hélène Miard-Delacroix, author of "Willy Brandt: Life of a Statesman"
  • Wes Streeting MP (tbc)
  • Miriam Mirwitch, Chair Young Labour London (tbc)
  • Owen Jones as Chair (tbc)

The event will be followed by a reception.

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