World Questions: London

Daniela Schwarzer joins the monthly BBC panel with Jonathan Dimbleby


BBC, "World Questions: London," first aired May 26, 2017

Category: Terrorism, Security, Europe, United Kingdom, Germany, France

The DGAP's director Daniela Schwarzer joined a BBC panel that also included Lord Kinnock, former leader of the Labour Party; Lord Howard, former leader of the Conservative party; Lord Campbell, former leader of the Liberal Democrats; and Susan Glasser, founding editor of Politico. Jonathan Dimbleby of the BBC moderated the discussion, the second half of which had a strong focus on Brexit.

Listen to the program here on the BBC website.

After the suicide bombing of a pop concert in Manchester, a distinguished panel fielded questions from the public relating to whether countries can protect themselves from acts of terror - and if so, how? What drives people to commit such atrocities? What should governments do to prevent them? Will the United Kingdom's departure from the European Union have an impact on security in both the EU and the UK? What will Brexit mean for intelligence service cooperation?

In the second half of the 50-minute program, the panel discussed Brexit more generally: How will life change for EU citizens living in the UK, and vice versa? How are the Brexit negotiations being conducted? What is the UK's economic future after Brexit? And what more generally will the UK's future role be in the world?

Daniela Schwarzer brought to the panel a "European perspective" on these and other issues, including: the vulnerability of soft targets in Europe (ca. minute 7:00);  the need to safeguard "liberal democratic values" while heightening security (ca. minute 12:00); the role of cross-border intelligence sharing (ca. minute 13:30); Brexit's likely impact on security in Europe (ca. minute 16:30); the need for a strategic perspective on EU-UK relations after Brexit (ca. minute 28:00); the "surprise" in Berlin and Brussels at Theresa May's optimism entering the negotiations (minute 33:00); the UK's relationship with the single market (ca. minute 40), and more.