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LSE German Symposium 2003: Germany controversial

LSE German Symposium 2003: Germany controversial, the largest academic student event of 2002-03 at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), will be held from Monday 3 February to Friday 7 February 2003.

The week, organised by the LSESU German Society, will attract high-profile policy-makers, economists and business leaders to debate Germany's contemporary problems, challenges and opportunities. Confirmed guest speakers for the week include:

  • Günter Verheugen, European Commissioner for Enlargement
  • Dr Thomas Matussek, ambassador of Germany to the UK
  • Professor Norbert Walter, chief economist, Deutsche Bank AG
  • Dr Bernd Stecher, chief economist, Siemens AG
  • Dr Burkhard Schwenker, partner of Roland Berger Strategy Consultants; member of the Executive Committee
  • Senior investment bankers of Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank and Sal Oppenheim

Germany's lighter side mixes with the topical discussions, as Harald Schmidt, the pre-eminent late night talk host in the German speaking world, will entertain students and guests on Monday 3 February. Additionally, LSE pub The Three Tuns will turn into London's own Oktoberfest on Friday 7 February.

The LSE German Society is currently discussing the attendance of further guests, including Otto Schily, German home secretary, Dr Josef Joffe, editor-in-chief of Die Zeit and Dr Helmut Kohl, former chancellor of Germany.

Supporting LSE's most active student society, Professor Anthony Giddens said: 'As Director of LSE, I warmly support the initiative of the student society and welcome their contribution to the School's cosmopolitan intellectual debate.'

LSE German Society president Christian A Resch said: 'LSE is one of the most international universities in the world. It is, therefore, the ideal place to bring Germany closer to the international community, while discussing the challenges it faces with students, academics and decision-makers. We are glad that our sponsors Deutsche Bank, Bertelsmann and Goldman Sachs support us in this endeavour.'

For more information on the event, visit the LSESU German Society web pages at www.lsegs.de|

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For more information, contact Sven Mickisch, public relations LSESU German Society, on 07767 312283 or email s.g.mickisch@lse.ac.uk|

12 December 2002

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