Lecture Information:


The Evolution of the German Model

How to judge reforms in Europe's largest economy 

Berlin Lunchtime Meeting  

SPEAKER: Hugh Williamson, Berlin Correspondent of the Financial Times, London

CHAIR: Dr Ray Cunningham, Anglo-German Foundation  


Date: 17 March 2004

Location: Max-Liebermann-Haus, Pariser Platz 7, 10117 Berlin


Are far-reaching economic and structural reforms in Germany possible? Despite the
adoption of Chancellor Gerhard Schröder's Agenda 2010 reform package in December
2003, there is concern both within and outside Germany that the structural rigidities and
checks and balances within the 'German model' make the country's political economy essentially 'unreformable'. In contrast, Hugh Williamson argues the case for viewing the reform process through a more 'German' and less 'Anglo-American' lens. This demonstrates that changes have been more radical than is commonly thought indicating that modernisation of the German model is indeed possible.