#PolitikTalk Podcast

British Chamber of Commerce in Germany e.V.

Every month, BCCG President Michael Schmidt and Managing Director Ilka Hartmann talk to politicians, experts, and insiders about political developments that shape the UK- EU/Germany future.

Latest Episode

In our latest episode, Ilka Hartmann talks to Shevaun Haviland, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC). Shevaun joined the BCC in 2021 from the Cabinet Office where she has worked for the last five years running the Business Partnerships team and leading the Inclusive Economy Partnership.

All Episodes

In this episode, Michael Schmidt and Ilka Hartmann talk to BCCG patron and Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Germany Jill Gallard CMG about business opportunities, the importance of town twinning, education and other partnerships as well as a resume on the G7 summit and the expectations on COP26 in Glasgow this fall.

Rt Hon Greg Hands MP was appointed Minister of State for Trade Policy in the Department for International Trade (DIT) on 13 February 2020. He was previously Minister of State in the Department for International Trade (DIT). BCCG President Michael Schmidt talks about future trade relations with the UK and the upcoming COP26 negotiations and this year's G7 meeting.

In episode 8, we talk to Stephan Mayer, who has been Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Home Affairs since March 2018. There he is mainly responsible for migration, integration, EU coordination, (border) security and civilian civil protection, among other topics.

MEP Markus Ferber has been a member of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs since 2009 and was the first Vice-Chair of the Committee from 2014 to 2018. Since 2018, he has been the spokesperson of the EPP Group in the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs. Markus Ferber has also been Chairman of the Hanns Seidel Foundation since the beginning of 2020.

Catherine McGuinness is Chair of the Policy and Resources Committee at the City of London Corporation. As Chair of the Policy Committee, Catherine is Deputy Chair of TheCityUK, the promotional body for the UK financial services industry, and the International Regulatory Strategy Group.

In this episode we talk to Burkhard Balz. He has been a member of the Executive Board of the Deutsche Bundesbank since September 2018. He is responsible for payment and settlement systems, economic education and international central bank dialogue.

In this episode, former German Ambassador to London (2014-2018) and "Fisher Family Fellow" at the Harvard Kennedy School, Dr Peter Wittig, talks about the latest developments on Brexit.

David McAllister has been a Member of the European Parliament since 2014 and chairs the Foreign Affairs Committee and the UK Coordination Group. He is also Vice-President of the European People's Party (EPP). In this #PolitikTalk episode, he talks about the current state of negotiations on the withdrawal agreement between the EU and the UK.

Michael Russell is the Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs. He was previously Minister for Environment from 2007 until 2009 and then served as Scotland's Minister for Culture, External Affairs. He was appointed Scottish Government Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland's Place in Europe in September 2016.

In our first episode , we had the great honour to host Richard Burn, HM Trade Commissioner Europe. In his talk, Richard stressed the importance of the EU-UK relationship and assured that securing a UK-EU trade deal will be a top government priority over the months ahead. After Brexit, relations to Germany will be as important as it ever has been.