Event: ‘Brexit: Unification or Disintegration?’


Brexit: Unification or Disintegration?


TIME: 13:00-14:00, Wednesday 9th March 2016

VENUE: Committee Room 10, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

SPEAKER:  Dr Jochen Bittner, Political Editor, Die Zeit

RESPONDENT: Douglas Murray, Associate Director, The Henry Jackson Society

To attend please RSVP to: rsvp@henryjacksonsociety.org


With the announcement of a British referendum on continued membership of the European Union on 23rd June, we can expect to hear many debating points for and against what has come to be called Brexit. But what is the continental view of a possible British departure – would it be welcomed by Europeans eager to press ahead with ‘ever closer union’ without British laggards holding them back, or mourned by those who see the British role in the European Union as a more enlightened one, bringing light where there might otherwise be darkness?

By kind invitation of Pat Glass MP, The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to an event with Dr Jochen Bittner, Political Editor of Die Zeit, who will expound a thesis on why – for Europe’s sake – Britain should not leave the EU. Our own Associate Director, Douglas Murray, who has expressed views to the contrary, will act as Respondent.

To attend, please RSVP to rsvp@henryjacksonsociety.org – RSVPs must include your full name and any affiliations including for any guests you wish to bring. We will send a confirmation that will be required to attend the event.

Speaker biography:

Dr Jochen Bittner is a contributing opinion writer for The International New York Times and has been a political editor at the German weekly newspaper Die Zeit since 2001. Bittner holds a Ph.D. in legal philosophy from the University of Kiel, where he also lectured on constitutional law. He is the author of three books including The I.R.A. on Its Way From Myth to Mafia, Profession: Terrorist: A Diary of the New World Disorder and Not This Way, Europe!

His latest book Not This Way, Europe! deals with the shortcomings of the European Union as Bittner tries to identify the three major mistakes that make the 28-nation bloc so hard to love for many of its inhabitants. His result: the EU does the big too small, and the small too big. The soft is too hard and the hard too soft. And it is too fast on top and too slow at the bottom.


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