Public event

31 October and beyond – The citizens’ vote revisited

The Dahrendorf Forum at the Hertie School and the German-British Society cordially invite you to a panel discussion on current trends in ballot box choices and party support, set against the backdrop of developments in US politics, the fallout from the UK Brexit Referendum, and growing polarisation in European politics.

Just a few weeks after the initial Brexit date, and a month prior to the recently announced general elections in the United Kingdom this panel will discuss the influence of socio-cultural change on voter behaviour. In which ways is voter behaviour in referenda, polls, and elections influenced by – and in turn influences – political decision-making?

Bringing together expertise in European and national politics, the panellists from diverse backgrounds will debate trends in voter behaviour in the context of recent regional elections in Germany, the surge of fringe parties in the European Parliament, and the evolution of British Politics over the past two years.  The panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A sessions with all event participants.


Welcome by Helmut K. Anheier, Academic Co-Director, Dahrendorf Forum at the Hertie School

Introduction by Wolfgang Plöger, Lab4Innovations GmbH & Co. KG


- Alexandru Filip, Dahrendorf Postdoctoral Fellow, Hertie School

- Alex Forrest Whiting, Brexit Analyst and Reporter, Deutsche Welle

- Rupert Graf Strachwitz, Vice-Chairman, German-British Society

and moderated by Irina von Wiese, Member of the European Parliament

The co-host of this event the German-British-Society is a Berlin-based NGO working to promote Anglo-German relations. It was established in 1949 and is co-organiser of the British-German Königswinter Conferences, as well as organizing lecture events and meetings in Berlin and coordinating a network of similar organisations throughout Germany.