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Former Member of the Bundestag, Harald Leibrecht, to Lecture on Germany and the European Union

— by on September 20th, 2016

Harald Leibrecht, former member of the Bundestag (German Federal Parliament), will give a lecture on “Germany and the European Union: Current Issues and Challenges” at Washington and Lee University on Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library.

During the talk, which is free and open to the public, he will address the many issues Germany and the European Union face today, from Brexit to the refugee crisis and international terrorism, to controversies surrounding the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. He will discuss these matters in the context of their impact on transatlantic relations.

Leibrecht served for 12 years in the Bundestag, where he was a member of the Foreign Affairs committee, the committee of Economic Cooperation and Development and deputy chairman for the sub-committee on International Cultural and Educational Affairs.

In 2011, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel appointed Leibrecht as coordinator of Transatlantic Cooperation for the German Federal Government, a position he held until the end of 2013. He serves as president of the board of directors for the Cultural and Educational Programs Abroad Foundation.

Leibrecht’s talk is sponsored by the departments of German and Russian and Sociology and Anthropology at W&L.