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Geopolitics and European Business: The New German Question

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The end of the Cold War and the enlargement of NATO and the EU have created immensely profitable opportunities for German business. Trade with eastern Europe and Russia has expanded enormously in the past two and a half decades. Recently, however, destabilising influences – such as the crisis of the Euro, the migration question, the rise of ISIS , Russia’s annexation of Crimea, and interventions in Ukraine and Syria – have placed a question mark over the assumptions that long underpinned this seemingly benign commercial environment. In an atmosphere of rising pressure and building tension, the powers and populations of Europe have begun to question once again the desirability and wisdom of a Europe built around a German economic powerhouse at the heart of the continent – the ‘German Question’ has been re-opened.

In a wide-ranging lecture and Q&A session, Rainer Neske (who has had more than twenty years of experience in the banking sector, latterly at the highest levels) will investigate what these challenges mean for German business, and how they might be overcome.

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.

Space is strictly limited, so please register well in advance by emailing Dr Maeve Ryan –

About Mr Neske Rainer Neske (born in Münster, Germany in 1964) is Chairman of the board of Trustees of the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, a member of the Management Board of the non-profit Hertie Foundation and also a member of the Advisory Board of Deutsche Vermögensberatung AG. Furthermore, he is a member of the Supervisory Board of Save the Children Deutschland e.V.

Until June 2015, Mr. Neske was a member of the Management Board and the Group Executive Committee of Deutsche Bank AG. As the Global Head of the business division Private & Business Clients, he had global responsibility for the Private & Business Clients corporate division, operating under the brand names Deutsche Bank, Postbank and Berliner Bank.

Mr. Neske studied Computer Science and Business Administration at the University of Karlsruhe. He joined Deutsche Bank in 1990 and initially worked in a number of management positions, primarily in the Information Technology area. In 1999, Mr. Neske was appointed a senior executive of Deutsche Bank 24 AG. In 2001, he became Deputy Spokesman. In March 2003, he became Spokesman of the company’s Management Board. At the same time, he was made a member of the Group Executive Committee (GEC) of Deutsche Bank AG. On April 1, 2009 Mr. Neske was appointed to the Management Board of Deutsche Bank AG.

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