France and Germany, often acting together, have guided the European Union for over six decades, providing backbone and stability. In recent years, Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel have struggled to see eye to eye, yet Franco-German cooperation is fundamental to the EU’s success; one German diplomat compared it to “two sides of an accordion… Each side knows they are joined to the other. And they know they can only produce a nice sound together.”

In the wake of the German election, Die Welt correspondent Stefanie Bolzen, author and broadcaster John Kampfner (Why The Germans Do It Better) and Paris bureau chief for The Economist Sophie Pedder (Revolution Française) join The Times Diplomatic Editor Roger Boyes to assess the current political landscape, the strategic priorities for France and Germany, and their key cultural differences. How will the UK’s relationship with both countries change post-Brexit?

Book available to accompany this event

Click the book cover below to buy now
from our Waterstones Cheltenham Literature Festival bookshop.
Every purchase supports Cheltenham Festivals.

Why the Germans Do it Better: Notes from a Grown-Up Country Revolution Française: Emmanuel Macron and the quest to reinvent a nation


Cheltenham Town Hall, Baillie Gifford Stage

The Town Hall, situated on Imperial Gardens in the centre of Cheltenham comprises of a Grand Main Hall, distinguished by its Corinthian styles columns and coved ceiling. The Main Hall is accompanied by dining and drawing rooms, as well as the Pillar Room bar.

The venue’s early 20th century Edwardian elegance makes it the classic ‘shoebox’ concert hall. With a seating capacity of 900, the Town Hall is perfectly suited to grand symphony orchestra performances with a thrilling impact.

There is no tiered seating at this venue for any of our Festivals.

*Fees & Booking Info

CF Ticketing charges a fee per booking to reflect the costs of providing the service which include card processing costs (for both credit and debit cards) as well as staffing, developing and maintaining the booking software and postage

*Our booking fee for online sales is £2.00

We endeavour to keep our booking fee as low as possible and charge on a per booking basis rather than a per ticket basis to ensure this. We also endeavour to ensure that our booking fees are clear before any transaction is completed.

For more information about your booking click here

All Literature events