Sir Paul Lever KCMG is a member of the Council of The Chelsea Society, and was HM Ambassador to Germany 1997– 2003.
In the course of a long diplomatic career, his posts included Assistant Under-Secretary at the FCO 1992–94; Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee 1994–96; and Director for EU and Economic Affairs at the FCO 1996– 97. After his retirement from the diplomatic service, he was Chairman of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI). He was appointed CMG in 1991 and knighted in 1998
Sir Paul has written a book entitled Berlin Rules: Europe and the German Way and he will introduce the book at a meeting of The Chelsea Society on Monday 5th June 2017 at 6.30 pm at Chelsea Old Town Hall.
As the Brexit process has now begun, the role of Germany will be of huge importance for the future of Britain and Europe, and this book could not be more topical.
The book is an expertly balanced insight into modern Germany, specifically focusing on its role as the dominant player in European politics and covering German history, culture and policy. Sir Paul does not believe that there is a ‘grand plan’ for German domination in Europe, – rather that Germany finds itself a reluctant leader.
As the German elections approach in September and with the future of EU-USA diplomatic relations resting largely in Germany’s hands, this book provides a timely and readable examination of German policy and politics.
Members and non-members of the Society are all welcome to attend this important meeting. Admission £5 (including wine) payable in cash at the door