The London Circle – London based Think Tank (“Londoner Kreis”)
The London Circle is a London based Think Tank and provides a forum for German businessmen and executives in London. We consider ourselves as an initiator and think tank of new concepts following the idea of the social market economy and finally as an contributor to the legislative process. We are focusing on topics like the development of financial markets, FinTechs, digitalisation including industry 4.0 and labour market policy. Based on its focus, the London circle is committed to intensify the dialogue between London as the leading financial and entrepreneurial market place and the German economy, politics and administration.
As the leading European financial centre and technology hub, London is at the forefront of a changing society and an ideal location for our think tank. Since the financial crisis 2008, the financial sector has gained a high degree of public and political attention which has increased the degree of regulation enormously. If the new regulation was not only introduced with a good intention but is also well implemented is now the key question. More general, the London circle is asking the question, how the new regulation framework is strengthening the social market economy as envisaged by Ludwig Erhard, Minister for Economic Affairs in the German Federal Republic between 1949 and 1963.
Businessmen are engaging in policy research
Our members are drawn from all sectors of the business and entrepreneurial community, including banking and finance, insurance, the automotive industry, healthcare and high-tech. Besides our members, we have around 500 friends who usually attend events of the London Circle.
Our members are mostly members of the Economic Council in Germany.
What does the London Circle do?
The London Circle is conducting research studies to emphasize best practices between Great Britain and Germany in the financial sector, technology and industry. The research reflects the market and cross-border knowledge of our members. Besides the research the London Circle is organizing events in London in association with the Economic Council. In the past year we have organised around 20 events at all levels of the council.
Connected to the Economic Council in Berlin
Leading changes in economic, fiscal and social welfare politics
The London Circle is affiliated to the Economic Council Germany (Wirtschaftsrat Deutschland der CDU e.V.). The Economic Council Germany is a German business association representing the interests of more than 11,000 small and medium sized firms, as well as larger multinational companies. Given a growing influence of European regulation and a continuously progressing globalization of trade markets, international topics became more and more prominent for the Economic Council. The Economic Council Germany advocates economic policies which best reflect the principles of a social market economy as envisaged by Ludwig Erhard, Minister for Economic Affairs in the German Federal Republic between 1949 and 1963 and one of the co-founders of the Economic Council.
In large part, the work of the Council is carried out in the federal office in Berlin. The most important bodies in that context are the Federal Expert Commissions. There is one such commission for each policy area in which the economic council is involved. The typical work of an expert commission comprises the engagement with high ranking politicians from the respective policy area (facilitating a two-way dialogue between our members and key decision makers), consulting leading academics in the field and on this basis formulating concrete policy proposals which best reflect the interests of our entire membership base.
Expert commissions are chaired by board members, chairmen and chief executives of some of the most renowned companies in Germany. There are expert commissions in the following policy areas:
• International Economy
• European Financial Markets and Monetary Policy
• Taxes, Finance and Budgetary Policy
• Family Businesses
• Labour Market
• Growth and Innovation
• Internet and Digital Economy
• Energy Policy
• Urban Development, Construction and Real Estate
• Transport, Logistics and Infrastructure