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Ireland in Europe: Managing the Brexit

Talk followed by discussion, 12. Mai 2017

Welt lila (Bild: TH Köln)

One of the most pressing questions of our time concerns the consequences Brexit will have on all of Europe. To introduce our new series 'International Talks', Ireland's Ambassador to Germany will speak about Irish perspectives on managing Brexit. Join us in a lively discussion on how Brexit may affect Ireland and the Irish.

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Ireland in Europe: Managing the Brexit

Talk followed by discussion


  • 12. Mai 2017
  • 11.00 Uhr bis 13.00 Uhr


Campus Südstadt
Claudiusstraße 1, 50678 Köln


International Talks

In the "International Talks" you meet personalities from science, academia, politics, business and society, who work in international and intercultural contexts. The international talk given by one or more individuals on an issue of topical relevance is followed by a question and answer session which gives you the chance to exchange ideas with experts in the field.

The new "International Talks" series is offered once a semester in one of the languages taught at the Language Learning Center: English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.


H.E. Michael Collins
Ireland's Ambassador to Germany


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TH Köln Sprachlernzentrum

Almost a year after the referendum, it is still unclear how far-reaching the impact of Brexit will be, both for the UK and for Europe. As a neighbouring country and long-term trade partner, Ireland in particular must deal with the consequences of the UK’s exit from the European Union. Many questions are yet to be answered, including the extent to which Brexit will affect border controls, foreign investment, the reintroduction of trade tariffs, and in turn, possible job losses.

Ireland’s Ambassador to Germany, Mr Michael Collins, will be addressing such questions in his talk “Ireland in Europe: Managing the Brexit”. The talk will be followed by a question and answer session in which you will have the opportunity to engage in more in-depth discussion with the Ambassador on one of the most important political issues of our time.

H.E. Michael Collins
(Bild: H.E. Michael Collins)

Michael Collins was born in Dublin in 1953. He studied at the Institute of Public Administration and Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and graduated with a BSc in Economics and Politics at TCD.

Mr Collins joined the Department of Foreign Affairs in 1974 and has represented Ireland in several official roles in countries including Italy and the USA. Since 1995 he has served as Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, the Czech Republic, Ukraine and the United States. From July 2001 until July 2007 he was Second Secretary General at the Department of the Taoiseach with responsibility for International and European Union affairs and particularly the Northern Ireland Peace Process. In July 2007 he was appointed Irish Ambassador to the United States of America.

Since August 2013 Michael Collins has been Ireland’s Ambassador to Germany.