The European-Atlantic Group, a non-aligned, all party, registered charity founded in 1954, is renowned as one of the foremost platforms for high level interaction in the field of international relations. Some restructuring is taking place in 2013 following decisions taken at the AGM so as to be in line with current guidelines of the Charity Commission and realignment with a patron association of the Group. The general public will be welcome after application for and issue of tickets by the E-AG to the event on 11 November 2013 at a Committee Room in the House of Parliament when former Members of Congress, a Republican and a Democrat, will address the Group on the current direction of US politics.
European-Atlantic Group (E-AG) dinner - and luncheon - debates are a fixture in the London social scene. The intractability of some issues has been no bar to civilised and perceptive discussions in surroundings such as the Palace of Westminster, premier London clubs and, on occasion, with banquets at Guildhall and the Banqueting House.
Members of the Group include diplomats, parliamentarians, captains of industry and the informed and interested public. Few matters of moment in Europe or America can remain untouched by the wider world of politics so countries such as Afghanistan, Burma, China and Nigeria have lately been the subjects of far reaching group debate and analysis. E-AG speakers have include senior royalty and presidents, successive ambassadors of America, China and Russia, ministers of state, shadow ministers, the head of MI5, and the chiefs of our armed forces.
A focus of the E-AG is on advocating solutions to global problems. These can be reflected in E-AG discussions, the E-AG journal or in E-AG papers. Texts of speeches on the website can be a valuable tool for practitioners and students alike.
The E-AG was the brainchild in 1954 of Mrs Dangerfield, a lady so redoubtable that her obituary in The Times in 2003 described her as taking ‘No’ for an answer only when it issued from her own lips! The founders, including The Rt Hon Lord Abinger and The Lord Layton CH CBE, saw in the Group a means of facilitating contacts between Congressmen and Senators visiting the UK and the Council of Europe. E-AG Presidents have included The Lord Layton CH CBE, The Rt Hon Earl of Listowel, Sir Geoffrey de Freitas KCMG MP and, since the 1990s, The Earl of Bessborough DL, Sir Frank Roberts GCMG GCVO, The Rt Hon Lord Rippon of Hexham QC, The Lord Dahrendorf, Lord Judd, The Earl of Limerick KBE, The Viscount Montgomery of Alamein CMG CBE, Sir Michael Burton KCVO CMG, The Baroness Hooper CMG, Lord Dykes and the Rt Hon Baroness Symons of Vernam Dean.
The future of the E-AG depends on the support of those who care about issues such as sustainable development and ecology or Europe or the UK relationship with America, and challenges confronting society. The E-AG is ‘broad church’ and is educational. Its aspirations include the speaking of truth to power. The Group welcomes all who can contribute to and help with its work.