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.
Members of the Group include diplomats, parliamentarians, captains of industry and the informed and the 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 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. 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 Trustees of the E-AG are Lord Hamilton of Epsom and Mr Christopher Arkell.
The future of the E-AG depends on the support of those who care about issues such as defence and security, Europe, the UK relationship with America, sustainable development, and other challenges confronting society. The E-AG is a ‘broad church’ and is classified as educational by the Charity Commission.
Its aspirations include the speaking of truth to power. The Group welcomes all who can contribute to and help with its work.
The current Director is Charles Bennett, but the former Director of many years standing, Justin Glass, remains closely involved with the group as a consultant. The Membership Secretary is Celia Matthews.