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COVID-19 has had a far-reaching impact on public health, the economy, politics, and society. Globally, countries are still learning to deal with and control the pandemic.

At this BGA event, Professor Matthew Flinders and Professor Anna Holzscheiter will examine the UK’s and Germany’s comparative responses to the COVID crisis. The discussion will be chaired by Stefanie Bolzen.

Professor Flinders is Professor of Politics and Founding Director of the Sir Bernard Crick Centre for the Public Understanding of Politics. He is also President of the Political Studies Association of the United Kingdom and a board member of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Professor Holzscheiter is Chair of Political Science with a focus on International Politics at the TU Dresden. Parallel to her professorship at the TU Dresden she heads the research group ‘Governance for Global Health’ at the Social Science Research Centre Berlin (WZB).

Stefanie Bolzen is the UK and Ireland Correspondent for German WELT and Sunday edition WELT am Sonntag. Until 2013, she worked as WELT’s Europe Correspondent in Brussels, covering EU and NATO affairs.