Lord Weidenfeld of Chelsea

Founder and chairman of Weidenfeld & Nicolson

Born in Vienna in 1919, George Weidenfeld left Austria for England in 1938. During World War II he worked with the BBC Overseas Service and in 1948 founded the publishing firm, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, with Nigel Nicolson. In 1949 he became Political Advisor and Chef de Cabinet in Israel to President Weizmann, and spent a year in this capacity.

A British citizen since 1946, Lord Weidenfeld was awarded a peerage in 1976. From 1992 to 1994, he was Vice-Chairman of the University of Oxford Campaign and since 1994, Vice-President of the Oxford University Development Programme. He is involved with the Europaeum, a network of ten leading European universities. In 1996 he founded together with Lord Rothschild and Lord Alexander the Club of Three (Britain-France-Germany) which later incorporated AMEURUS (America-Europe-Russia). His Institute for Strategic Dialogue, created in 2006, runs a number of political task forces and cultural and educational bridge-building initiatives. Also in 2006 he initiated the Weidenfeld Scholarships and Leadership Programme in Oxford.

He has several honorary degrees from universities across Europe including the Diplomatic College Vienna and the University of Exeter. He is an Honorary Fellow of St. Anne's College and St. Peter's Colleges, Oxford and of King’s College London. He was made an Honorary Senator of Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität, Bonn (1996), and Magister, Diplomatic College Vienna (1999). He received the Charlemagne Medal for European Media in Aachen (Germany, 2000) and the London Book Fair/Trilogy Lifetime Achievement Award for International Publishing in 2007. He holds the German Knights Commanders Cross (Badge & Star) of the Order of Merit (1991), the Austrian Cross of Honour First Class for Arts and Science (2002), the Decoration of Honour in Gold for Services to the County of Vienna (2003), the Italian Grand Officer of the Order of Merit (2005) and the Order of Merit of the Land Baden-Württemberg (2008). In 2008 he signed the Golden Book of the City of Potsdam (Germany). In 2009 he received the Teddy Kollek Life Achievement Award in Jerusalem.

Among other appointments he is Chairman of Weidenfeld & Nicolson; President of the Institute for Strategic Dialogue; Director of Cheyne Capital Management; Honorary Chairman, Board of Governors, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev; member of Investcorp European Advisory Board; Consultant to the Bertelsmann Foundation and columnist for Die Welt, Welt am Sonntag and Bild am Sonntag.
Germany, Be

Germany, Be Bold!

It is the task of a bold and constructive German foreign policy to play a leading role in the EU and in that <em>Zwischeneuropa</em>, the "Europe in-between", from the Baltic to the Black Sea; but also to influence the peace efforts in what has become the "Wild East" - the Orient. Maybe it is going too far to speak of a German pacifistic Sleeping Beauty slumber.
03/10/2013 15:00 BST
Who is Going to Stop the

Who is Going to Stop the Fanatics?

A Europe, which is withdrawn into itself, and a policy of withdrawal on the part of the American President, in view of the whole world, facilitate foreign-policy adventures and claims of hegemony of various players in the region and its surroundings.
04/10/2012 16:39 BST
No Politeness

No Politeness Please

The harrowing pictures of murdered children and victims of torture in Homs and other Syrian cities label the executioners of the Assad regime as true scum of the earth.
06/03/2012 16:42 GMT
The Angry

The Angry Ones

Who are the incubators of a real democratic renewal in the Arab Spring? After talking to young Egyptians, among them many intellectuals, who returned to their homeland having studied at prestigious English universities, I feel confronted with a rather contradictory picture.
03/02/2012 09:09 GMT
An Icy Winter

An Icy Winter Threatens

Gloomy weeks for the western world: the elections in Egypt and Russia threaten to transform the Arab spring as well as the hoped for political thaw with Moscow into an icy winter.
12/12/2011 12:28 GMT
Iran and the

Iran and the Bomb

The latest report by the International Atomic Energy Agency about Iran's nuclear armament exploded like a bomb onto the world of Washington think tanks.
25/11/2011 16:13 GMT
After the Fall of three Arab Dictators - What

After the Fall of three Arab Dictators - What Next?

The first three versions of regime change during the Arab Spring -- unhindered escape of the Tunisian President, imprisonment and criminal proceedings in Egypt and mob law in Libya -- have created a momentum that will be hard to stall.
27/10/2011 20:45 BST
The Syrian

The Syrian Problem

The spontaneous uprising of the discontented in Cairo appears to have swept away the dictator seemingly effortlessly but the old structures of army, police and secret service are still in place and threaten to continue an only marginally relaxed, autocratic regime with the help of the multifaceted Muslim Brotherhood.
02/10/2011 15:59 BST