Although bilateral relations between Germany and the UK are currently not formalized, cooperation between the two countries is especially intensive. Examples include the regular Anglo-British consultation talks at senior political and working level. There are dozens of bilateral meetings every year, ranging from talks between the Prime Minister and the Federal Chancellor to discussions between Westminster MPs and members of the Bundestag. A wide range of political issues is discussed at these meetings. In addition, numerous meetings between German and British representatives take place elsewhere - in Brussels and in other capitals of EU member states, for example.
Funding of science and innovation is a key issue in British politics. Despite current financial restraints the UK intends to retain its leading position as a science nation. The government agenda includes strengthening education infrastructure and supporting initiatives in environmental protection.
The UK and Germany collaborate closely in the EU and in other international organizations. They carry out joint projects, such as the funding of bilateral cooperation in the natural sciences, the humanities, and social sciences. The British-German 'Training Bridge' exchange programme deserves special mention; it promotes exchanges between young professionals and its website "the-voyage.com" supports Anglo-German youth exchange.
The German Historical Institute (DHI) in London is sponsored by the Foundation of German Humanities Institutes Abroad (DGIA). Its specific objective is to promote German and British historical sciences.