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Will the EU survive Putin, Trump, populism and the euro crisis?
27-02-2017 at 20:00 - 21:30
As the European Union seems to go from one crises to the next, we are left wondering: Will the EU survive all of this? During this lecture Arend-Jan Boekestijn, a former politician for the VVD and historian will analyze 4 major threats which the EU will have to find an answer to if it wants to stay meaningful in an ever changing world.
On the east the EU is challenged by Vladimir Putin whose realpolitik has left the EU’s eastern border instable with insurgents in Ukraine and has challenged western power by annexing Crimea. West of Europe, across the Atlantic Ocean, Trump has been elected as 45th president of the United States and has made it very clear that he wishes to do things differently than his predecessor. A changing attitude from Donald Trump may yield unprecedented changes in the relationship between the EU and the US. From within the EU there are also dangers: powerful emotions of fear and anger form the basis of populist movements. A rhetoric of fear causes populist leaders to rise in the polls with seceding from the EU high on their agenda. Lastly we still see the last effects from euro crisis in the southern EU-member states, where harsh austerity measures had to be implemented to pay for their mounting debt problems.
Arend-Jan Boekestijn is professor of History of International Relations at the University of Utrecht and is known for his columns in Elsevier in which he discusses matters relating to International Affairs.