What's Next for the European Union and Transatlantic Relations?

AUG 29, 2017 | 12:30 PM TO 2:00 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue


NYU Deutsches Haus, 42 Washington Mews


August 29, 2017: 12:30 PM-2:00 PM




European Union Studies Center


Whilst the combination of the Trump Administration and Brexit are generating real uncertainty on both sides of the Atlantic, the most recent events of this year - the retreat of populist forces in Europe, the election of Emmanuel Macron as French President and the gradual recovery of the eurozone economy - are helping to create a new sense of momentum among European leaders and institutions. The general election is Germany is now only weeks away, offering the potential for important initiatives in coming months.

Will the European Union be a maker or a taker of the emerging global order? How are transatlantic relations being impacted by the transactional politics of President Trump? How will Brexit play out over the next two years? Is it already affecting the policy priorities of the other EU 27 and giving them a renewed common purpose? Where can the EU build closer unity - and where will it have to?

In this informal lunchtime roundtable, Klaus Welle will talk about the reality of the EU today and its prospects for tomorrow - and about the future of transatlantic relations in an era of uncertainty.

Klaus Welle has been Secretary General of the European Parliament since 2009. He previously served as chief of staff to the President of the Parliament, Secretary General of the EPP Group and EPP party, and head of foreign affairs for the CDU party in Germany.

Cosponsors: EU Studies Center, Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, NYU Center for European and Mediterranean Studies, NYU Deutsches Haus, Graduate Center

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