EU Day 2017

Learn about EU Day and the keynote delivered by David O'Sullivan, Ambassador of the EU to the U.S. on the 15th Annual EU Day on March 15.

Master of Arts in European Union Studies

The European Union Center at the University of Illinois offers the only Master of Arts in European Union Studies (MAEUS) program in the Western Hemisphere. Learn more here.

Language Shapes Opinion Towards Gender Equality

Dr. Margit Tavits discussed langauge and gender as a part of the EUC Faculty Lecture Series.

Conversations on Europe

Watch the collection of online roundtable discussions on different EU issues sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh.

Transatlantic Relationships after US Elections

Watch the EUC Sponsored Roundtable on Transatlantic Relations after the 2016 US Election with Moderator Niala Boodhoo

Videos of Previous Lectures

Missed an EUC-hosted lecture? Our blog's video tag has archived previous EUC-sponsored lectures.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Panel Discussion Blog: New Leaders of Transatlantic Relations: Future Prospects

By Adalric Tuten

When Donald Trump won the US presidential election, how did the European Union (EU) member states react? Has Donald Trump’s victory encouraged populist politics within the EU? What has Donald Trump’s presidency meant for US, EU, and Russia relations? Where does Brexit fit into this recent drama in American and EU electoral politics?

To address these and related questions, the European Union Center (EUC) of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) held its Opening Roundtable and Fall Reception on August 29, titled New Leaders of Transatlantic Relations: Future Prospects.

The Roundtable featured 3 prominent UIUC faculty members: Dr. Scott Althaus, Professor of Political Science and Director of UIUC’s Cline Center for Democracy; Dr. Zsuzsa Gille, Professor of Sociology and Director of Global Studies at UIUC; and, Dr. Kostas Kourtikakis, Teaching Associate Professor of Political Science. Dr. Neil Vander Most, Visiting Coordinator of Academic Programs at the EUC and specialist on EU immigration and radical right parties in the EU, moderated the panel discussion.

The moderator’s initial talking point centered on the recent and dramatic election outcomes in the US and the EU and what these outcomes mean for relations between the US and the EU. From this talking point, the panel addressed many critical themes, including: the impact of the Trump presidency on US-EU-Russia relations; the rise of nationalistic or populist politics in both the EU and the US; the impact of populist politics on the media; concern about the future of US power in the world; and the consequences of Brexit for EU-US relations and the future of populist politics in the EU.

Highlights of the discussion are many, and EU Blog readers are encouraged to view the video of the panel discussion posted along with this blog.


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