Will Europe make it?

Richard Corbett Joseph Garcia Charles Grant Frédéric Martel Laurent Pech Louise Rowntree

Great Hall

May 12th, 2017, 10:30 am - 11:15 am


Can the EU meet the challenges of Brexit and populism to reinvent itself?

Emmanuel Macron’s triumph in France over Marine Le Pen’s Front National is a victory for the EU. For the moment, the nationalist, Eurosceptic forces have been repelled and, after Geert Wilders’ earlier defeat in Holland, this bodes well for the elections in Germany, where the far right is also on the march. But protectionist and nationalist movements still threaten the European project and, indeed, the values of the enlightenment. Can the EU reform, or will it revert to its old ways once the crisis seems to have passed? Does Macron’s win turn Hard Brexit into a Harsh Brexit, as he once promised?

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