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What is the Future of The European Union?


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As part of the International Development Interest Group's (IDIG) International Week, the Bloustein School is hosting a discussion with Antoine Ripoll, Director of the European Parliament Liaison Office with the US Congress. The discussion, "What is the Future of The European Union (and liberal democracy) in a Dis-Integrating World?" and will be held on Wednesday, April 4, beginning at 4:30 p.m. in Room 261 of the Civic Square Building, 33 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick.

Americans and Europeans share similar experiences: polarized public opinion, the emergence of populists in government, a rapidly changing economic and social environment, doubts about the resilience of our post-war principles and values. At the same time, new powers are quickly emerging, mostly on the Asian continent: China is about to overcome America as the world’s economic leader, and the next technological generation is about to transform our way of life in ways we can’t even begin to imagine.

How to make sense of all this? Are we witnessing the end of a world order based on western values? And if this is the case, what will replace the “good old” multilateral order? To what extent are citizens aware of this evolution, and is public opinion equipped to shape our common future? Nobody can pretend to know the answer to these fundamental interrogations, but Antoine Ripoll will offer his views and debate with students.