The French Election and the Future of the European Union

Sabine Lang, Richard Watts, Frank Wendler, Ernesto Peñas-Lado
Monday, May 15, 2017 - 6:30pm
Kane Hall, Walker Ames Room (225)

On Monday, May 15 in Walker Ames Room (Kane Hall)  the Center for West European Studies, the EU Center, and  French & Italian Studies will co host a post French election discussion panel from 6:30-8:00pm.

The 2017 French presidential election is shaping up to be one of the most important and unpredictable in recent memory. While there is strong support for the far-right and anti-European "Front National", there is equally strong support for the new pro-European citizen movement "En Marche". The election will not just alter the French Republic, it will profoundly shape the future of the European Union.

French & Italian Studies department chair, Rich Watts will start with an assessment of the French election outcome from a domestic French perspective. DAAD Visiting Assistant Professor Frank Wendler will discuss the meaning of the elections in a wider context for Germany and for right wing populism in Europe. Visiting EU Fellow Ernesto Peñas-Lado will provide the elections’ implications for the future of the European Union. After the individual presentations, Director of the Center for West European Studies and Associate Professor Professor Sabine Lang will moderate a discussion. Please join us for this important discussion!