After the U.S. election, attention is focused on the new administration in Washington and on national politics in Europe. While the Netherlands has already held federal elections in 2017, the French and the Germans are preparing for their own elections. After the June 2016 referendum in the United Kingdom in favor of a Brexit, Donald Trump’s upset of Hillary Clinton, and increased polarization and rising populism across Europe, there is a lot to talk about.
In recent months, the ACG has hosted discussions in New York and across the country that have touched on these issues. For example, in their conversation about the impact of the U.S. election Christopher Caldwell, Senior Editor for The Weekly Standard, and Georg Mascolo, Head of the Joint Investigative Group of the Süddeutsche Zeitung, NDR, and WDR, talked about the implications of the rise of populism in Europe. Immigration expert Dr. Bruce Leimsidor and Dr. Christian Martin, Max Weber Chair at NYU, had a lively conversation about shifting perceptions in Europe in light of immigration and globalization. In December, the ACG spoke with Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, Vice President of the European Parliament, and German Bundestag Member Peter Beyer (CDU) about Europe’s upcoming elections and the future of the EU.