Meanwhile in Europe: Macron, Merkel & May and the future of the EU

‌Lecture Series Description: Elections held in France, Britain and Germany in 2016 and 2017 demonstrated the common challenges faced by European states, and the widely varying politicla response that electorates can choose in attempting to meet those challenges. Why did France choose Macron, while Britain chose Brexit? What does Brexit, and the subsequent snap elections called by PM Theresa May, mean for the future of British, EU and regional bodies like the Scottish Parliament and the Northern Irish Assembly? Can Merkel and Macron work together to solve key challenges faced by the EU right now? This series will examine these challenges, recent elections, party politics, and the potential for continued cooperation in the EU.

Lecture Series Information: Tuesdays, 1:00-3:00 p.m., starting April 3, 2018, O'Shaughnessy Educational Center Auditorium, University of St. Thomas St. Paul Campus

Lecture Series EducatorDr. Renee Buhr is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of St. Thomas. She teaches courses in international relations and comparative politics, such as Comparative Politics of Europe, Politics of Post-Soviet States, and International Security.  Her current research focuses on French national identity and how politicians describe that identity to win over voters on different locations on the political spectrum. Her research as a whole examines narratives of national identity, and the ways in which different narratives can include, or exclude, a given population.  Prior to earning her Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Renee worked as an intern at the Rand Corporation and as a non-proliferation analyst at the CIA. She holds a Masters in International Affairs from the University of Chicago, and a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and French from the University of Wisconsin.

Fee for the series:  $90 per person

To register on-line with a credit card on our secure page, click on this link:

To print out a form to complete and then mail in with a check or cash payment, click on this link: ‌Winter-Spring 2018 Registration Form

Link to campus mapSt. Paul Campus Map

Detailed Lecture Series Syllabus:

Apr. 3

Current challenges faced by European states: globalization, austerity, and the migrant crisis.

Apr. 10

The British response: Brexit and May's decision to call snap elections

Apr. 17

The French response (Lecture 1): Mainstream political parties and their respone to persistent challenges

Apr. 24

The French response (Lecture 2): New political parties and their proposals for dealing with those challenges; election results and what they mean for the future of the French party system

May 1

The German response: "Mother Merkel" and the migrant crisis, the backlash, and the elections of 2017

May 8

Future of the EU: Macron and Merkel allied?