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Saturday, November 2 • 10:15am - 11:15am
Happening Now: Brexit

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Brexit is the single most challenging present-day European issue. No other political process has captured the public’s attention, consumed bureaucratic resources, and kindled divisive sentiments like the planned departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union. With the most recent deadline of October 31st for the UK’s departure from the European Union but continued uncertainty as to whether a deferral may take place, this panel represents a key opportunity for experts in policy and journalism to speak on ways forward.

What will the UK-EU relationship look like in the days after October 31st? The GAC may not have all the answers in the immediate aftermath of the deadline’s passing ⁠— but will be ready to discuss what is happening at the present moment. In particular, with the rise of Euroscepticism elsewhere in die EU, the relation between Euroscepticism and the ways in which “exit” has come to function as an implicit and explicit theme in populist politics will be examined. Beyond the challenge of Brexit itself, how has this phenomenon contributed to the reshaping of European politics? And how has the Union itself risen (or failed to rise) to the challenge of Brexit?

Brexit is a paradoxical issue: In breaking one barrier, namely the challenging hurdle to follow through with leaving the European Union, it has the potential to create countless others.

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Fellow in the Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Alvaro Renedo is currently a Fellow in the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (Belfer Center of Science and International Affairs, Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relation), where he will be doing research and lecturing in the field of EU affairs throughout this academic... Read More →


Political Correspondent for France Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
Michaela Wiegel, born in 1968 in Bremerhaven (Germany), writes about French politics and society for the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the Sunday edition Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung and the weekly Die Woche. She is based as a correspondent for France... Read More →
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Executive director of the Bertelsmann Foundation
Irene Braam joined the Bertelsmann Foundation as executive director in April 2016. She is also the first vice president and board director of the Bertelsmann Foundation Board of Directors. Irene is an experienced lawyer and media expert, and worked for over ten years with the Bertelsmann... Read More →


Visiting fellow Europe Program

Saturday November 2, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am PDT
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