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Jean Monnet seminar: European Values under Threat - the EU-Russia-US Triangle

Wednesday 26 September 2018
Europe and the World Seminar: ‘European Values under Threat - the EU-Russia-US Triangle’ by Maxine David
Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP The Hague

The EU is currently faced with a range of pressures and crises, both from within and without, that are resulting in a retreat from its own values system. This talk will focus on the threats from without, particularly the EU’s relations with Russia and the USA.

Russia’s attempts to destabilise the EU are evident in its discourse and overt and covert foreign policy actions. Increasingly, however, it seems that the greater threat is emerging from Europe’s long-term ally, as the Trump administration chips away at the transatlantic alliance, simultaneously undermining the liberal, rules-based order in place since the end of the Second World War. This fracturing of western relationships and positions serves Russia and other actors, especially China, well—and Europe poorly.

Under those conditions, it is even more important that the EU defends its values at home but do its constituent parts have the political will and commitment to do so? And what will be the consequences if they do not?

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