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A New Approach to Europe: U.S. Interests, Nationalist Movements, and the European Union

  • 562 Dirksen Senate Office Building (map)

Dear Colleague:

Members of Congress and their staff are respectfully invited to attend the following staff-led Helsinki Commission briefing:

U.S. Interests, Nationalist Movements, and the European Union

Thursday, November 1, 2018
10:00 a.m.
Senate Dirksen Office Building
Room 562

President Trump has turned decades-old conventional wisdom on U.S. policy towards Europe on its head. His description of the European Union as a foe and embrace of populist leaders from Hungary’s Viktor Orban to Italy’s Giuseppe Conte have little historical precedent since World War II.  With transatlantic relations in flux, observers wonder whether the approach that has guided our policy towards Europe since World War II has run its course. 

At this Helsinki Commission briefing, distinguished experts on U.S.-European relations will examine the historical context of the relationship and ask whether European integration remains in the U.S. national interest and whether populist movements in Europe should be considered a threat or an opportunity.  

Expert panelists scheduled to participate include:

  • Ted R. Bromund, Senior Research Fellow in Anglo-American Relations, Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom, The Heritage Foundation

  • Paul Coyer, Research Professor, The Institute of World Politics

  • Jeffrey Rathke, President, American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, Johns Hopkins University

For more information, please contact Alex Tiersky of the Commission staff at 202-225-1901 or via e-mail at Alex.Tiersky@mail.house.gov.