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FVCC Honors Symposium Lecture Series
February 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Germany and Europe after Merkel
In times of rising populism in Europe and across the globe, a looming Brexit and the first serious rise of the far right in Germany since World War II, Angela Merkel’s departure from the political stage seems ill-timed. Why retreat from politics in this most tumultuous time? In her talk, Eva-Maria Maggi argues that Merkel’s step-by-step departure is the only way to ensure the survival of her political legacy in Europe and Germany beyond the next election and may also end populism in Germany. Merkel’s political recipes to cure Europe’s ailing economy with financial austerity and bailouts or open German borders to respond to an increased number of refugees from the Middle East and Africa were controversial and turned Merkel into the popular punching bag of the far right in Germany and Europe. Her decision to step down as chairwoman of the Christian Democratic Union while continuing to serve as chancellor until the end of her term in 2021, gives way for a renewed debate on immigration in Germany and Europe’s post-Brexit future. With no leading populist figure in sight, Merkel’s political retreat could well set an end to the far right chances of future electoral victory.
Dr. Eva Maria Maggi
University of Montana. Missoula, MT
Dr. Eva-Maria Maggi teaches European politics and international security at the University of Montana and the School of Government and Public Policy at the University of Arizona. Her research on the European Union and Middle East has been published in over a dozen peer-reviewed publications. Her book, “The Will of Change: European Neighborhood Policy, Institutional Change and Domestic Actors in Morocco,” was published in 2016. Dr. Maggi’s current research examines the politics driving cyber security policies in the U.S. and Europe and within trans-Atlantic cooperation. She has contributed to NPR’s Planet Money, the magazine Europe Today and The Arizona Daily Star.