UCL European Institute


What will Trump's presidency mean for Europe and the UK?

30 January 2017, 12:00 am


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To mark Trump's inauguration as President and first week in office, the UCL European Institute and the UCL Institute of the Americas are hosting a public event to discuss the consequences for European, UK and Brexit politics.

30 January 2017
Harrie Massey Lecture Theatre
25 Gordon Street

The election of Donald Trump as President of the USA has sent shockwaves throughout the world. The consequences of his surprise victory are significant but uncertain, especially for the UK and Europe.

Immediately after the election, EU leaders held an emergency meeting to discuss what it means for Europe; UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson was absent and said that the Europeans should stop whinging.

During the presidential campaign, many of Trump's remarks, pledges and promises suggested that his presidency will have a major effect on the post-war global order and the US's relationship with Europe. From his stance to free trade to his comments on NATO and Putin, it is clear that Trump's policies will have major consequences for European politics, foreign policy and trade.

To mark Trump's inauguration as President and first week in office, UCL is hosting a public event to unpick some of these important issues. This public discussion, hosted by UCL Institute of the Americas and the UCL European Institute, brings together leading experts in American and European studies to answer the following questions:

  • What will the 'special relationship' look like in a Trump presidency?
  • Will the election of Trump have an impact on the UK's Brexit negotiations?
  • How will the Trump presidency affect Europe and the EU?
  • What will European foreign policy look like in the Trump era?
  • Will the election of Trump inspire similar populist victories across Europe?
  • Are there parallels between Trump and Brexit?


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