May 09, 2017

The European Union Just Squeaked By

Featuring Julianne Smith

Source: Foreign Policy

Journalist David Rothkopf

On this week’s first episode of The E.R., David Rothkopf, Rosa Brooks, Ed Luce, and Julie Smith discuss the French election results, what it means for the rest of the European Union and, more broadly, the world. With Macron claiming a big victory over the weekend, many are now breathing a sigh of relief that France didn’t put a far-right leader in office. But even so, it is still disturbing that one-third of France’s population voted for Marine Le Pen, and the panel argues that this is part of a deeper-rooted structural crisis that is likely to get worse before it gets better.

The E.R. team then takes a step back and looks at the future of the EU as a whole and the U.S. relationship with its European allies and NATO. With Austria, the Netherlands, Germany, and France having recently rejected populist far-right movements, can the European project get back on track — acting as a global check to other unbalanced powers? Maybe even throwing some newfound mojo back at the United States?

Listen at Foreign Policy.


  • Julianne Smith

    Former Adjunct Senior Fellow, Transatlantic Security Program

    Julianne (“Julie”) Smith is a contributing editor to Foreign Policy, where she coedits “Shadow Government.” She is also a senior advisor at WestExec Advisors, an adjunct senio...