A Bastille Day Discussion
Emmanuel Macron, France, and Europe’s place in the world

William Drozdiak

Sr. Fellow, Centr. on the US & Europe - Brookings

Amb. John Emerson (moderator)

Chairman, American Council on Germany

July 14, 2020 11:00 AM    Webinar

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Join us on Bastille Day for a discussion on France, Emmanuel Macron, and Europe’s place in the world. The discussion will be led by William Drozdiak senior fellow at The Brookings Institution’s Center on the United States and Europe and longtime foreign correspondent. John Emerson, Chairman of the American Council on Germany and former US Ambassador to Germany, will moderate the conversation.

The Bastille Day discussion will address William Drozdiak’s new book, THE LAST PRESIDENT OF EUROPE: Emmanuel Macron's Race to Revive France and Save the World, where Drozdiak argues that Macron is the last staunch leader working to hold the European project together. The book delves into Macron’s plethora of challenges in France and abroad — including Trump’s attacks on NATO and the international order, Merkel’s weakness, Italy’s government of nihilists and satirists, the Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vests) protesters, the resurgence of anti-Semitism, and the endless turmoil of Brexit. The conversation will move beyond Drozdiak’s book to an in-depth discussion on France-Germany relations, particularly in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and European Union post-pandemic recovery fund. It will also broaden to the state of the European Union, and the state of the European continent in relation to the world. 

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William Drozdiak is a nonresident senior fellow at The Brookings Institution’s Center on the United States and Europe, and a senior advisor for Europe with McLarty Associates, an international strategic consultancy firm based in Washington, D.C. Drozdiak worked for two decades as a senior editor and foreign correspondent for the Washington Post. Before joining the Post, Drozdiak was the U.S. State Department correspondent for Time. He has written extensively about international relations for many other publications, including articles in Foreign AffairsForeign PolicyNewsweek, and The Financial Times. He is the author of Fractured Continent: Europe’s Crises and the Fate of the West .He lives in Washington, D.C.

H.E. John B. Emerson (moderator) was named Chairman of the American Council on Germany on January 17, 2018. He is Vice Chairman at Capital Group International. Previously, he served as United States Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany from August, 2013 until January 20, 2017. He served at a particularly challenging time, and in 2015 Ambassador Emerson was awarded the State Department's prestigious Sue M. Cobb Award for Exemplary Diplomatic Service, which is given annually to one non-career Ambassador.  He also served on President Obama’s Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations.


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