The fu­ture of Europe in the wake of Brexit


While Brexit dom­i­nates the news about Europe, it is easy to over­look other im­por­tant is­sues the Euro­pean Union is fac­ing.

Th­ese in­clude mi­gra­tion, pop­ulism and the rise of na­tion­al­ist po­lit­i­cal par­ties, im­bal­ances in the Eu­ro­zone, and neigh­bour­hood tur­bu­lence.

So has the ‘Euro­pean ex­per­i­ment’ worked so far, and what is the outlook for Euro­pean in­te­gra­tion?

The EU’s am­bas­sador to New Zealand, Bernard Sav­age, will speak to the May meet­ing of the Wairarapa branch of the NZ In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tional Af­fairs. He will ad­dress the fol­low­ing ques­tions and then in­ter­act with the au­di­ence:

What is the fu­ture of Europe, given the many in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal pres­sures it faces?

What are the EU’s cur­rent stress points?

How can the EU an­swer global chal­lenges?

What are the im­pli­ca­tions for New Zealand’s on­go­ing re­la­tions with Europe? Sav­age is a sea­soned diplo­mat who has worked in sev­eral cri­sis sit­u­a­tions.

He has been an EU diplo­mat for over 20 years, serv­ing in the Mid­dle East, Africa, and Sri Lanka as well as in Brus­sels. He is a grad­u­ate of Strath­clyde Univer­sity and the Ed­in­burgh Busi­ness School. Wed­nes­day 16 May, 8pm.

The Sem­i­nar Room, Wairarapa Sports House, Cnr. Chapel and Jack­son Streets, Master­ton. Tea and cof­fee served from 7.30 pm. All wel­come, vis­i­tors $5.00 door charge. En­quiries to Aileen We­ston, email aileen.we­ston@or­

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