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CWU Roundtable to Discuss the European Union’s Future

The future of the European Union (EU) is the subject of a special roundtable discussion with three EU experts on Thursday, November 16 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Planetarium, Science II Building on the Central Washington University campus.

“With such events as the recent ‘Brexit’ vote in Great Britain and the financial crisis in Greece, it’s very timely to have a dialogue about the European Union and where it goes from here,” said program coordinator and CWU Political Science faculty member Eugen Nagy. “With that in mind, we’ve invited a panel of experts on this topic to discuss these issues at CWU.”

Following the discussion, which will be moderated by Prof Eugen L Nagy, there will a reception for the attending public to meet with the panelists. The event will be taped and broadcast later on TVW (

Panelists will include:

• Klaus Botzet, Minister Counsellor, Head of the Political, Security, and Development Section, Delegation of the European Union to the USA. Botzet is an experienced diplomat who has worked for more than two decades in the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany, and is an expert on the security dimensions of the EU.

• Kurt Hübner, Jean Monnet Chair for European Integration and Global Political Economy at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Canada. Hübner has served as the director of the Institute of European Studies at UBC for many years. As a specialist in the economic dimensions of the EU, the Euro, and European integration, he is both a reputed scholar and a much in demand speaker.

• Nico Lange, Director, Konrad Adenauer Foundation USA. After serving in the German federal armed forces in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo, he has worked for the Robert Bosch Foundation and the Adenauer Foundations in the Russian Federation, Ukraine, and Germany, while also teaching politics and international relations at various universities Among others, Lange is a specialist on the Eastern challenges facing the EU.

The roundtable is part of a two-week series of campus events focused on the EU, which were made possible through a generous grant from the German Information Center USA (through the Germany: Making Choices program), and with the support of CWU’s William O. Douglas Honors College.

The events are also sponsored by CWU’s Department of Political Science, World Languages and Cultures Department, Film Program and the Office of International Studies and Programs.

For more information about this roundtable and the other related events, connect with the program at, or contact Eugen Nagy at For accommodation email:

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