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CCGES Online Roundtable: Obama and Europe

Posted: December 22, 2008

In the wake of Barack Obama’s historic victory, the Canadian Centre for German and European Studies (CCGES) at York University gathered together a group of its faculty affiliates to discuss a variety of aspects of the European relationship with president-elect Obama and his new administration This discussion is now available for viewing online at or on YouTube directly by clicking on any of the topics listed below.
Amongst the topics addressed by the group were the following:

  • A European Obama? – Could a candidate similiar to Obama emerge in any of Europe’s political cultures? What are the hurdles such a person would face?
  • What Do They See in Him? – The perception of Obama in Europe
  • Great Expectations – What an Obama administration and European leaders expect from each other

Contributing to the discussions were Dagmar Soennecken (Professor of Public Policy at York’s School of Public Policy and Administration), Burkard Eberlein (Professor of Policy, Schulich School of Business) and Willem Maas (Professor for Political Science and Public & International Affairs at York’s Glendon College as well as holder of a Jean Monnet Chair in European Integration). Moderation duties were taken on by CCGES’ Director, Dr. Klaus Rupprecht.

CCGES would like to thank for their support of the Roundtable and encourages anyone interested in learning more about activities related to German Studies taking place at Canadian post-secondary institutions to visit this site.