News and Views: European Elections
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News and Views: European Elections

Join us in Waldo from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 23. We'll announce the timely topic, facilitator, and suggested articles earlier that week to give everyone a chance to prepare for the conversation.

When: Thursday, May 23
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Where: Kokoro Maki House
340 W. 75th Street
Kansas City, Missouri  64114
United States
Contact: April Diaz
(816) 423-2632

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About News & Views
Today, international news stories can change from minute to minute, and lectures and panel discussions can’t always dive in to the latest developments. News & Views, a new conversation-based series from the International Relations Council, brings together a small group of community members for respectful, substantive discussion around one of that week’s top international new stories. Facilitated by a seasoned member of the International Relations Council, the group meets in different informal settings around town, like a happy hour on the Plaza, for a guided conversation about a topic and articles that we’ll share just a few days in advance. Individuals of all backgrounds, interests, and perspectives are welcome – we just ask that you bring an open mind, thoughtful questions, and common courtesy. Registration is free but helps us with planning; individuals cover their own food and drinks.


Topic for May 23 News & Views

2019 European Elections: With issues like trade and Brexit looming large, the 2019 elections to the European Parliament could reshape the European Union for a generation. The stability of the EU has already shifted dramatically since the last elections, held 5 years ago. The United Kingdom's 2016 referendum to leave the EU was just one of many challenges; an immigration crisis in 2015, electoral success of euroskeptic parties in many countries, and continued tension with Russia have all complicated the European project. Come join us to discuss these and other issues that make this month's European elections relevant to the whole global community.


About the Facilitator
Kit Dawson
is the Business Intelligence Strategist for the PKD Foundation. A graduate of Oberlin College with degrees in History and English, Kit is a regular IRC volunteer and international education enthusiast. 



Suggested Readings

2019 European Elections: How Many New MEPs Might You Get? 

2019 European Parliament Elections Will Change the EU’s Political Dynamics

New Seat Projections for the Next European Parliament

Why European Parliament Elections Suddenly Matter


This event is free and open to the public. We just ask that you RSVP for planning purposes. Registration for this event is capped at 15.