About this event

The succession of Trump by Biden in the White House and the American "return to the world", has given fresh impetus to transatlantic relations. However, both Europe and the United States continue to face major political, economic, and social issues. The deep frictions in U.S. society and the persistent signs of democratic erosion have not been overcome with the change in administration. Against this backdrop, the U.S. midterm elections in November 2022 will be crucial to defining the state of democracy in the United States, its influence and ability to shape international politics, as well as the terms of transatlantic relations in the coming years. In the context of rising polarization, divisions, and contestation, what do the midterm elections say about the state of U.S. democracy? How do Europeans interpret the outcomes of the midterm elections and what are the implications for U.S. international politics and external relations? To analyze and discuss these issues, the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS), and the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMFUS) will bring together leading European and U.S. experts and policymakers at the 5th State of the Unions conference, in Brussels, to engage in a debate about the vote that takes place on the other side of the Atlantic but has global repercussions.

The event schedule is as follows:
13:30 – 14:00 CET: Registration
14:00 – 14:15 CET: Opening remarks
14:15 – 15:30 CET: Session I: A Polarized Democracy and the Future of U.S. Politics
15:30 – 15:45 CET: Coffee Break
15:45 – 17:00 CET: Session II: Implications of a new U.S. Congress for the EU and Global Politics

Please join us at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 16, 2022, at NH Hotel EU Berlaymont located at Bd. Charlemagne 11/19, 1000 Brussels.

If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Hermes at [email protected].