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Continuing Education > Creative Retirement Institute > Spring Quarter 2019 Class List

Economics and Nationalism: Threats to the European Union  

The European Union (EU) is facing challenges from Brexit to new political leadership of member nations - its most serious threats to date. We will study an increasingly conflicted geopolitical climate for member nations, as well as challenges from assertive non-members, such as China and Russia. The origin and impact of conflicts in the Middle East and Africa will be evaluated as the state of perpetual war continues to pressure the strength of the EU. We will consider that what presents as radical extremism has its origins in economic and political policy from decades past, contributing to political instability within the EU and widespread unrest across the globe. Maria Montalvo holds an MA in political science and economics. She is a columnist for the Edmonds Beacon, and works as Executive Director in the non-profit education sector.