Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung Representative to Palestine Delivers a Lecture on the Recent EU Elections
On Tuesday, June 18, 2019, Mr. Marc Frings, Head of the Office in Palestine for Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) visited An Najah to give a guest lecture on the recent European Parliament elections and their implications for Palestine.
Dr. Mohammed Al Amleh welcomed Mr. Frings to An Najah National University along with the An Najah University Debate Society (NNUDS) who briefed him on the University’s debate team history and accomplishments as well as the university’s priority to provide strong trainings and programs that enhance students’ soft skills and critical thinking.
The lecture included an overview of the structure of European Parliament elections and what power it structurally holds within the European Union as well as the results of the recent May 2019 elections. Mr. Frings also discussed the trends during the last five years of policy and votes taken by EU member states related to Palestine and where those trends will probably go in coming years. A discussion of populism as well as different politically leaning parties from those with liberal to centrist and conservative values and how they approach the crisis in Palestine was explored during the lecture.
The session was concluded with feedback from the participants about what they think is most important for European policymakers to know about Palestinians that may be left out of the dominate narrative. It is worth mentioning that the visit was organized by the International Development and External Affairs Office.