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  • Annual Meeting of the Members & Board of Advisors

    On September 23rd, The European Institute held its Annual Meeting of the Members and Board of Advisors at the Embassy of Austria in Washington, DC. Following opening remarks by Joëlle Attinger, President of the European Institute and Sigurd Pacher, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Austria, Julieta Valls Noyes, Deputy Assistant Secretary for European & Eurasian Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, gave an overview of the current U.S.-EU relations and singled out the need for stronger cooperation in light of the crisis in Ukraine, the importance of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, and possible solutions for European energy security as the areas of most immediate concern. François Rivasseau, Deputy Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the United States,surveyed the current security challenges facing the EU with a special emphasis on its Southern and Eastern neighborhood. Everett Eissenstat, Chief International Trade Counsel for the United States Senate Finance Committee, elaborated on the significance of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, and Dr. William Pomeranz, Deputy Director of the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center, offered an analysis of the current events from a Russian perspective and provided his insights on the future of the relationship between Russia and the West. The discussion was moderated by The Honorable Bart Gordon, Partner at K&L Gates, LLP.

European Affairs

The Journal of the European Institute

Catalan Separatist Movement Persists Despite Scotland’s Failed Referendum

- -- Ryan Barnes

ryan barnes photo 2By Ryan Barnes, Senior International Trade Specialist, U.S. Department of Commerce

Separatists from Quebec to Flanders are still reeling from Scotland’s September 18th referendum in which voters chose to remain in Britain. The spillover effect from a successful Scottish push for independence, which would have provided a fillip to other like-minded movements around the world, never occurred. Secessionists in Catalonia in Northeastern Spain, home to sixteen percent of Spain’s population and nearly a fifth of its economic output, nonetheless persevere in their efforts to leave Spain.


Jean-Claude Trichet Surveys the Euro-- Past and Future

- By Bill Marmon, European Affairs

“Don’t underestimate the resilience of the  European” or of the Euro,  said Jean-Claude Trichet, president of the European Central Bank from 2003-2011, in a wide-ranging speech last week at the European Institute in D.C.   Trichet spoke not only of triumphs but also of  problems and future challenges for the Euro, the European common currency that benefited considerably from Trichet’s credibility and leadership over  a crucial period.  (Click here for text of the speech.)


Outpost: Life on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy by Christopher R. Hill. Simon & Schuster. 431 pages.

- -Reviewed by Laurence Barrett, former Senior Editor Time Magazine

Severe turmoil makes diplomats in Haiti fear violence from government goons called Ton Ton Macoutes. Chris Hill, age ten, realizes the danger when his parents show him how to aim the loaded pistol they keep at home. “Don’t use it unless you have to,” his mother says. He doesn’t have to. The State Department soon evacuates all diplomatic dependents. That was in 1963.


Juncker’s New Commission Team Faces the European Parliament

- By Brian Beary, U.S. Correspondent, Europolitics

brianbeary-august2011On 10 September, President Jean-Claude Juncker unveiled his team of 28, one for each member state of the European Union. With his promise to create a ‘more political, less technocratic’ Commission, supporters of the EU executive are hopeful that Juncker will restore the Commission’s lustre and emulate the visionary leadership of Jacques Delors, who served as European Commission President from 1984 to 1995.


NATO Goes to Wales

- By Robert Hunter, former U.S. Ambassador to NATO 1993-98

bod.hunter2At last week’s NATO summit in South Wales, there was a most prominent “absent guest” who could have been called to by any of the Western leaders, but especially by U.S. President Barack Obama:

Avaunt! and quit my sight! let the earth hide thee!
Thy bones are marrowless, thy blood is cold;
Thou hast no speculation in those eyes
Which thou dost glare with!

But unlike the terror he felt in face of Banquo’s ghost, Macbeth declared himself able to deal with “…the rugged Russian bear…” (or also, stated here for the record, “… th' Hyrcan [Iranian] tiger…”)



- Jon Ferris

Net Neutrality Event 8/6/14.  (Scroll down)  Video recording of  presentation by Scott Marcus at the Internet Society-DC, on the complexities of the net neutrality  issue, too often  reduced to slogans “pro and con.”   Marcus, a principal at WIK Consult, also authoritatively discusses the substantial differences in the way the issue of net neutrality is addressed in the U.S. and Europe.   Recommended by Mike Nelson, adjunct professor at Georgetown University and member of The Board of Directors of the European Institute.

- Jon Ferris

Collapse of the World Order?,   The Emergence of a Polycentric World and Its Challenges,” by Alexei Arbatov, Director of the International Security Center at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations.  A rigorous, nuanced and balanced  assessment of the Ukraine crisis by a leading Russian scholar and former member of the State Duma, and its impact on Russian relations with the West.   Recommended by  “European Affairs.”

- Jon Ferris

The Experience of African Migrant Workers in Italy,” by Nicole Crowder, Washington Post Sept. 18. A compelling photo essay on the perils facing African immigrants who make the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean in shoddy life rafts from Tripoli, Libya. Recommended by European Affairs.



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European Commission Vice President & Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights & Citizenship Viviane Reding on the lack of economic development in certain EU countries at The European Institute in FOCUS: "Viviane Reding: I am seriously concerned about break of balance among powers in some of the EU member states"

The Honorable Viviane Reding, Vice President & European Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights & Citizenship at The European Institute in Europolitics: "Reding shares vision for 'United States of Europe'" by Brian Beary

Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev's visit to The European Institute in Sofia News Agency: "President in US: Bulgaria Must Implement Own Reforms"

The Honorable Rosen Plevneliev, President of the Republic of Bulgaria at The European Institute in FOCUS: "Bulgaria should reach economic growth of over 2%: President" by Ekaterina Katracheva

"EU Energy Policy - Challenges & Solutions" with Lithuanian Energy Minister Jaroslav Neverovic in The Lithuanian Tribune: "Energy Minister Neverovic discussed EU Energy Policy in Washington DC" by Virginijus Sinkevicius



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