Annual Meeting of The European Institute’s Members and Board of Advisors     Print Email
Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Hosted by H.E. Urs Ziswiler, Ambassador of Switzerland to the United States, the meeting was an opportunity to discuss the economic, security and environmental agenda for European-American relations in view of the current financial crisis, upcoming presidential and congressional elections in the U.S., the political situation in the European Union, and recent developments in the Caucasus. Luc Véron, Minister-Counselor and Head of the Political and Development Section of the Delegation of the European Commission, gave an overview of the European Commission’s priorities as the EU faces the consequences of the Irish “no” to the Lisbon Treaty, the end of the Barroso Commission’s term and upcoming European parliamentary elections. William Lucas, Director of European Union and Regional Affairs for the US State Department, discussed recent events in the Caucuses and their effects on US-EU relations, as well as the need for transatlantic cooperation to deal with a potential resurgence of Russian power. Christian Stenberg, First Secretary of the Economic Section of the Royal Danish Embassy, presented the Nordic perspective of the challenges created by climate change. Massimo Calabresi, White House Correspondent for Time Magazine offered an analysis of the 2009 Presidential and Congressional elections and their impact on transatlantic relations.

  • High Skills versus Family-Based Immigration Policy: Complex Considerations.

    By Nicholas Zill

    In the current era of rapid demographic and technological change, and massive refugee flows, there has been much debate in European nations and in the US about immigration policies. One of the major points of contention is whether preferences should be given to would-be entrants on the basis of their high skills (merit-based immigration) or their family ties to individuals already residing in the country (family reunification).

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UMD Jean Monnet Research Project

Infrastructure Planning and Financing: Lessons from Europe and the United States

The University of Maryland has received a Jean Monnet grant from the EU to conduct a series of policy exchanges between Europe and the US on filling infrastructure needs and the utility of public/private partnerships as the financing mechanism. If interested in participating in or receiving more information about these exchanges, please contact Rye McKenzie (

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The Bertelsmann Foundation is an independent, nonpartisan and nonprofit think tank in Washington, DC with a transatlantic perspective on global challenges.

"Edge of a Precipice" by Nathan Crist

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