Monday, August 14, 2006
Politics make strange...friendships
Here's an article that examines how the Bush-Merkel friendship may warm relations between the US and Germany.
Sunday, August 13, 2006
European Press Review
For an excellent brief summary see this on the BBC site
Resurfacing Tranatlantic Tensions
Following the recent arrests and disruption in Trans Atlantic travel, the Voice of America ran this piece.
During the past year, the United States and Europe have worked hard to mend relations that were deeply frayed by differences over Iraq. But divergent American and European views are resurfacing over how to handle the crisis in Lebanon and Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
Many experts note that since the beginning of President Bush’s second term in office, there has been a clear improvement in U.S.-European relations and that both sides have gone out of their way to heal divisions exposed during the debate over the war in Iraq.
Charles Kupchan, Director of the Europe Program at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, says Americans and Europeans looked at the possible weakening of their relations and didn’t like what they saw.
NATO - - a unifying force between transatlantic partners
According to U.S. analyst John Hulsman at the German Council on Foreign Relations in Berlin, contends the United States is going to need support of at least some European allies. And the Europeans are going to need American involvement to get anything done.
Friday, August 11, 2006
Student Mobility in Europe
Creating a culture of mobility in Europe cannot be achieved without a change in mentality. Higher mobility rates among young workers indicate that this change is already underway. Why do the younger workers of today find it easier to be mobile?
One answer is that in many sectors, the ground for worker mobility has already been prepared by student mobility. In the field of education, a culture of mobility has already partly been achieved.
1976-2006: 30 years of European cooperation in education
Cooperation in education is today, more than ever, a firm reality. Every year, pupils, students and teachers from all over Europe as well as all over the world take part in European projects and contribute to keeping the ‘freedom-of-movement' concept alive. This freedom is, predominately, a freedom of mutual enrichment.
The European Commission, through its Commissioner for Education and Training Ján Figel', welcomed the success of this cooperation. "All of those who for thirty years have been working at all levels to help achieve and further this cooperation have each day demonstrated its validity and its role in deepening Community integration and in bringing the peoples of Europe closer together".For more information on European programs and trends in student mobility, read on...
Thursday, August 10, 2006
Our First Post
We'll use this site to explore a wide range of issues and share news about Trans Atlantic scholarship and activities at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
The conversation is sponsored by the Missouri European Union Center.
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