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The Other Dream Team; Lithuania Shoots Hoops (10/18)   Print E-mail

By Erik Peterson, European Affairs Editorial Assistant

A heart-warming documentary film, “The Other Dream Team,” on the unlikely basketball prowess of tiny Lithuania is showing in commercial theaters around the country and memorializes the 1992 Lithuanian Olympic team that got into a semi-final game against the mighty United States, playing with Michael Jordan and other superstars. Lithuanian’s “other” dream team gives new meaning to “punching above your weight."


Eleven European Foreign Affairs Ministers Dare Articulate Their Bold Vision of the Future of Europe (10/4)   Print E-mail

By Jacqueline Grapin, Founder and Chairman of The European Institute

A highly significant report issued last month by a distinguished group of European Foreign Ministers is a bold rejoinder to those prophets of doom who predict the end of the euro and question even the viability of the European Union itself. Who said that Jean Monnet, one of the Fathers of the European Union, was wrong when he thought that trade liberalization in Europe would lead to economic and later to political union?


European Union May Propose Law to Require More Women on Company Boards (10/2)   Print E-mail

European Union Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding is proposing draft legislation that would require state owned companies to name women to 40 percent of seats on boards by 2018. According to the European Commission women hold only14 percent of board member positions and 3 percent of board president positions in Europe’s biggest companies, despite the fact that around 60% of all European university graduates are female.  “I do not accept the argument that there aren’t enough qualified women to fill supervisory boards,” Reding said. “The pool of talent is there. Companies should make use of it.”


Monti Warns Against Backtracking on Bailout Deal (9/27)   Print E-mail

By Michael Mosettig

Italy's prime minister has fired a warning shot across the bow of three hard-line EU governments that seemed to be backtracking on a  June deal to help Spain and Ireland get their banking crises under control.

Appearing at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, this morning,  Prime Minister Mario Monti was asked about the Tuesday statement from the finance ministers of Germany, the Netherlands and Finland that said money from the newly-created European Stability Mechanism would not cover "legacy" debt that governments incurred before this year to bail out banks. read more...

EU Promises 700 Million Euros to Egypt (9/26)   Print E-mail

By Erik Peterson, “European Affairs" Editorial Assistant

Undeterred by its economic crisis, the European Union has stepped forward with a sizeable aid package for Egypt, the key nascent democracy emerging from the Arab Awakening. read more...


Polling Results From German Marshall Fund and Chicago Council on Global Affairs (9/12)   Print E-mail

By Michael D. Mosettig

It's polling season again and not just in the last two months of the  U.S. Presidential elections. Two think tanks known for their comprehensive  surveys published  new studies of public opinion  this week, one barely  mentioning Europe and the other showing more parallel trans-Atlantic  attitudes than the daily headlines might suggest. read more...


European Union Opens Anti-dumping Investigation on Chinese Solar Panels (9/12)   Print E-mail

By Erik Peterson, “European Affairs” Editorial Assistant

The European Union announced last week it was opening an anti-dumping investigation into Chinese solar panel companies, perhaps following the lead of the U.S. which has already taken preliminary action.

The complaint was submitted to the European Commission on July 25th by EU ProSun, an industry association that represents the majority of EU solar companies, including German firm SolarWorld. The complaint outlined in the European Commission memo alleges that solar products imported from China are entering the European market with prices below market value, giving the Chinese companies an unfair advantage. read more...


German Constitutional Court and the European Bailout Fund (9/12)   Print E-mail
By Michael D. Mosettig

UPDATE—This morning the German federal Constitutional court upheld German participation in the European bailout fund. But it did impose the condition that any more money for the 500 billion euro fund will require approval of the German parliament.

At 10 am Wednesday morning in Germany, a panel of eight judges will  issue a ruling on whether the permanent European bailout fund passes constitutional muster in that country.

The case has brought unprecedented international attention to the federal constitutional court (Bundesverfassungsgericht) that sits in  Karlsruhe, hundreds of miles southwest of Germany's political and economic  centers of Berlin, Munich and Hamburg.


Euro Crisis Comes Back - After Relative Quiet Period (8/21)   Print E-mail
By European Affairs

Although it is still August, klieg lights are back up on European debt/euro crisis after a couple of weeks of welcome summer (relative) quiet.  

This week, French President Francois Holland and German Chancellor Angela Merkel meet in Berlin on Thursday Aug. 23 to wrestle once again with the debt crisis that threatens European and global economic stability.  Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras , whose country hangs by its fingernails to the euro, travels to Berlin the next day, Aug. 24, before going on to Paris on August 25.


Minimizing the Implications of Britain's Defense Cuts (7/24) 07/24/12   Print E-mail

By Michael Mosettig, Former Foreign Editor, PBS News Hour

It was a tough sell to a worried and skeptical audience, but British Defense Secretary Philip Hammond insisted that his country's military, going through a severe round of budget cuts, will remain "advanced enough to operate alongside the United States anywhere in the world." read more...


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