Spring intern Matthew Davenport discusses Kosovo and EU membership and the challenges faced from political opposition groups.
This week, the European Union faces 29 different elections: 28 European Parliamentary elections at the national level, and one European Union-wide election to elect the new president of the European Commission. The national elections, held in each individual member country, will determine the layout of the European Parliament for the next five years. The lead … Read More
There is a lot to be learned outside of the classroom! Whether you are thinking about college applications or possible career plans, a summer internship, study, or travel opportunity is worth considering, and with summer just around the corner many high school, undergraduate, and graduate students are doing just that. To help start the search … Read More
September 22, 2013 marks Election Day in Germany. Every four years, Germans head to the polls and vote on the parties that make up the Bundestag (German Parliament), and ultimately determine who will fill the role of German Chancellor. Unlike the United States, Germans will vote using a two-ballot process. On the first ballot, constituents … Read More
The Council recently welcomed the Ambassador of the Netherlands to the United States, Ambassador Renée Jones-Bos, to Pittsburgh. While the Ambassador was in town, she had a number of meetings and events to attend, many specifically related to the Distinctively Dutch Festival that was held, but she took some time to speak with Leah Dunn, … Read More
As educators, we call it “professional development,” but it is our opportunity to return to the role we most cherish: the learner. As you see in the posts from my colleagues – all teachers at Western PA high schools – they relish learning. They absorb culture, history, politics and government, geography and language. They seek … Read More
It has been nearly a week since we returned from our study tour trip to Europe. I would just like to thank the World Affairs Council and the European Union for an opportunity of a lifetime. The trip far exceeded any and all expectations. The educational highlights for me included the luncheon with Michael Ruhle, … Read More
Today’s events! What a fantastic day we had. A bit rainy in the morning, thank goodness for the metro! We went to meet with an European People’s Party (EPP) rep, which was very informative. His EU 101 presentation really helped to make everything “click” into place from yesterday’s speaker, then off to see and touch … Read More
So after the anxiety of a cancelled flight out of Pittsburgh, arrival at National airport, transferring to Dulles, and the overnight flight to Brussels I have finally arrived in Brussels. It is so wonderful to be back and I have such high hopes for a stimulating week. To me, nothing that I do back home … Read More
The teachers are enjoying their time in Vienna, and just to show that it’s not “all work and no play,” wanted to share a few pictures from their visit to the top of Stephansdom. Enjoy!