Why They’re Protesting in Spain

If 2011 has shown us anything so far, it is that there is truly power in numbers – specifically, when masses of young people, organized through social media, come together peacefully to call for change. In Tunisia and Egypt they toppled dictators, and as the Arab Spring spreads throughout the Middle East, the region is … Read More

Europe Day

“World peace cannot be safeguarded without the making of creative efforts proportionate to the dangers which threaten it. The contribution which an organized and living Europe can bring to civilization is indispensable to the maintenance of peaceful relations.” These are the words that the foreign minister of France, Robert Shuman, spoke on May 9, 1950. … Read More

European Union Lesson Plans

 The European Union Delegation to the United States has announced a new series of free online lesson plans about the EU designed by educators to support History and Social Sciences curricula in the United States. These lesson plans are designed primarily for students in grades 9-12. Each lesson is accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation and … Read More

>Germany at Odds: Munich v. Berlin

> Germany is a country at odds with itself.  I mean this in a couple of different ways, the first of which is the contrast, and even tension, between the two national powerhouses, Munich and Berlin.  But I also found that this sentiment applies on a deeper level that I will come back to later.  … Read More

>Switzerland: Neutral to the Max

>Ahh, Switzerland. What is there to say about the gorgeous Alpine country bordered entirely by the European Union?  With its classically neutral status and no recent major political controversies, what is there to discuss?  The neutrality itself, I suppose, and how this very aspect, along with their famed standards of efficiency define this place.  What … Read More

>Viva Italia!

> A few years ago I read a somewhat fictional biography of Michelangelo Buonoratti entitled, The Agony and the Ecstasy.  The author may have taken a few liberties, but the book enthralled me, detailing the artist’s struggles with the politics of popes, benefactors and other artists as well as his artistic processes and inspirations concerning … Read More

>The Greek Philosophy

> The word ‘Philosophy’ comes from the Greek ‘philo sophia’ meaning ‘love of wisdom’. Athens is named for the goddess of wisdom, Athena, and she does indeed have all the characteristics of a wise woman.  She is certainly beautiful.  From a vista, the landscape, dotted with white buildings seems to sparkle under a vigilant sun.  I … Read More

>EuroChallenge Competition

> When Nigel Nagarajan (the Head of Economic and Financial Affairs at the Delegation of the European Commission to the United States of America) visited Pittsburgh recently, he talked a bit about the Euro Challenge competition for high school students. In the “About” section of the Euro Challenge website, the competition is described as: “…an … Read More