"Czechs to work on 'three Es' in EU presidency

Czech challenge

The Eurosceptic president preparing to take the EU helm

Czechs to work on ‘three Es’ in EU presidency

Following in the footsteps of Nicolas Sarkozy, France’s unorthodox and superenergetic president, would be a hard act for any country inheriting the European Union’s…

MAIN FOCUS: The Czech Republic takes over the EU Council presidency | 22/12/2008

The Czech Republic will take over the EU Council presidency in January 2009. With Czech president Václav Klaus a Eurosceptic will for the first time head the Union. The European press discusses what it awaits from Klaus and compares him with current president Nicolas Sarkozy.

EU’s new online library reopens

A pan-European digital cultural library which crashed just hours after its launch last month is back online.

Europeana, EU’s answer to Google Book Search is back online

Muslim Couple’s Annulment Becomes National Political Issue in France

By Edward Cody

MONS-EN-BAROEUL, France — It was a match made in heaven, and both families approved. The groom was a computer engineer, the bride a nursing student. Children of Moroccan immigrants, they had thrived in French society and seemed at home with its ways.

European Nations Discussing Accepting Guantanamo Detainees

By Peter Finn

European nations have begun intensive discussions both within and among their governments on whether to resettle detainees from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as a significant overture to the incoming Obama administration, according to senior European officials and U.S. diplomats.

Europe is about doing

In General

Us Europeans

Earlier this year I posted about Bruno van den Elshout, a young Dutch photographer and journalist who was spending a year of his own time and money travelling around all 27 EU Member States and writing about his daily experiences.  His blog made a fascinating read and his photos were great.  Recently I had the pleasure of meeting him in Paris.  Since I wrote about him last January Bruno has completed his project, having interviewed more than 2,500 Europeans while covering a distance of more than 40,000 kilometers (25 000 miles).

Crib mosques anger Italian party

Italy’s anti-immigrant Northern League protests at mosques and minarets included in nativity scenes in some churches.

Dominique Moisi: Europe’s Obama Challenge

PARIS – Will the year 2009 and the beginning of Barack Obama’s presidency mark the beginning of a new era in transatlantic relations, or will the old divisions linger, nurtured by the depth and gravity of the economic crisis? Will the crisis lead to nationalistic and selfish attitudes on both sides of the Atlantic, stymieing the long-awaited rapprochement, if not a full reconciliation?


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