From plague columns to Global Health Security

By Dr. Karen Sliter, Regional Manager for Europe, Africa and the Middle East, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services’ International Services, and U.S. Mission to the European Union, Brussels, Belgium One needs look no further than the plague columns scattered throughout European city squares to realize the impact infectious disease has had on the trajectory of human history.  Prior to the discovery of the … Continue reading From plague columns to Global Health Security

The U.S. Elections, with a twist: Whiskey, Bagels, and “House of Cards”

By Tobias Van Assche, Information Specialist at the United States Mission to the European Union.

Every four years, U.S. diplomatic personnel around the globe delve into their high school American Civics 101 textbooks and start honing up for the unavoidable questions on the U.S. elections process. What is a Superdelegate? Why the Electoral College? What is the difference between a Caucus and a Primary? This election year, European interest in the U.S. Presidential Elections seems stronger than ever, and the United States Mission to the European Union (USEU) is supporting a number of activities throughout the year to engage EU officials and publics on the process, through expert speakers, exchange programs, and dissemination of information via social media. Continue reading “The U.S. Elections, with a twist: Whiskey, Bagels, and “House of Cards””

EP Delegation Receives a Hands On Introduction to the U.S. Electoral System

By Dion Wierts, Cultural Affairs Assistant at the United States Mission to the European Union

What better time for a group of Members of the European Parliament and the EU40 network to travel to the U.S. then when the primary debates are all over the media. In fact, the first three states that hold their primaries generally get as much media attention as all the other states together. By July, both political camps will have identified their respective candidate who will run for President on November 8. During the past couple months, there has been a significant ramp up of political campaigning, presidential candidate debates, media coverage, and voter registration drives.  Continue reading “EP Delegation Receives a Hands On Introduction to the U.S. Electoral System”

Off to a Fast and Exciting Start

I arrived in Brussels to assume my duties just in time: I presented my credentials to Council President Van Rompuy and European Commission President Barroso one week before President Barack Obama came to town. The excitement in the Mission and among our EU partners and contacts in Brussels was palpable. The President was paying his first visit to Belgium. I had attended three prior U.S.-EU Summits, … Continue reading Off to a Fast and Exciting Start