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Building bridges between cultures through travel

By Dion Wierts, Public Affairs Section, U.S. Mission to the EU What better way to broaden your horizon and  understand other people than to strap on your boots, leave your comfort zone, and interact with foreign cultures in places you have never been to or even heard of. The U.S. Department of State understands the importance of being exposed to other cultures and using its … Continue reading Building bridges between cultures through travel

World Refugee Day: Turning Tragedy into Opportunity

By Oriana Luquetta, Pickering Fellow at the Department of Public Affairs at the United States Mission to the European Union

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Every day, the world is confronted with gut wrenching images of refugees trying to make it to Europe by crossing the Mediterranean in makeshift boats and rafts. In the first half of 2016 alone, more than 2,500 refugees have been reported dead or missing trying to make the perilous journey.[1] Others remain in refugee camps in countries such as Turkey, Jordan, and Lebanon. The UN estimates that currently some 65.3 million people worldwide are forcibly displaced, of whom 21.3 million are considered refugees [2]. Over half of all refugees come from just three war torn countries: Syria, Somalia and Afghanistan. Refugees worldwide share important characteristics – they all have been seperated from homes, families, and communities. They all have experienced loss and face uncertain futures. And they all look to the rest of the world, for support, for hope.

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Why I’m Passionate about Standards……and you should be too!

By Marianne Drain, Commercial Officer, Foreign Commercial Service at the U.S. Mission to the European Union There’s a look I get when I tell people I work on Standards. Eyes glaze. Subjects change. People suddenly need to use the restroom. Upon entering the EU, an immigration official, after asking a routine question on work, once told a Standards colleague, “wow – that sounds really boring!” So, … Continue reading Why I’m Passionate about Standards……and you should be too!

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””

U.S. Mission to the EU hosts a “Women in Tech” roundtable as part of the U.S. Commercial Service’s pan-European series of events honoring International Women’s Day

By Pamela Ward, Deputy Senior Commercial Officer, United States Commercial Service Europe

In honor of International Women’s Day, the U.S. Commercial Service, a part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, is organizing a series of “Women in Tech” events across Europe. In twenty-seven locations, women leaders and emerging entrepreneurs in the digital and technology sectors will gather to discuss the challenges they have faced, how they have overcome them, and how they and policy-makers can encourage current and future generations of women in the sector. They will share best practices on topics ranging from encouraging girls to participate in STEM activities to how to recruit, retain and promote women in order to ensure that the digital economy is fully engaging over half of the world’s work force. In each location, the events will feature a virtual welcoming address by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny PritzkerContinue reading “U.S. Mission to the EU hosts a “Women in Tech” roundtable as part of the U.S. Commercial Service’s pan-European series of events honoring International Women’s Day”