United States Government Helps Retrieve Italian Cultural Heritage

By United States Ambassador to the European Union Anthony L. Gardner

On December 2, I was in Rome and met with the Carabinieri, the national gendarmerie of Italy. I became interested in the work of a specialized art squad of the Carabinieri while reading The Medici Conspiracy. The book exposed a network of thieves and art dealers who smuggled the cultural antiquities of Europe and it highlighted the great work of the police who track them down.

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Blog Series on U.S.- EU Cooperation: Example 1 – The Fulbright-Schuman Grant Program

Featured Image: U.S. Ambassador to the European Union  meets with  Fulbright-Schuman Grantees (February 2015)

This is the first entry in a weekly blog series that will highlight some of our favorite examples of U.S.-EU cooperation. To kick things off: the Fulbright-Schuman Grant Program!

What is the Fulbright-Schuman Grant program?

Fulbright-Schuman is the flagship educational exchange program between the United States and the European. It funds graduate and post-graduate study, research, and lecture proposals in the field of U.S.-EU relations, EU policy, or EU institutions for interested American and EU citizens. The first exchanges took place a quarter of a century ago under the Transatlantic Declaration of 1990.

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Ambassador Gardner on U.S. Independence Day: “We’re Not Opting Out, We’re Opting In”

On June 30th, 2016, the United States Ambassador to the European Union, Anthony L. Gardner hosted a July 4th party at his residence in Brussels. During this event, Ambassador Gardner delivered a strong speech on the state of the U.S.-EU transatlantic Relationship to over 700 guests. The full text of Ambassador Garnder’s speech can be found below. 

Ambassador Gardner:

‎Thank you for joining this year’s July 4 celebrations. Thank you to all our generous sponsors for helping to make this event a success.

We’ve all enjoyed the Brussels summer. It reminds me of the walks I used to take with my father in the country on cloudy days. He would point to the smallest sliver of blue sky on the horizon and say: “Good weather is coming our way.” We need some of that American optimism in Brussels; we need some of that American confidence in the European Union!

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USEU Co-Hosts a Screening of the Academy Award Nominated Documentary “Winter on Fire”

By Tobias Van Assche, Information Specialist at the U.S. Mission to the EU

On Tuesday, May 24, The United States Mission to the European Union (USEU), together with the Ukrainian Permanent Representation to the European Union, and the European Parliament, hosted a screening of the Academy Award nominated documentary “Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom (2015)” about the large-scale Euromaidan protests against then-President Yanukovych in Kiev during the winter of 2013-2014. Some 200 senior diplomats, European politicians, members of the policy community, and press attended the event held in the regal Bozar theater in the center of Brussels, where two years earlier, President Obama delivered his first major foreign policy address following Russia’s occupation of Crimea (see transcript). After welcome remarks by Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Andrej Plenkovic and Ukrainian Vice-Prime Minister for European And Euro-Atlantic Integration, Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, Winter on Fire director Evgeny Afineevsky introduced his documentary with a moving speech on the strength and conviction of the protestors who stood up for their beliefs. After the screening–which received a standing ovation–Afineevsky responded to questions from the audience.

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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””