Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A touch of Europe in the middle of Washington

Earlier today, about 50 students and faculty taking part in this week's politics and media seminar offered through The Washington Center visited the Washington offices of the European Union.

This American (whose appreciation and admiration of Europe is no secret) enjoyed every moment of it.

So, too, did my friend Nancy Cade, who teaches at the University of Pikeville.

Our hosts were the senior press and media officer Kasper Zeuthen and senior communications adviser Stacy Hope. Each took us through a presentation about the EU, its history, its mission, and what the Washington office (officially called the European Union Delegation to the United States of America) does.

I'll let you sort through the Website to find an area that especially interests you, but I thought what was important for the students to learn that American citizens work at the delegation. Ms. Hope is one such person.

Recognizing that the European Union consists of 27 nations with a combined population of more than 500,000,000, its importance to the U.S. cannot be dismissed.

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