Holocaust Remembrance Project

A January 25, 2019 report rates individual European Union (EU) countries on how honest they are in facing up their Holocaust pasts. The report gives each country a rating of green, yellow or red. For example, Hungary, Poland and Croatia received red cards for revisionism. It is no coincidence that countries rated red often have […]

Thirty Writers: ‘Fight for the idea of Europe or see it perish’

Thirty prominent writers, led by Bernard-Henri Lévy, signed and published in the French newspaper Libération, a pro-European manifesto warning that “Europe is in peril” from “the populist forces washing over the continent.” The collective urge readers “to carry once more the torch of a Europe that, despite its mistakes, its lapses, and its occasional acts of cowardice, remains […]

Roger Cohen: “Why I Am a European Patriot”

Roger Cohen writing in The New York Times: I am a European patriot because I have lived in Germany and seen how the idea of Europe provided salvation to postwar Germans; because I have lived in Italy and seen how the European Union anchored the country in the West when the communist temptation was strong; […]

Far Right Parties in Germany and France Immediately Critical of New Treaty

The Guardian reports that far right parties in Germany and France are already criticizing the Treaty of Aachen: Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s National Rally party, accused Macron of “an act that borders on treason”, while Alexander Gauland, of Germany’s Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) said Paris and Berlin were trying to create a […]

Germany and France Sign New Treaty to Bolster EU

DW reports that Germany and France have signed a new bilateral pact called the Treaty of Aachen pledging deeper cooperation between the two nations and paving the way for EU reforms. Aachen is the westernmost city in Germany. The new treaty was signed on the 56th anniversary of the Élysée Treaty, which at the time established […]

Podcast Review: “Travel with Rick Steves”

Travel with Rick Steves is a weekly one hour podcast with guest experts and callers about travel, cultures and people. This, in my opinion, is the best travel podcast. Steves is well-traveled, bright, articulate, positive and most of all curious to learn about the world and the people who inhabit it. Although Steves’s guidebooks and […]