EU Express: Beyond the Headlines | April 5, 2017

Your bimonthly round-up of EU news & upcoming events

EU Leaders Pledge Unity in Rome

On March 25th, EU heads of state gathered in Rome for the 60th anniversary of the Rome Treaties. Of the historic occasion, EU Council President Donald Tusk declared, “Today in Rome we are renewing the unique alliance of free nations that was initiated 60 years ago by our great predecessors.” Tusk highlighted the millions of people across Europe demonstrating in support of the EU and said, “Our Union is a guarantee that freedom, dignity, democracy and independence are no longer only our dreams, but our everyday reality.” Read more.

The Future of Europe

In his keynote address at the Atlantic Council last Wednesday, Ambassador O’Sullivan expressed gratitude to American colleagues for “the outpouring of support for European integration,” noting several important milestones in the EU-U.S. friendship. Speaking of the Atlantic Council’s report, Europe in 2022: Alternative Futures , O’Sullivan stated, “I remain remarkably optimistic about the future of Europe and the future of the European Union.”

Article 50 — What You Need to Know

Last Wednesday the United Kingdom officially triggered Article 50, marking the beginning of a two-year exit process from the European Union. Speaking to the EU Council last Friday, President Tusk assured, “After more than forty years of being united, we owe it to each other to do everything we can to make this divorce as smooth as possible.” Read the Article 50 Q&A to learn what will happen next.

EU Ambassador David O’Sullivan Weighs in on Brexit

Ambassador O’Sullivan weighed in on Brexit and why the EU is still standing strong in three media interviews last week. In an interview with Fox Business last Tuesday he said, “You can’t leave the European Union and have the benefits that you would have had if you had remained,” noting that the EU will remain “one of the largest economies & the largest trading bloc in the world even after UK leaves.” Watch Ambassador O’Sullivan’s interview on C-SPAN and his interview on Press Conference USA.

High-level Commissioner Visits to Washington

Margrethe Vestager, EU Commissioner for Competition, and Věra Jourová, EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, visited Washington, D.C. last week. In an interview with Bloomberg, Commissioner Vestager discussed the new U.S. administration, the Apple tax case, and Brexit, among other issues. She also addressed the recent Deutsche Boerse-London Stock Exchange merger veto in a CNBC interview. Commissioner Jourová spoke on the current state of EU-U.S. data flows during her keynote address at CSIS and the future of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield in an interview with Bloomberg.

EU Delegation Hosts Schuman Challenge

Last Friday, the EU Delegation hosted the inaugural edition of the Schuman Challenge, our EU-U.S. foreign policy contest for undergraduate students. Teams from American University, Georgetown University, George Washington University, the United States Naval Academy, Johns Hopkins University, and Patrick Henry College proposed and defended strategies for transatlantic implementation of one of the five priorities of the EU’s Global Strategy. Congratulations to the American University team, who took first place for their transatlantic roadmap to address cyber threats. Read more.

EU-U.S. Historic Photo Exhibition

During the #EU60 reception at the EU Ambassador’s Residence last week, Ambassador O’Sullivan paid tribute to the Americans who sacrificed their lives for the liberation of Europe during WWII and recognized U.S. Administrations who understood the importance of a whole, free, and peaceful Europe. He presented a historical EU-U.S. photo exhibition that will be displayed at the EU Delegation through May 15. Check our events website for details in the coming weeks.

Upcoming Events

Concert: Dorothy Khadem-Missagh

April 5, 2017 | Washington, D.C. | Ambassador O’Sullivan: “A New Chapter for the EU and EU-U.S. Relations”

April 5, 2017 | Washington, D.C. | Concert & Talk: “A Drop of Midnight” with Jason Timbuktu Diakité

April 5, 2017 | Washington, D.C. |Lecture: Kurt Bednar — Paperwar between the US and Austria-Hungary, 1917–1918

April 7, 2017 | Washington, D.C. |Discussion: Transatlantic Ocean Research Cooperation

April 7, 2017 | Washington, D.C. |Concert: Dorothy Khadem-Missagh

April 11, 2017 | Boston, MA |Lecture: Chantal Mouffe — “Which Future for Democracy in a Post-political Age?”

April 18, 2017 | Boston, MA |Irish Voices: A Reading & Conversation with Irish Poet Harry Clifton

April 19, 2017 | Boston, MA |Lusophone Voices: A Reading & Conversation with Portuguese Poet Rosa Alice Branco and Translator Alexis Levitin

April 20, 2017 | Washington, D.C. |Conversations in Culture: “GET IT, MAN — Swedish Feminist Men Redefining Masculinity”


Now — June 4, 2017 | Washington, D.C. |Photo Exhibit: Where the Children Sleep

Now — December 10, 2017 | Washington, D.C. | Exhibit: Stories of Migration — Sweden Beyond the Headlines

April 6 — June 4, 2017 | Washington, D.C. | EXPORT- Spanish Architecture Abroad

April 6 — June 4, 2017 | Washington, D.C. | ALTERNATIVAS / ALTERNATIVES: The 13th Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism

April 6 — November 11, 2018 | Washington, D.C. | Artist Soldiers — Artistic Expression in the First World War

April 20 — June 16, 2017 | Washington, D.C. | Kai Wiedenhöfer: FORTY out of ONE MILLION — The Human Cost of the Syrian War

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May 13, 2017 | Washington, D.C. | EU Open House

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