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Herman and Cathy, Barry and Hil June 26, 2010

Posted by gtpspdirector in Travel Log.
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The Group at NATO

Wow. The past three weeks have been something of a whirlwind, having traveled to at least seven cities, being exposed to three languages, and watching the USA pull out a literal last minute victory over Algeria (for which I will be billing USA Soccer for the 5 years of my life I lost).

I’ve been in Paris for a week, but I’m going to focus on my site visits in Brussels to all of the EU institutions.

In short, the EU is made up of four main institutions. They are the Commission, the Council, the Parliament, and the European Court of Justice roughly analogous to our Executive Branch, Senate, House of Representatives, and Judiciary. We visited the first three along with several think tanks and other organizations including NATO and SHAPE (Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe).

Much of the conversation at these places was driven by the topic of the four people named in this post. Herman von Rumpuy is the new president of the European Council, Lady Catherine Ashton is the new High Representative for Common and Security Policy, and Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are well known to us all. (more…)