You could not find a better time to visit the European Commission. The crisis in the Ukraine being front and center of their attention — the signing of the “association” agreement happening a little over a week from this post.
We are coming to the end of our two-week adventure, we 13 U.S. journalists – brought to Europe (Berlin, Dresden, Prague and now Brussels) to bridge understanding between the Federal Republic of Germany and the United States. It is a fascinating and important group (you can read more about it here) – that sprang out of the American sector of the West Section during the time of the Wall.
Having the opportunity to learn about Germany, it’s place in the EU – and the issues of great concern to them like trade agreements with the United States – and the crisis in the Ukraine has been so very enlightening.
I have always regarded travel as a chance to learn about myself by seeing the reflection of who I am through the eyes of strangers. So, for me this has been a time of self-awareness. And, also a time to see what it means to be an American at this particular moment of history.
I’m not going to bore you with a power point presentation of what the European Union is all about