Items to use next time I teach this course:

Can the European center hold?
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/03/opinion/severgnini-can-the-european-center-hold.html?hp&rref=opinion/international

Europeans united, in hating Europe
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/02/opinion/europeans-united-in-hating-europe.html?hpw&rref=opinion

The EU need Turkey
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/21/opinion/the-eu-needs-turkey.html?hp&rref=opinion/international&_r=0

Learn Hardball, Europe
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/26/opinion/learn-hardball-europe.html?hpw&rref=opinion



Thursday, 5 December

I. Prayer/Attendance

II. Final Exam

Thursday, 12 December
9:45-11:45 a.m.

You have been asked to speak at the December meeting of the Azusa Chamber of Commerce. Your topic is "Current Issues in the European Union."

Based on the outline and articles noted within our study guide, what would be the text of your speech?
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/Final

III. In class today:

EU moves to prevent new migrant deaths
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-25215691

Dispute over immigration widens between Britain and EU
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/28/world/europe/cameron-urges-limits-on-immigrants-welfare-benefits.html?src=rechp&pagewanted=all

[Read carefully this great article by a U.S. political science professor who is currently a Fulbright scholar in Ukraine.
Here is a link to his website: http://www.npetro.net/2.html]
"How the EU pushed Ukraine East"
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/04/opinion/how-the-eu-pushed-ukraine-east.html?hp&rref=opinion&pagewanted=all

Ukrainian protesters see potent ally in Ukrainian Orthodox Church
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/05/world/europe/ukrainian-protesters-find-powerful-ally-in-orthodox-church.html?hp&_r=0&pagewanted=all



Tuesday, 3 December

I. Prayer/Attendance

II. Item that Mary-Kate brought up in last class

What is a Hedge Fund?
http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/what-is-a-hedge-fund.html
http://www.barclayhedge.com/research/educational-articles/hedge-fund-strategy-definition/what-is-a-hedge-fund.html

III. Homework for Thursday, 5 December

[Read carefully this great article by a U.S. political science professor who is currently a Fulbright scholar in Ukraine.]
"How the EU pushed Ukraine East"
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/04/opinion/how-the-eu-pushed-ukraine-east.html?hp&rref=opinion&pagewanted=all

Dispute over immigration widens between Britain and EU
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/28/world/europe/cameron-urges-limits-on-immigrants-welfare-benefits.html?src=rechp&pagewanted=all

EU moves to prevent new migrant deaths
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-25215691

IV. In class today

Britain and the "Quit Europe" Tide
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/27/opinion/britain-and-the-quit-europe-tide.html?hpw&rref=opinion&pagewanted=all

Q & A: EU-Russia battleground
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-25088613

EU-Russia rivalry looms over Vilnius summit (great map at bottom of article)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-25133721

Europe's failure on Ukraine: Three Lessons
http://euobserver.com/opinion/122226

V. Study guide for final exam

Thursday, 12 December
9:45-11:45 a.m.

The question will be something like this:

You have been asked to speak at the December meeting of the Azusa Chamber of Commerce. Your topic is "Current Issues in the European Union." Based on the following outline and articles noted within it [from our study guide], what would be the text of your speech?

Let's run over the outline and what I would expect you to comment upon.
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/Final



Tuesday, 26 November

I. Prayer/Attendance

II. Homework for our remaining class sessions

Tuesday, 3 December

Britain and the "Quit Europe" Tide
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/27/opinion/britain-and-the-quit-europe-tide.html?hpw&rref=opinion&pagewanted=all

Q & A: EU-Russia battleground
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-25088613

EU-Russia rivalry looms over Vilnius summit (great map at bottom of article)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-25133721

Europe's failure on Ukraine: Three Lessons
http://euobserver.com/opinion/122226

Thursday, 5 December

Dispute over immigration widens between Britain and EU
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/28/world/europe/cameron-urges-limits-on-immigrants-welfare-benefits.html?src=rechp&pagewanted=all

Brussels on guard over UK's Romania, Bulgaria plan
http://euobserver.com/justice/122229

Germany and France back UK migration controls
http://euobserver.com/tickers/122274

Thursday, 12 December

Final exam: 9:45-11:45 a.m.

The question will be something like this:

You have been asked to speak at the December meeting of the Azusa Chamber of Commerce. Your topic is "Current Issues in the European Union." Based on the following outline and articles noted within it [from our study guide], what would be the text of your speech?

III. Items since we last met

EU announces Iran nuclear deal (note Catherine Ashton)
http://euobserver.com/foreign/122209

9 questions about Iran's nuclear program you were too embarrassed to ask
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/11/25/9-questions-about-irans-nuclear-program-you-were-too-embarrassed-to-ask/

EU and Ukraine: What went wrong?
http://euobserver.com/foreign/122218

Merkel's quest for consensus
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/25/world/europe/merkel-seeks-consensus-but-party-talks-may-still-fall-short.html?ref=international-home&_r=0&pagewanted=all

IV. In class today

Skeptics See Euro Eroding European Unity
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/12/business/international/skeptics-see-euro-as-working-against-european-unity.html?ref=international-home&pagewanted=all

Euro zone suffers from integration fatigue
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/25/us-eurozone-integration-fatigue-idUSBRE99O0F620131025



Thursday, 21 November

I. Prayer/Attendance

II. Homework for our remaining class sessions

Tuesday, 26 November

Skeptics See Euro Eroding European Unity
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/12/business/international/skeptics-see-euro-as-working-against-european-unity.html?ref=international-home&pagewanted=all

Euro zone suffers from integration fatigue
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/25/us-eurozone-integration-fatigue-idUSBRE99O0F620131025

The EU and the UK - the single market (BBC News)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/democracylive/europe-21658420

US-EU Trade Deal: Six Reasons to Care (BBC News)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-22909209

Tuesday, 3 December

Religion articles TBA

Thursday, 5 December

Religion articles TBA

Thursday, 12 December

Final exam: 9:45-11:45 a.m.

The question will be something like this:

You have been asked to speak at the December meeting of the Azusa Chamber of Commerce. Your topic is "Current Issues in the European Union." Based on the following outline and articles noted within it [from our study guide], what would be the text of your speech?

III. Items since we last met

MEP's push to leave Strasbourg site with treaty change
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-25014911

MEPs back women quotas bill
http://euobserver.com/tickers/122178

EU-Ukraine deal may not fly
http://euobserver.com/foreign/122153

Eurozone ministers are losing patience with Greece
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-25032785

Swedish Foreign Minister: Turkey is profoundly stupid to leave observer status with EPP
http://euobserver.com/tickers/122172

Seven EU states create military drone "club"
http://euobserver.com/defence/122167

Will Europe benefit from China's grand new strategy?
http://euobserver.com/opinion/122138

IV. In class today

A. European Parliament LIVE
http://www.bbc.co.uk/democracylive/europe-24998244

B. Assigned reading for today [do these first]

Young and educated in Europe, but desperate for jobs
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/16/world/europe/youth-unemployement-in-europe.html?ref=international-home&_r=0

Ireland becomes first euro country to quit bailout program
http://euobserver.com/news/122113

Greece returns to haunt euro ministers
http://euobserver.com/news/122076

Italy and Spain close to breaking euro rules
http://euobserver.com/economic/122123

Germany challenges use of euro zone cash to repair banks
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/14/us-eu-banks-idUSBRE9AD1BV20131114

Europe's Financial Crisis--in Plain English (New York Times)
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/04/magazine/adam-davidson-european-finance.html?pagewanted=all



Tuesday, 19 November

I. Prayer/Attendance

II. Homework for next few sessions

Thursday, 21 November

Young and educated in Europe, but desperate for jobs
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/16/world/europe/youth-unemployement-in-europe.html?ref=international-home&_r=0

Ireland becomes first euro country to quit bailout program
http://euobserver.com/news/122113

Greece returns to haunt euro ministers
http://euobserver.com/news/122076

Italy and Spain close to breaking euro rules
http://euobserver.com/economic/122123

Germany challenges use of euro zone cash to repair banks
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/14/us-eu-banks-idUSBRE9AD1BV20131114

Europe's Financial Crisis--in Plain English (New York Times)
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/04/magazine/adam-davidson-european-finance.html?pagewanted=all

Tuesday, 26 November

Skeptics See Euro Eroding European Unity
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/12/business/international/skeptics-see-euro-as-working-against-european-unity.html?ref=international-home&pagewanted=all

Euro zone suffers from integration fatigue
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/25/us-eurozone-integration-fatigue-idUSBRE99O0F620131025

The EU and the UK - the single market (BBC News)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/democracylive/europe-21658420

US-EU Trade Deal: Six Reasons to Care (BBC News)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-22909209

Tuesday, 3 December

Religion articles TBA

Thursday, 5 December

Religion articles TBA

Thursday, 12 December

Final exam: 9:45-11:45 a.m.

The question will be something like this:

You have been asked to speak at the December meeting of the Azusa Chamber of Commerce. Your topic is "Current Issues in the European Union." Based on the following outline and articles noted within it [from our study guide], what would be the text of your speech?

III. Items since we last met

Gazprom warns of EU winter catastrophe
http://euobserver.com/economic/122122

Key items on European Parliament agenda this week
http://euobserver.com/agenda/122125

IV. In class today

A. European Parliament LIVE
http://www.bbc.co.uk/democracylive/europe-24998244

B. Assigned reading for today [do these first]

Turning Up the Volume on Human Rights in Europe
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/09/world/europe/09iht-letter09.html

Glossary: Eurojust
http://europa.eu/legislation_summaries/glossary/eurojust_en.htm

How does Europol work?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Europol
https://www.europol.europa.eu/

Europol and the EU
https://www.europol.europa.eu/content/page/europol-eu-121

Difference between Eurojust and Europol
http://eurojust.europa.eu/Practitioners/Eurojust-Support-JITs/JITs/Pages/roles-eurojust-europol.aspx

Difference between Europol and Intepol
https://www.europol.europa.eu/content/faq/what-difference-between-europol-and-interpol-101



Thursday, 14 November

I. Prayer/Attendance

II. Homework for next few sessions

Tuesday, 19 November

Turning Up the Volume on Human Rights in Europe
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/09/world/europe/09iht-letter09.html

Glossary: Eurojust
http://europa.eu/legislation_summaries/glossary/eurojust_en.htm

How does Europol work?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Europol
https://www.europol.europa.eu/

Europol and the EU
https://www.europol.europa.eu/content/page/europol-eu-121

Difference between Europol and Intepol
https://www.europol.europa.eu/content/faq/what-difference-between-europol-and-interpol-101

Thursday, 21 November

Skeptics See Euro Eroding European Unity
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/12/business/international/skeptics-see-euro-as-working-against-european-unity.html?ref=international-home&pagewanted=all

Euro zone suffers from integration fatigue
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/25/us-eurozone-integration-fatigue-idUSBRE99O0F620131025

Europe's Financial Crisis--in Plain English (New York Times)
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/04/magazine/adam-davidson-european-finance.html?pagewanted=all

The EU and the UK - the single market (BBC News)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/democracylive/europe-21658420

US-EU Trade Deal: Six Reasons to Care (BBC News)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-22909209

European Commission to push EU leaders on single telecoms market
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/23/net-us-eu-summit-telecoms-idUSBRE99M0H820131023

Tuesday, 26 November

US Mission to the European Union
http://useu.usmission.gov/

Delegation of the European Union to the United States
http://www.euintheus.org/

Tuesday, 3 December

Religion articles TBA

Thursday, 5 December

Religion articles TBA

III. Items since we last met

Jack Straw regrets opening door to East European migrants
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-24924219

Anti-EU parties plan strategy to woo Europe's voters
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-24924378

Ukraine faces a key decision on alignment with Europe
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/ukraine-faces-a-key-decision-on-alignment-with-europe/2013/11/12/075d36f4-470d-11e3-bf0c-cebf37c6f484_story.html

NATO builds $1Billion Headquarters as allies cut military spending
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/13/us-nato-hq-idUSBRE9AC0ST20131113

Malta can sell EU citizenship
http://euobserver.com/justice/122101

IV. In class today

MEPs approve EU border surveillance system (Eurosur/FRONTEX)
http://euobserver.com/justice/121747

The Mediterranean Sea: a migration border
http://euobserver.com/opinion/121947

Goals of Eurosur border scheme questioned
http://www.dw.de/goals-of-eurosur-border-scheme-questioned/a-17150945

V. Research paper

I don't think we will have one.

VI. Final exam study guide

Here is how it is shaping up:
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/Final



Tuesday, 12 November

I. Prayer/Attendance

II. Homework for Thursday, 14 November

How do you keep out newcomers from non-EU countries

Eurosur/FRONTEX
MEPs approve EU border surveillance system (Eurosur/FRONTEX)
http://euobserver.com/justice/121747

Eurosur/FRONTEX
http://www.frontex.europa.eu/eurosur

The Mediterranean Sea: a migration border
http://euobserver.com/opinion/121947

EU border surveillance: MEPs approve Eurosur operating rules
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-room/content/20131007IPR21624/html/EU-border-surveillance-MEPs-approve-Eurosur-operating-rules

European external border surveillance system (EUROSUR)
http://europa.eu/legislation_summaries/justice_freedom_security/free_movement_of_persons_asylum_immigration/l14579_en.htm

Goals of Eurosur border scheme questioned
http://www.dw.de/goals-of-eurosur-border-scheme-questioned/a-17150945

III. Items since we last met

German parties urge referendums on major EU decisions
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/12/us-germany-europe-referendums-idUSBRE9AB0DR20131112

Trade and Finance dominate Brussels this week
http://euobserver.com/agenda/122039

EU commission ups pressure on Germany, France
http://euobserver.com/economic/122067

Barroso rules out third term
http://euobserver.com/tickers/122070

Jordan looks set to take Saudi Security Council seat
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/08/us-un-saudi-jordan-idUSBRE9A712T20131108

Dutch hard power: choosing decline
http://www.aei.org/outlook/foreign-and-defense-policy/regional/europe/dutch-hard-power-choosing-decline/

Spying Scandal Alters U.S. Ties With Allies and Raises Talk of Policy Shift
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/12/world/spying-scandal-alters-us-ties-with-allies-and-raises-talk-of-policy-shift.html?ref=international-home

EU negotiators clinch deal on 2014 EU budget
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-24909708

France: a troubled republic
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-24910099

IV. Research: our term papers

a. Some updates to our special wiki page: POLI 471 Research
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/POLI+471+Research

b. How should we facilitate your access to copies of the articles assigned. [Coordinate with Mary-Kate]

V. In class today, Tuesday, 12 November: assigned homework articles

Note: on final exam, I will be expecting you to use information from these assigned articles.

Q & A: Schengen Agreement
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-13194723

Germany to veto Schengen enlargement (Romania and Bulgaria) [March 4, 2013)
http://euobserver.com/justice/119261

Europe turns its eyes to migration policies
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/26/world/europe/europe-turns-its-eye-to-migration-policies-amid-another-sea-rescue.html?ref=international-home

Germany shows little sympathy for Italy on migration
http://euobserver.com/justice/121910

EU leaders reject calls for action on Europe's migration problem
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/25/us-eu-migrants-idUSBRE99O0NB20131025

EU voters have not warmed to immigration
http://euobserver.com/political/121838



Thursday, 7 November

I. Prayer/Attendance

II. Homework for Tuesday, 12 November

Q & A: Schengen Agreement
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-13194723

Germany to veto Schengen enlargement (Romania and Bulgaria) [March 4, 2013)
http://euobserver.com/justice/119261

Europe turns its eyes to migration policies
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/26/world/europe/europe-turns-its-eye-to-migration-policies-amid-another-sea-rescue.html?ref=international-home

Germany shows little sympathy for Italy on migration
http://euobserver.com/justice/121910

EU leaders reject calls for action on Europe's migration problem
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/25/us-eu-migrants-idUSBRE99O0NB20131025

EU voters have not warmed to immigration
http://euobserver.com/political/121838

III. Items since we last met

Schulz named 'candidate designate' for commission post
http://euobserver.com/political/122004

NATO war games worry Moscow
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/06/us-nato-exercise-idUSBRE9A517P20131106

IV. Some other resources related to questions we had in class

1. Lisbon Treaty

Q & A: The Lisbon Treaty
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6901353.stm

Lisbon Treaty
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisbon_Treaty

2. United Nations

United Nations Fast Facts (CNN)
http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/03/world/united-nations-fast-facts/index.html

UN Security Council Fast Facts (CNN)
http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/03/world/united-nations-security-council-fast-facts/

United Nations (best overall article I could find)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations

List of specialized agencies of the United Nations
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_specialized_agencies_of_the_United_Nations

UNICEF [I'm still not clear where it fits on the UN organizational chart]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UNICEF

Relationship between the European Union and the United Nations
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Union_and_the_United_Nations

IV. In class today, Thursday, 7 November: assigned homework articles

Note: on final exam, I will be expecting you to use information from these assigned articles.

Nato chief: EU soft power is 'no power at all'
http://euobserver.com/defence/120046

Europe's Shrinking Military Spending under Scrutiny
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/23/world/europe/europes-shrinking-military-spending-under-scrutiny.html?hp&pagewanted=all

Better defence spending needed to back up EU 'principles'
http://euobserver.com/defence/120962

MEPs: EU needs defence force 'under Union command'
http://euobserver.com/defence/121312

V. Research paper

Some updates to our special wiki page: POLI 471 Research
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/POLI+471+Research



Tuesday, November 5

I. Prayer/Attendance

II. Homework for Thursday, November 7

Note: on final exam, I will be expecting you to use information from these assigned articles.

Nato chief: EU soft power is 'no power at all'
http://euobserver.com/defence/120046

Europe's Shrinking Military Spending under Scrutiny
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/23/world/europe/europes-shrinking-military-spending-under-scrutiny.html?hp&pagewanted=all

Better defence spending needed to back up EU 'principles'
http://euobserver.com/defence/120962

MEPs: EU needs defence force 'under Union command'
http://euobserver.com/defence/121312

III. In class today, Tuesday, 5 November: assigned homework articles

Glossary: NATO
http://europa.eu/legislation_summaries/glossary/nato_en.htm

Sweden: Who needs Nato, when you have the Lisbon Treaty?
http://euobserver.com/defence/119894

NATO-EU: A Strategic Partnership
http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natolive/topics_49217.htm

Nato wants EU countries to buy more drones
http://euobserver.com/defence/121506

IV. Research paper

Go to our special wiki page: POLI 471 Research
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/POLI+471+Research

Let's me walk you through what is on there. I want us to work from these sources.




Thursday, 31 October

I. Prayer/Attendance

II. Homework for Tuesday, November 5

Who is in NATO but not in EU (22 of 28 are in NATO)

Glossary: NATO
http://europa.eu/legislation_summaries/glossary/nato_en.htm

Sweden: Who needs Nato, when you have the Lisbon Treaty?
http://euobserver.com/defence/119894

NATO-EU: A Strategic Partnership
http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natolive/topics_49217.htm

Nato wants EU countries to buy more drones
http://euobserver.com/defence/121506

III. Items since our last class session

Barroso warns of xenophobia and nationalism
http://euobserver.com/tickers/121953

Chocolate factory in Ukraine a trade war victim
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/30/business/international/ukrainian-chocolates-caught-in-trade-war-between-europe-and-russia.html?hp&_r=0&pagewanted=all

Finance bosses say UK needs to stay in EU but reforms needed
http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2013/10/29/business/29reuters-britain-europe-financials.html?hp

IV. In class today, Thursday, 31 October

Q&A: EU External Action Service
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-11941411

Catherine Ashton's EU Soft Power
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-23514483

Merkel says an EU vote will not be decisive on who is next Commission President
[I initially had incorrect link to this article: fixed at 7:28 a.m. today]
http://euobserver.com/foreign/121906

The balance of power in the current European Parliament is crucial for understanding the issues at stake in the 2014 European elections
http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/2013/10/24/the-balance-of-power-in-the-current-european-parliament-is-crucial-for-understanding-the-issues-at-stake-in-the-2014-european-elections/

V. Let's play around a bit with these two websites links from the European Parliament article above.

Vote Watch Europe
http://www.votewatch.eu/

My Vote 2014 EU
http://www.myvote2014.eu/en/home

VI. Research paper--if we have time today, otherwise more on Tuesday



Tuesday, 29 October

I. Prayer/Attendance

II. Homework for Thursday, 31 October

Q&A: EU External Action Service
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-11941411

Catherine Ashton's EU Soft Power
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-23514483

The balance of power in the current European Parliament is crucial for understanding the issues at stake in the 2014 European elections
http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/2013/10/24/the-balance-of-power-in-the-current-european-parliament-is-crucial-for-understanding-the-issues-at-stake-in-the-2014-european-elections/

Merkel says an EU vote will not be decisive on who is next Commission President
[I initially had incorrect link to this article: fixed at 7:28 a.m. today]
http://euobserver.com/foreign/121906

III. Schedule for rest of semester

Go to this page on our wiki:
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/POLI+471+Content

IV. Items since our last class session

Facing vote on European subsidies, fisherman cling to way of life
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/23/business/international/as-eu-subsidies-vote-nears-fishermen-cling-to-way-of-life.html?ref=international-home&pagewanted=all

EU say distrust of US on spying may harm terror fight
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-24668286

World boxing champ Klitschko to run for Ukraine president in 2015
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/24/us-ukraine-klitschko-idUSBRE99N10U20131024

Brussels takes post-summit nap this WEEK
http://euobserver.com/agenda/121917

Risking Russia's ire, Georgia seeks closer ties with Europe
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/28/us-georgia-election-idUSBRE99R0Q920131028

V. Research paper thoughts

a. Major general sources

Religion, Ethics, and Politics in World Affairs (Santa Clara University)
Europe
http://www.scu.edu/ethics-center/world-affairs/politics/By_Countries_Regions/Europe.cfm

b. Katharina von Schnurbein
EU person for outreach to religious entities

Bureau of Europe Policy Advisers: Outreach Team
http://ec.europa.eu/bepa/activities/outreach-team/index_en.htm

Katharina von Schnurbein bio
http://ec.europa.eu/bepa/docs/cv/katharina_von_schnurbein.pdf

EU plans more help for mothers (mentions Schnurbein)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7649378.stm

Ihr Herz schlagt fur Europa
http://www.pnp.de/region_und_lokal/landkreis_regen/regen/521635_Ihr-Herz-schlaegt-fuer-Europa.html

c. General big heading outline for paper

History
Political parties based on religion (Protestant or Catholic)
Religious issues in your country
Religious issues which relate to EU

VI. In class today

Dinner with Martin Schulz
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/c76118f6-acd7-11e2-9454-00144feabdc0.html

A day in the life of Jaume Duch: European Parliament's media spokesperson
http://euobserver.com/videos/114171

A day in the life of David O'Sullivan: chief operating officer in the EU's diplomatic service, the EEAS
http://euobserver.com/videos/113279

A day in the life of Sharon Bowles: British Liberal MEP/chair of Parliament's Econ and Monetary Affairs Committee
http://euobserver.com/videos/115624

A day in the life of a Brussels correspondent: Polish broadcast journalist Dorota Bawolek
http://euobserver.com/videos/113280

A day in the life of an EU affairs consultant: Kerstin Duhme, managing director of FTI Consulting
http://euobserver.com/videos/116097



Thursday, 24 October

I. Prayer/Attendance

II. Homework for Tuesday, 29 October

Dinner with Martin Schulz
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/c76118f6-acd7-11e2-9454-00144feabdc0.html

A day in the life of Jaume Duch: European Parliament's media spokesperson
http://euobserver.com/videos/114171

A day in the life of David O'Sullivan: chief operating officer in the EU's diplomatic service, the EEAS
http://euobserver.com/videos/113279

A day in the life of Sharon Bowles: British Liberal MEP/chair of Parliament's Econ and Monetary Affairs Committee
http://euobserver.com/videos/115624

A day in the life of a Brussels correspondent: Polish broadcast journalist Dorota Bawolek
http://euobserver.com/videos/113280

A day in the life of an EU affairs consultant: Kerstin Duhme, managing director of FTI Consulting
http://euobserver.com/videos/116097

III. Items since our last class session

Russia Putting a Strong Arm on Moldova
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/23/world/europe/russia-putting-a-strong-arm-on-neighbors.html?src=twrhp&pagewanted=all

EU ministers urge Ukraine to stop bluffing on Tymoshenko
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/22/us-ukraine-tymoshenko-idUSBRE99L10O20131022

Armenia’s choice and the Eastern Partnership
http://blogs.euobserver.com/popescu/

Italy to demand action on migrant crisis at EU summit
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/22/us-italy-migrants-idUSBRE99L0JA20131022

Germany and France united in fury over U.S. spying accusations
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/24/us-eu-summit-idUSBRE99N0BJ20131024

IV. Research: which country have you settled on?

V. Research: What major general sources can we develop from the Research page?
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/POLI+471+Research

Focus first on the General Europe material from Santa Clara University.
Then on the general sources that appear on the various country pages (France, for instance).

Religion, Ethics, and Politics in World Affairs (Santa Clara University)
Europe
http://www.scu.edu/ethics-center/world-affairs/politics/By_Countries_Regions/Europe.cfm

Religion, Ethics, and Politics in World Affairs (Santa Clara University)
France
http://www.scu.edu/ethics-center/world-affairs/politics/By_Countries_Regions/France.cfm




Tuesday, 22 October

I. Prayer/Attendance

Euro/Dollar exchange rate: 1.00 Euro=1.3753 US Dollars
http://www.x-rates.com/calculator/?from=EUR&to=USD&amount=1

II. Homework for Thursday, 24 October: Research

I will explain what I mean. See below under "RESEARCH"

III. Mid-Term results
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/Mid-term

IV. Items since our last class session

EU leaders in Brussels this WEEK
http://euobserver.com/agenda/121826

US-France snooping row to spill into EU summit
http://euobserver.com/foreign/121845

Transparency ruling challenges EU states
http://euobserver.com/justice/121843

EU budget a step closer after €2.7bn deal
http://euobserver.com/news/121847

French far-right suspends candidate over chimp slur
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/18/us-france-nationalfront-idUSBRE99H09H20131018

V. In class today: note below the section entitled "How the EU works: a video guide"

Let's go through it a bit.

VI. In class today:

Video: A day in the life of the US ambassador to the EU
http://euobserver.com/videos/116604

A More Secular Europe, Divided by the Cross
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/18/world/europe/a-more-secular-europe-divided-by-the-cross.html?ref=global-home&pagewanted=all

The EU and faith: A religious policy by stealth
http://www.economist.com/blogs/erasmus/2013/07/eu-and-faith

Catherine Ashton: The High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
http://www.eeas.europa.eu/ashton/index_en.htm

Here are some items to supplement the homework:

William Kinnard (US Ambassador to the EU)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Kennard
US Mission to the European Union
http://useu.usmission.gov/

Catherine Ashton
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catherine_Ashton

A Conversation with Catherine Ashton (Wilson Center)
http://www.wilsoncenter.org/event/conversation-catherine-ashton


RESEARCH

Go to the separate wiki page I set up for our research.
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/POLI+471+Research

Religion, Ethics, and Politics in World Affairs (Santa Clara University)
Europe
http://www.scu.edu/ethics-center/world-affairs/politics/By_Countries_Regions/Europe.cfm

Religion, Ethics, and Politics in World Affairs (Santa Clara University)
France
http://www.scu.edu/ethics-center/world-affairs/politics/By_Countries_Regions/France.cfm

Religion, Ethics, and Politics in World Affairs (Santa Clara University)
Germany
http://www.scu.edu/ethics-center/world-affairs/politics/By_Countries_Regions/Germany.cfm

Religion, Ethics, and Politics in World Affairs (Santa Clara University)
United Kingdom
http://www.scu.edu/ethics-center/world-affairs/politics/By_Countries_Regions/UnitedKingdom.cfm

Religion, Ethics, and Politics in World Affairs (Santa Clara University)
Italy
http://www.scu.edu/ethics-center/world-affairs/politics/By_Countries_Regions/Italy.cfm

Religion, Ethics, and Politics in World Affairs (Santa Clara University)
Netherlands
http://www.scu.edu/ethics-center/world-affairs/politics/By_Countries_Regions/Netherlands.cfm

Religion, Ethics, and Politics in World Affairs (Santa Clara University)
Spain/Portugal
http://www.scu.edu/ethics-center/world-affairs/politics/By_Countries_Regions/Spain.cfm



How the EU works: a video guide

BBC Europe correspondent Matthew Price has been exploring the corridors of power in Brussels, and here he explains what each EU institution does.

EU Summits [European Council]

EU summits are meetings of a separate institution - the "European Council" - that is, when all the heads of government meet. It is their job to set the EU's main priorities and overall policy direction.

Their chairman is European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, who took office in 2009 and will step down in December 2014.

European Commission

There are 28 EU commissioners - one from each member state - and each one focuses on a policy area, for example justice and home affairs, or the EU internal market.

The Commission's job is to draft EU laws and act as "guardian of the treaties". It enforces EU rules, and if a member state delays enacting an agreed policy, or simply refuses to comply, then the Commission will warn them and if necessary pursue them at the EU Court of Justice. The Commission can levy fines or suspend EU funding.

New EU laws, or revisions to existing ones, come about usually after requests from governments, Euro MPs or lobby groups. There is often pressure from all three areas for the Commission to take action.

The Commission has a staff of about 33,000.

Council of Ministers [NOTE: Council of the European Union]

Usually this institution is simply called "the Council". It represents the governments of the member states; the ministers meet regularly according to their policy area.

EU laws become part of national legislation after detailed negotiations between the Council and the European Parliament. They examine draft laws from the Commission and make recommendations, so the final text is a compromise - often the result of numerous amendments.

Voting in the Council is weighted according to a country's size and economic power, so for example Germany has a bigger weight than Luxembourg. It is called qualified majority voting (QMV). Germany, France, Italy and the UK have 29 votes each, while Malta has three.

But for taxation or foreign policy issues, such as trade agreements or sanctions, unanimity is required.

European Parliament

The Lisbon Treaty, signed in 2007, gave the European Parliament more powers than it had previously.

It is the only directly elected EU institution, and the next elections will be in May 2014.

The parliament has grown because 13 countries - mostly ex-communist states in Central and Eastern Europe - have joined since 2004.

There are 766 MEPs. Germany has the most - 99, France 74, the UK and Italy 73 each, and the three smallest countries - Estonia, Luxembourg and Malta - have six each.

A majority of MEPs want the parliament to be permanently based in Brussels, to stop the expensive monthly shuttle to Strasbourg, where the full "plenary" sessions are held. But France wants to keep the Strasbourg sessions and switching to a "single seat" in Brussels would require treaty change.

MEPs now have "co-decision" powers in nearly all policy areas, meaning that they shape EU laws on an equal basis with the Council. Before the Lisbon Treaty they had little influence over agriculture, fisheries or the EU budget.

EUROPEAN EXTERNAL ACTION SERVICE (EEAS)

How Europe deals with the rest of the world

The EU's new diplomatic service was one of the key innovations under the Lisbon Treaty, intended to
give the EU "one voice"internationally.

The EEAS is led by Baroness Ashton from the UK, a Labour Party peer, who will step down in December 2014.

In 2012 the budget for the service was 489m euros (£422m; $649m), and it has a staff of 3,500 (1,500 in
HQ and 2,000 in delegations).

There is much dispute about whether the EEAS has made EU foreign policy any more coherent. A European Parliament report this year called the service top-heavy and slow to react to crises. But Catherine Ashton's office argues that the EEAS has responded efficiently to emergencies in Africa and has achieved successes elsewhere, such as the April 2013 Serbia-Kosovo deal, reached after long, gruelling talks.



Thursday, 17 October

I. Prayer/Attendance

II. Mid-term Exam results: I will get the exams back to you on Tuesday.

III. Term paper topics.

Let's begin planning for your topics. May I propose a common theme?

IV. Euro/Dollar exchange rate: 1.3649
http://www.x-rates.com/calculator/?from=EUR&to=USD&amount=1

V. Travel within the EU

Travel documents for travel within EU
http://europa.eu/youreurope/citizens/travel/entry-exit/eu-citizen/index_en.htm
http://europa.eu/youreurope/citizens/travel/
http://europa.eu/eu-life/travel-tourism/

VI. In class today: Interesting articles I have discovered since our last session

Thanks to Karla:

a. Azerbaijan-Armenia Tensions: Regional Risks, Policy Challenges
http://www.worldpoliticsreview.com/articles/12046/azerbaijan-armenia-tensions-regional-risks-policy-challenges

b. Kurdish PKK rebels 'halt Turkey pull-out'
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-24013837

Other articles:

EU leaders start looking for the next Barroso
http://euobserver.com/institutional/121767

French National Front party wins bellwether by-election
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-24514843

France's National Front tops EU election survey
http://euobserver.com/political/121724

Commission backs Albania-EU membership talks
http://euobserver.com/news/121805

Ukraine's Tymoshenko should be free in a month: daughter
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/17/us-ukraine-tymoshenko-idUSBRE99G0EG20131017

Italy and Malta say 'No' to Frontex rules in sea rescue operations
http://euobserver.com/justice/121794

MEPs call for treaty change to scrap Strasbourg seat
http://euobserver.com/institutional/121790

Nato war games come at tricky time in EU-Russia relations
http://euobserver.com/defence/121791

VII. Homework for Tuesday, 22 October

Video: A day in the life of the US ambassador to the EU
http://euobserver.com/videos/116604

A More Secular Europe, Divided by the Cross
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/18/world/europe/a-more-secular-europe-divided-by-the-cross.html?ref=global-home&pagewanted=all

The EU and faith: A religious policy by stealth
http://www.economist.com/blogs/erasmus/2013/07/eu-and-faith

Catherine Ashton: The High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
http://www.eeas.europa.eu/ashton/index_en.htm



Tuesday, 15 October

Mid-Term Exam



Thursday, 10 October

I. Prayer/Attendance

Remember: beyond 2 absences during the semester, you lose 10 points per absence.

IIa. European Union news [what items strike your fancy this morning]
http://euobserver.com/

IIb. Euro/Dollar exchange rate
http://www.x-rates.com/calculator/?from=EUR&to=USD&amount=1

III. Mid-term exam on Tuesday

Bring your blue book.

Study guide material is on this special wiki page:
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/Mid-term

IV. Interesting articles I have discovered since our last session

Migrant Boat Tragedy in Italy Complicates German Politics
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/11/world/europe/migrant-boat-tragedy-in-italy-complicates-german-politics.html?ref=global-home

Pakistani teenager, shot by Taliban, wins EU human rights prize
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/10/us-eu-prize-malala-idUSBRE99908X20131010

Wilfried Martens, Former Belgian Premier, Dies at 77
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2013/10/10/world/europe/ap-eu-belgium-obit-martens.html?hpw

V. Map study: European Union

European Union Countries (Member States)
http://europa.eu/about-eu/countries/index_en.htm

Map of the European Union members
http://www.nationsonline.org/oneworld/europe_map.htm

Special maps:

Turkey
http://www.nationsonline.org/oneworld/map/turkey-map.htm

Armenia
http://www.nationsonline.org/oneworld/map/armenia_map.htm

Azerbaijan
http://www.nationsonline.org/oneworld/map/azerbaijan-political-map.htm

Georgia
http://www.nationsonline.org/oneworld/map/georgia_map2.htm

Belarus
http://www.nationsonline.org/oneworld/belarus.htm

Moldova
http://www.nationsonline.org/oneworld/moldova.htm

Ukraine
http://www.nationsonline.org/oneworld/ukraine.htm

VI. In class today: what are the main issues in these articles

Arguments For and Against: Turkey's membership in the EU
http://www.debatingeurope.eu/focus/infobox-arguments-for-and-against-turkeys-eu-membership/#.Ugl9qG3YHxM
Plus: What articles grab your attention in the "What European political parties think" section

Ukraine’s Bumpy Road to Europe
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/02/opinion/ukraines-bumpy-road-to-europe.html?ref=global-home

Check this out: Yalta European Strategy Conference

The other Yalta conference: A global elite gathering in the Crimea
http://www.economist.com/blogs/easternapproaches/2013/09/other-yalta-conference

As Ukraine looks west to Europe, Russia's shadow looms
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/01/us-eu-ukraine-russia-insight-idUSBRE99008920131001

Envoys ask Ukraine leader to pardon jailed rival to save EU deal
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/04/us-ukraine-tymoshenko-idUSBRE9930U420131004

Check out:
President Viktor Yanukovych and Yulia Tymoshenko
http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/viktor-and-yulia-feud-holds-key-to-eu-deal-with-ukraine/487470.html

Russia halts Lithuanian dairy imports before EU summit
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/07/us-russia-lithuania-dairy-idUSBRE99604Y20131007



Tuesday, 8 October

I. Prayer/Attendance

IIa. European Union news [what items strike your fancy this morning]
http://euobserver.com/

IIb. Euro/Dollar exchange rate
http://www.x-rates.com/calculator/?from=EUR&to=USD&amount=1

III. Interesting articles I have discovered since we were last together

Migrants Die as Burning Boat Capsizes Off Italy
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/04/world/europe/scores-die-in-shipwreck-off-sicily.html?ref=global-home&pagewanted=all

Top-level discussion glum on state of EU
http://euobserver.com/political/121654

Election brings more lawmakers of minority, immigrant backgrounds to German parliament
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/election-brings-more-lawmakers-of-minority-immigrant-backgrounds-to-german-parliament/2013/10/05/aa169d7a-2ced-11e3-b141-298f46539716_story.html

German SPD opening door to coalition deal with Merkel
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/07/us-germany-coalition-idUSBRE9960ED20131007

As Germans Push Austerity, Greeks Press Nazi-Era Claims
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/06/world/europe/as-germans-push-austerity-greeks-press-back.html?hpw&pagewanted=all

French far-right pulls ahead in local election
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/07/us-france-farright-idUSBRE99609W20131007

IV. Homework

a. Thursday, 10 October

Arguments For and Against: Turkey's membership in the EU
http://www.debatingeurope.eu/focus/infobox-arguments-for-and-against-turkeys-eu-membership/#.Ugl9qG3YHxM
Plus: What articles grab your attention in the "What European political parties think" section

Russia halts Lithuanian dairy imports before EU summit
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/07/us-russia-lithuania-dairy-idUSBRE99604Y20131007

Ukraine’s Bumpy Road to Europe
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/02/opinion/ukraines-bumpy-road-to-europe.html?ref=global-home

As Ukraine looks west to Europe, Russia's shadow looms
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/01/us-eu-ukraine-russia-insight-idUSBRE99008920131001

Envoys ask Ukraine leader to pardon jailed rival to save EU deal
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/04/us-ukraine-tymoshenko-idUSBRE9930U420131004

b. Tuesday, 15 October

MID-TERM EXAM

Study-guide page
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/Mid-term

V. In class today

Enlargement and neighbourhood policy
http://europa.eu/abc/12lessons/lesson_3/

Glossary: Accession of New Member States
http://europa.eu/legislation_summaries/glossary/member_states_accession_en.htm

EU-Georgia treaty highlights enlargement fatigue
http://euobserver.com/enlargement/120789

Arguments for and against EU enlargement
http://www.debatingeurope.eu/focus/infobox-arguments-for-and-against-eu-enlargement/#.Ugk-hW3YHxO
Plus: What articles grab your attention in the "What European political parties think" section



Thursday, 3 October

I. Prayer/Attendance

IIa. European Union news [what items strike your fancy this morning]
http://euobserver.com/

IIb. Euro/Dollar exchange rate
http://www.x-rates.com/calculator/?from=EUR&to=USD&amount=1

III. Interesting article I have discovered since we were last together

Iceland dissolves EU accession team
http://euobserver.com/enlargement/121419

IV. Homework for next week

a. Tuesday, 8 October

Enlargement and neighbourhood policy
http://europa.eu/abc/12lessons/lesson_3/

Glossary: Accession of New Member States
http://europa.eu/legislation_summaries/glossary/member_states_accession_en.htm

EU-Georgia treaty highlights enlargement fatigue
http://euobserver.com/enlargement/120789

Arguments for and against EU enlargement
http://www.debatingeurope.eu/focus/infobox-arguments-for-and-against-eu-enlargement/#.Ugk-hW3YHxO
Plus: What articles grab your attention in the "What European political parties think" section

b. Thursday, 10 October

EU enlargement: the next seven
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-11283616

Croatia Joins European Union
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/02/world/europe/croatia-joins-european-union.html?hp

Arguments For and Against: Turkey's membership in the EU
http://www.debatingeurope.eu/focus/infobox-arguments-for-and-against-turkeys-eu-membership/#.Ugl9qG3YHxM
Plus: What articles grab your attention in the "What European political parties think" section

c. Tuesday, 15 October

MID-TERM EXAM

V. In class today

How the UK Adopts EU Laws
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8160808.stm

UK and the EU: Better off out or in? (BBC News)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-20448450

Analysis: UK's Cameron aims to erase EU goal of 'ever closer union'
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/05/us-eu-britain-analysis-idUSBRE97404Z20130805

Analysis: French EU-wariness complicates life for Hollande
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/19/us-eu-france-analysis-idUSBRE95I06820130619

How to Legitimize European Union: Decentralize
http://blogs.reuters.com/hugo-dixon/2013/07/22/how-to-legitimise-eu-decentralise/




Tuesday, 1 October

I. Prayer/Attendance

IIa. European Union news [what items strike your fancy this morning]
http://euobserver.com/

IIb. Euro/Dollar exchange rate
http://www.x-rates.com/calculator/?from=EUR&to=USD&amount=1

III. Interesting articles I have discovered since we were last together

On Infographics

a. Why do infographics work wonders?
http://blogs.ec.europa.eu/waltzing_matilda/why-do-infographics-work-wonders/

b. Teaching with Infographics (New York Times Learning Network)
http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/08/24/teaching-with-infographics-social-studies-history-economics/

c. Create an infographic for your classroom
http://notanotherhistoryteacher.edublogs.org/2012/08/18/create-an-infographic-for-your-classroom/

European Union Press Releases

http://europa.eu/newsroom/

European Union on Social Media

How to find EU on social networks
http://blogs.ec.europa.eu/waltzing_matilda/how-to-find-eu-on-social-networks/

Blogging Portal European Union
http://www.bloggingportal.eu/

Facebook Accounts European Union
http://europa.eu/contact/take-part/facebook/index_en.htm

Twitter European Union
http://europa.eu/contact/take-part/twitter/index_en.htm

Flickr European Union
http://europa.eu/contact/take-part/flickr/index_en.htm

YouTube European Union
http://europa.eu/contact/take-part/youtube/index_en.htm

Blogs European Union
http://europa.eu/contact/take-part/blogs/index_en.htm

European Union on Twitter

Herman Van Rompuy ‏ @euHvR
Twitter channel of the President of the European Council. Managed by the media team

José Manuel Barroso ‏ @BarrosoEU
President of the @EU_Commission. Let's build Europe together! Profile managed by my media team. Own tweets signed JMB

Martin Schulz ‏ @MartinSchulz
President of the European Parliament. Managed by President Martin Schulz' media and press team.

EU Council ‏ @EUCouncil
28 EU governments making decisions together @ European Council and Council of #EU. Learn, participate, share. Latest news

Maroš Šefčovič @MarosSefcovic
Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of inter-institutional relations and administration.

Neelie Kroes ‏ @NeelieKroesEU
I am Vice President of the @EU_Commission leading @DigitalAgendaEU and #ConnectedContinent plans. I am fighting like hell for a EU you can believe in.

Antonio Tajani ‏ @AntonioTajaniEU
Vice President of the European Commission responsible for Industry and Entrepreneurship

László Andor ‏ @LaszloAndorEU
EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion. This account is being run by my private office and press team.

Michel Barnier @MBarnierEU
Commissaire européen au Marché intérieur et Services. Ce compte est tenu par mon équipe et moi-même.

Kristalina Georgieva @KGeorgievaEU
EU Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid & Crisis Response

Tony Lockett ‏ @TonyLbxl
Working on communication for @EU_Regional. 2013 EU Fellow at @UW. Interested in #opengov #gov20 .... Views expressed here are mine.

IV. Homework for Thursday, 3 October

How the UK Adopts EU Laws
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8160808.stm

UK and the EU: Better off out or in? (BBC News)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-20448450

Analysis: UK's Cameron aims to erase EU goal of 'ever closer union'
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/05/us-eu-britain-analysis-idUSBRE97404Z20130805

Analysis: French EU-wariness complicates life for Hollande
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/19/us-eu-france-analysis-idUSBRE95I06820130619

How to Legitimize European Union: Decentralize
http://blogs.reuters.com/hugo-dixon/2013/07/22/how-to-legitimise-eu-decentralise/

V. In class today

Storm in a Dipping Bowl over Europe's Olive Oil Rule
http://rendezvous.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/20/storm-in-a-dipping-bowl-over-europes-olive-oil-rule/?hpw

Rise of British anti-EU party threatens Prime Minister's re-election
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/15/us-britain-politics-cameron-idUSBRE98E0BJ20130915

Britain's Brussels Syndrome
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/23/opinion/cohen-britains-brussels-syndrome.html?ref=global-home&_r=0

Crisis for Europe as trust hits record low
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/apr/24/trust-eu-falls-record-low

European Union's Unending Quandary
http://blogs.reuters.com/john-lloyd/2013/05/21/the-european-unions-unending-quandary/



Thursday, 26 September

I. Prayer/Attendance

IIa. European Union news [what items strike your fancy this morning]
http://euobserver.com/

Check out this one on the female EU diplomat who slugged an Israeli soldier
http://euobserver.com/foreign/121529

IIb. Euro/Dollar exchange rate
http://www.x-rates.com/calculator/?from=EUR&to=USD&amount=1

III. Interesting articles I have discovered since we were last together

a. My thanks for this one, based on a Tweet by our very own Annie Yu.
German elections explained
http://visual.ly/angela-merkel-haus-german-elections-explained

b. Germany's Short and Sweet Electoral Campaign
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/ruth-marcus-germanys-throwback-campaign/2013/09/24/14043b4e-2540-11e3-ad0d-b7c8d2a594b9_story.html

c. Beginning talks on coalition government for Germany
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/25/us-germany-coalition-idUSBRE98O0RA20130925

d. New era as Brussels tightens its grip on national budgets
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/26/us-eurozone-governance-idUSBRE98P0BS20130926

IV. Council of the European Union
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/Council+of+EU

I have reworked [mostly consolidated] the wiki page to make it easier to understand.
[Thank you, Karla, for the nudge!]

V. In class today: European Parliament

Let's work through the material on this wiki page:
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/EU+Parliament

VI. Homework for next week: Euroscepticism

a. Tuesday, 1 October

Storm in a Dipping Bowl over Europe's Olive Oil Rule
http://rendezvous.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/20/storm-in-a-dipping-bowl-over-europes-olive-oil-rule/?hpw

Rise of British anti-EU party threatens Prime Minister's re-election
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/15/us-britain-politics-cameron-idUSBRE98E0BJ20130915

Britain's Brussels Syndrome
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/23/opinion/cohen-britains-brussels-syndrome.html?ref=global-home&_r=0

Crisis for Europe as trust hits record low
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/apr/24/trust-eu-falls-record-low

European Union's Unending Quandary
http://blogs.reuters.com/john-lloyd/2013/05/21/the-european-unions-unending-quandary/

b. Thursday, 3 October

How the UK Adopts EU Laws
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8160808.stm

UK and the EU: Better off out or in? (BBC News)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-20448450

Analysis: UK's Cameron aims to erase EU goal of 'ever closer union'
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/05/us-eu-britain-analysis-idUSBRE97404Z20130805

Analysis: French EU-wariness complicates life for Hollande
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/19/us-eu-france-analysis-idUSBRE95I06820130619

How to Legitimize European Union: Decentralize
http://blogs.reuters.com/hugo-dixon/2013/07/22/how-to-legitimise-eu-decentralise/



Tuesday, 24 September

I. Prayer/Attendance

IIa. European Union news [what items strike your fancy this morning]
http://euobserver.com/

[I worked through this website completely over the weekend and will blend into our course content various of the great articles I discovered in my search.]

IIb. Euro/Dollar exchange rate
http://www.x-rates.com/calculator/?from=EUR&to=USD&amount=1

III. Interesting articles I have discovered since we were last together

a. As a result of Sunday's election:

Merkel the Great
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/24/opinion/global/cohen-merkel-the-great.html?hp

The making of Angela Merkel, a German enigma
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-24159595

Why did Germans vote for Merkel, again?
http://euobserver.com/political/121535

Merkel romps to victory but faces tough coalition choices (Reuters)
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/22/us-germany-election-idUSBRE98K06220130922

Re-election in hand, Merkel moves to form new German government
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/24/world/europe/merkel-re-elected-in-show-of-strong-support-for-party.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

b. Prior to Sunday's election:

German elections: Little change for EU [good on German political parties]
http://euobserver.com/political/121473

As German Vote Nears, No Guarantees for Merkel’s Coalition
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/20/world/europe/race-tightens-ahead-of-german-vote.html?hp&_r=0

Chancellor Merkel's Double Vision
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/20/opinion/global/chancellor-merkels-double-vision.html?ref=global-home

IV. Thoughts about the mid-term exam

V. Homework for Thursday, 26 September

European Parliament
Read through the material I have put together on this separate wiki page:
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/EU+Parliament

VI. In class today:

Council of the European Union [Consilium, Council, Council of Ministers (formerly)]

European Council: seems to me to be similar to a board of directors of a corporation.
European Commission: similar to the CEO or President
Council of the European Union: similar to the upper house of the legislature
European Parliament: similar to the lower house of the legislature

Let's turn to the material I've put on a separate wiki page:
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/Council+of+EU



Thursday, 19 September

I. Prayer/Attendance

II. European Union news [what items strike your fancy this morning]
http://euobserver.com/

III. Interesting articles I have discovered since we were last together

Glossary in general
http://europa.eu/legislation_summaries/glossary/

Glossary: Accession of New Member States
http://europa.eu/legislation_summaries/glossary/member_states_accession_en.htm

British bases on Cyprus
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akrotiri_and_Dhekelia

EU's Van Rompuy warns Britain over European exit | Reuters
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/18/us-britain-europe-rompuy-idUSBRE98H0ZP20130918

Crisis in Greece [check out picture of Barroso]
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-24124189

Barroso's succession battle has already begun
http://www.presseurop.eu/en/content/article/4101191-barroso-s-succession-battle-has-already-begun

Is Angela Merkel too boring for Germany?
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/17/opinion/is-angela-merkel-too-boring-for-germany.html?hp

Merkel balances roles
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/15/world/europe/merkel-balances-roles-in-run-for-chancellor.html?ref=global-home&pagewanted=all

Angela Merkel: Chancellor chic?
http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20130918-angela-merkel-chancellor-chic

IV. Homework for Tuesday, 24 September [I will firm this up later today or tomorrow]

Some background information:

Council of the European Union

European Council: seems to me to be similar to a board of directors of a corporation.
European Commission: similar to the CEO or President
Council of the European Union: similar to the upper house of the legislature
European Parliament: similar to the lower house of the legislature

Council of the European Union represents the governments of the individual member countries. The Presidency of the Council is shared by the member states on a rotating basis.

The Council of the EU - where national ministers discuss EU legislation - doesn't have a permanent, single-person president. Its work is led by the country holding the Council presidency, which rotates every 6 months. For example, representatives from the presidency country chair its meetings.

Also informally known as the EU Council, this is where national ministers from each EU country meet to adopt laws and coordinate policies.

The Council of the European Union can be considered the upper house of the legislature.

Lithuania chairs it from 1 July-31 December

Now, for homework, please work through ALL of the following:

Council of the European Union
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Council_of_the_European_Union

Council of the European Union (Consilium) main website [play around with the format]
http://www.consilium.europa.eu/homepage?lang=en

Consilium: Council Configurations
http://www.consilium.europa.eu/council/council-configurations?lang=en
http://www.consilium.europa.eu/policies/council-configurations?lang=en

Check out what's available on the TV newsroom
It seems like they combine both the European Council and the Council of the European Union.
http://tvnewsroom.consilium.europa.eu/

Why called the Consilium
http://www.shwebizonline.com/c/eucall/profiles/59-council-of-the-european-union.htm?Itemid=58

V. In class today: European Commission

European Commission

European Council: seems to me to be similar to a board of directors of a corporation.
European Commission: similar to the CEO or President
Council of the European Union: similar to the upper house of the legislature
European Parliament: similar to the lower house of the legislature

President of the European Commission: José Manuel Barroso
Term: January 2010 - December 2014
Appointed by: national leaders (heads of state or government of EU countries), with the approval of the European Parliament.

How many Commissioners are there?
The College counts 28 Commissioners. They are each in charge of particular policy areas and meet collectively as the College of Commissioners.

Who are the commissioners?
http://ec.europa.eu/commission_2010-2014/members/index_en.htm

Biographical sketch of President Barroso [what are the key steps in his career]
http://ec.europa.eu/commission_2010-2014/president/about/cv/index_en.htm

State of the Union video [your reactions]
http://ec.europa.eu/commission_2010-2014/president/index_en.htm

Here is the written text of the State of the Union speech
http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_SPEECH-13-684_en.htm

Role of the President of the European Commission
http://ec.europa.eu/commission_2010-2014/president/about/role/index_en.htm

"Relationship to European Council Presidency"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/President_of_the_European_Commission

The EU at the G8/G20 summit in Russia [note how it emphasizes "joint" comments]
http://ec.europa.eu/commission_2010-2014/president/g20/index_en.htm



Tuesday, 17 September

Happy Constitution Day!

Syllabus
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/POLI+471+Syllabus

I. Prayer/Attendance

II. Homework for Thursday, 19 September

Some background information:

European Commission

European Council: seems to me to be similar to a board of directors of a corporation.
European Commission: similar to the CEO or President
Council of the European Union: similar to the upper house of the legislature
European Parliament: similar to the lower house of the legislature

President of the European Commission: José Manuel Barroso
Term: January 2010 - December 2014
Appointed by: national leaders (heads of state or government of EU countries), with the approval of the European Parliament.

Now, for homework, please work through ALL of the following:

Read: biographical sketch of President Barroso
http://ec.europa.eu/commission_2010-2014/president/about/cv/index_en.htm

Watch: State of the Union video
http://ec.europa.eu/commission_2010-2014/president/index_en.htm

Read: Role of the President of the European Commission
http://ec.europa.eu/commission_2010-2014/president/about/role/index_en.htm

Read: section entitled "Relationship to European Council Presidency"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/President_of_the_European_Commission

Read: The EU at the G8/G20 summit in Russia
http://ec.europa.eu/commission_2010-2014/president/g20/index_en.htm

III. In class today

European Union news: what strikes your interest?
http://euobserver.com/

Main institutions of the European Union:

European Council: seems to me to be similar to a board of directors of a corporation.
European Commission: similar to the CEO or President of a corporation
Council of the European Union: similar to the upper house of the legislature
European Parliament: similar to the lower house of the legislature

European Council: Main website
http://www.european-council.europa.eu/the-institution?lang=en

European Council

Some background information:

The EU's broad priorities are set by the European Council, which brings together national and EU-level leaders.

The European Council sets the EU's overall political direction – but has no powers to pass laws. Led by its President – currently Herman Van Rompuy – and comprising national heads of state or government and the President of the Commission, it meets for a few days at a time at least every 6 months.

President of the European Council: Herman Van Rompuy
Term: June 2012 - November 2014
Appointed by: national leaders (heads of state or government of EU countries).

Now, for homework, please work through ALL of the following:

a. Herman van Rompuy
http://blogs.wsj.com/brussels/2013/05/10/van-rompuy-follow-my-lead/

b. EU President Herman van Rompuy and his love of haiku
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8577506.stm

c. Herman van Rompuy to leave politics after 2014
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/17/us-vanrompuy-politics-idUSBRE92G08Y20130317

d. European Council: the President's role
http://www.european-council.europa.eu/the-president/the-presidents-role?lang=en

e. European Council:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Council

Read the introductory paragraph.
Then read the material under the following headings:
"Powers and Functions"
"Composition"
"President"
"Members" [scan the list; note what position each person holds in his/her country]



Thursday, 12 September

I. Prayer/Attendance

II. European Union news
http://euobserver.com/

III. In class today--from homework assignment

a. What Happened to Europe (New York Times) [note to myself: do a close reading of this article]
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/26/opinion/global/what-happened-to-europe.html?hpw

b. The Ghosts of Europe Past (New York Times)
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/10/opinion/the-ghosts-of-europe-past.html?hpw

c. History by decade (read just the paragraphs on each decade)
http://europa.eu/about-eu/eu-history/index_en.htm

d. The Founding Fathers (read just the paragraphs on each founder)
http://europa.eu/about-eu/eu-history/founding-fathers/index_en.htm#box_1

e. 4 Key Founding Fathers (read the PDF entries for these 4 founding fathers):

Jean Monnet
http://europa.eu/about-eu/eu-history/founding-fathers/pdf/jean_monnet_en.pdf
Robert Schuman
http://europa.eu/about-eu/eu-history/founding-fathers/pdf/robert_schuman_en.pdf
Konrad Adenauer
http://europa.eu/about-eu/eu-history/founding-fathers/pdf/konrad_adenauer_en.pdf
Winston Churchill
http://europa.eu/about-eu/eu-history/founding-fathers/pdf/winston_churchill_en.pdf

IV. Homework for Tuesday, 17 September [we will start our look at the main institutions of the EU]

European Council

Some background information:

The EU's broad priorities are set by the European Council, which brings together national and EU-level leaders.

The European Council sets the EU's overall political direction – but has no powers to pass laws. Led by its President – currently Herman Van Rompuy – and comprising national heads of state or government and the President of the Commission, it meets for a few days at a time at least every 6 months.

President of the European Council: Herman Van Rompuy
Term: June 2012 - November 2014
Appointed by: national leaders (heads of state or government of EU countries).

Now, for homework, please work through ALL of the following:

a. Herman van Rompuy
http://blogs.wsj.com/brussels/2013/05/10/van-rompuy-follow-my-lead/

b. EU President Herman van Rompuy and his love of haiku
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8577506.stm

c. Herman van Rompuy to leave politics after 2014
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/17/us-vanrompuy-politics-idUSBRE92G08Y20130317

d. European Council: the President's role
http://www.european-council.europa.eu/the-president/the-presidents-role?lang=en

e. European Council:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Council

Read the introductory paragraph.
Then read the material under the following headings:
"Powers and Functions"
"Composition"
"President"
"Members" [scan the list; note what position each person holds in his/her country]

V. Upcoming schedule.

Here is how I hope to proceed for our remaining class sessions during the semester. Please give me your thoughts.

EU institutions:
European Council [for Tuesday]
Council of the European Union
European Commission
European Parliament
EU Enlargement [2 sessions]
Euroscepticism [2 sessions]
Impact of EU within a given country

Mid-term exam on the above material and that which we have covered already.

EU Topics:

Justice and Home Affairs
Information technology
Agriculture and fisheries
Foreign and Security Policy [2 sessions]
Customs
Citizenship
Single market/trade
Human Rights
Economics and monetary affairs/Eurozone [2 sessions]
EU citizenship
Transport
EU Law

Final exam on the material since the mid-term.

Term paper (10 pages) and in-class presentation.
Class participation.



Tuesday, 10 September

I. Prayer/Attendance

Syllabus is still in progress.

IIa. In class today: from homework assignment

Admiral James Stavridis: What I Read [we will go over this closely]
http://www.theatlanticwire.com/global/2012/08/natos-supreme-allied-commander-europe-james-stavridis-what-i-read/55626/

Historical background of the European Union [we will do more of this in our Thursday session]

a. Why the European Union?
http://europa.eu/abc/12lessons/lesson_1/index_en.htm

b. Ten historic steps
http://europa.eu/abc/12lessons/lesson_2/

Key dates in the history of European integration
http://europa.eu/abc/12lessons/key_dates/index_en.htm

IIb. In class today: new material [we may leave some of this for Thursday's class session]

a. Sources on the European Union:

BBC Democracy Live: Europe [keep up with this daily]
http://www.bbc.co.uk/democracylive/europe/

European Union Newsroom--home page
http://europa.eu/newsroom/index_en.htm

European Newsroom--news releases
http://europa.eu/newsroom/press-releases/index_en.htm

Presseurop (European Union): the best of the European press highlights
http://www.presseurop.eu/en/category/country/europe/european-union

EUobserver Headline News
http://euobserver.com/

b. Basic Information on the European Union

Let's start by going to the main website for the European Union.
europa.eu

Notice that you have to choose a language.

So choose English for starters.
http://europa.eu/index_en.htm

Now, let's begin to get our bearings by looking at what is contained on this European Union website
http://europa.eu/about-eu/index_en.htm

a. Countries (Member States)
http://europa.eu/about-eu/countries/index_en.htm

Map of the European Union members
http://www.nationsonline.org/oneworld/europe_map.htm

b. European Union Symbols
http://europa.eu/about-eu/basic-information/symbols/index_en.htm

~Flag
http://europa.eu/about-eu/basic-information/symbols/flag/index_en.htm

~Anthem
http://europa.eu/about-eu/basic-information/symbols/anthem/index_en.htm
Same tune as Christian hymn: "Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee"
http://www.hymnsite.com/lyrics/umh089.sht

~Europe Day: 9 May (1950)
http://europa.eu/about-eu/basic-information/symbols/europe-day/index_en.htm

c. Money and the EU [we will devote a week later in the semester to this topic]
http://europa.eu/about-eu/basic-information/money/index_en.htm

The Euro (which countries use it)
http://europa.eu/about-eu/basic-information/money/euro/index_en.htm

d. EU by topic [most of our semester will concentrate on major topics from this list]
http://europa.eu/pol/index_en.htm

III. Homework for Thursday, 12 September

The following readings will conclude our material on the History of the European Union.

a. What Happened to Europe (New York Times)
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/26/opinion/global/what-happened-to-europe.html?hpw

b. The Ghosts of Europe Past (New York Times)
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/10/opinion/the-ghosts-of-europe-past.html?hpw

c. History by decade (read just the paragraphs on each decade)
http://europa.eu/about-eu/eu-history/index_en.htm

d. The Founding Fathers (read just the paragraphs on each founder)
http://europa.eu/about-eu/eu-history/founding-fathers/index_en.htm#box_1

e. 4 Key Founding Fathers (read the PDF entries for these 4 founding fathers):

Jean Monnet
http://europa.eu/about-eu/eu-history/founding-fathers/pdf/jean_monnet_en.pdf

Robert Schuman
http://europa.eu/about-eu/eu-history/founding-fathers/pdf/robert_schuman_en.pdf

Konrad Adenauer
http://europa.eu/about-eu/eu-history/founding-fathers/pdf/konrad_adenauer_en.pdf

Winston Churchill
http://europa.eu/about-eu/eu-history/founding-fathers/pdf/winston_churchill_en.pdf





Thursday, 5 September

Homework for Tuesday, 10 September

Admiral James Stavridis: What I Read
http://www.theatlanticwire.com/global/2012/08/natos-supreme-allied-commander-europe-james-stavridis-what-i-read/55626/

The EU at a glance: Europe in 12 lessons

1. Why the European Union?
http://europa.eu/abc/12lessons/lesson_1/index_en.htm

2. Ten historic steps
http://europa.eu/abc/12lessons/lesson_2/

Key dates in the history of European integration
http://europa.eu/abc/12lessons/key_dates/index_en.htm

3. Enlargement and neighbourhood policy
http://europa.eu/abc/12lessons/lesson_3/

4. How does the EU work?
http://europa.eu/abc/12lessons/lesson_4/

How the EU works: a video guide (BBC News) [Matthew Price 29 July 2013]
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-23488006