Category Archives: European Overview

30 Places to See in Europe

Of the 30 places the UK Telegraph says one must visit in Europe, I have seen 17: Charles Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic; Gaudi’s Barcelona; Sistene Chapel, Italy; Acropolis, Greece; Aya Sofia, Istanbul; Blue Mosque, Istanbul; Sainte Chapelle, Paris; Red Square, … Continue reading

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West’s Rebellions May Spark Instability and Endanger Democracies

The rise of Donald Trump in the US, the Brexit vote in the UK,  and increasing anti-EU sentiment in Europe might be explained by the following: The political base of the world’s most reactionary forces appear to be blue-collar workers, … Continue reading

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Pope Francis Urges European Integration

For his work on behalf of European unification, Pope Francis has received the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen, the German city where Charlemagne died and is buried. Charlemagne was king of the Franks who became Holy Roman Emperor in the ninth century. … Continue reading

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5 Things Europe Could Learn From America

Rick Noack, a native of Germany, in The Washington Post offers five things Europeans could learn from America. But he doesn’t seem to fully realize that Europe’s weaknesses are also its strengths. Be more optimistic and more creative. Perhaps Europeans are less … Continue reading

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Outline of European History, Over-Simplified

The traditional division is into eras: Ancient (Paleolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic eras; Bronze Age, Iron Age); Classical (Greece and Rome), Medieval (Post-Roman Antiquity; Carolingian Era [Charlemagne]; Post-Carolingian Era [Viking and other European invasions — Anglo-Saxons; Normans; High Middle Ages; Late Middle Ages;  … Continue reading

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American History from European Perspective Offers New Insights

Studying European history, an American can gather new insights into American history. A few insights I have gathered so far: Without the ability to deport or encourage hundreds of thousands of dissidents, malcontents, criminals, rugged individualists, and religious fanatics to … Continue reading

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Most Europeans Support European Union, But What About the British?

The share of Europeans holding a positive view of the European Union has increased to 61 percent, after a couple of years when it dipped close to 50 percent, a Pew Research Project found in spring 2015. About 38 percent of … Continue reading

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