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Waiting for Karlsruhe

The German Constitutional Court is expected next week to issue its judgment on whether the proposed European Stability Mechanism (ESM) is congruent with Germany's Basic Law. A "no" would be clear but cause widespread consternation. Even a "maybe" or "partially" will considerably lengthen the process of jointly addressing Europe's (massive)...

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History Ph.D. Student Awarded Fulbright to Switzerland

Adam Asher Duker, a graduate student in the University of Notre Dame’s Department of History, has been awarded a 2012 Fulbright to Switzerland, along with a Bourse de la Confédération Suisse. He also received a 2011-12 graduate travel and research grant from the Nanovic Institute for his project “Jerusalem Besieged:...

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Schäuble and European Integration

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble was quite candid recently in Spiegel Online  about the nature of European politics: If we had always said we would only take steps toward integration if they would immediately work 100 percent, we would never have advanced by so much as a meter. That's why...

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In memoriam: Sabine MacCormack, Hesburgh Professor of Arts and Letters

Sabine MacCormack, Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., Professor of Arts and Letters at the University of Notre Dame, died Saturday (June 16) after suffering a heart attack while gardening at her home in South Bend. She was 71. A native of Frankfurt, Germany, MacCormack was educated there and in England,...

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Nanovic to Fulbright

Congratulations to Mark Kettler (’12) and Michael Fedynsky (’12), two graduating seniors this year who have been received Research and Study Grants from the Fulbright Scholarship Board. Both young men have been Nanovic Scholars recently, each receiving grants to study and conduct research in Europe. Mark Kettler won the Institute’s...

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Universities and the Great Game

At the reception and dinner following his lecture, Lord Patten of Barnes made some gracious remarks about the character of our university and its financial health. About the former, he referred to Notre Dame as another great university, a university which has, despite some of the pressures of the modern...

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From Cyprus to Italy

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is not pleased with Cyprus governance: Merkel told a closed-door meeting of legislators in Berlin today that she’s annoyed the Cypriot government hasn’t been in touch with the so-called troika of international creditors for days, according to a party official who spoke on condition of anonymity...

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Michelangelo Frammartino

Every semester the Nanovic Institute organizes a European film series which galvanizes what has come to be a sizable audience. Last semester, the series was guest curated by film producer Leslee Udwin (a friend of the Institute) and focused on Europe, Beyond Borders…

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Faith and Migration in Europe

The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life has just published a report on the religious affiliation of international migrants.  Pew's research shows that there are vastly more Christian immigrants in Europe than Muslims (26 million, or 56% of the foreign-born population, versus 13 million). However, if one excludes internal...

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Steinbichler at Notre Dame

Hans Steinbichler just spent a few days with us to discuss his work and present his new film, DAS BLAUE VON HIMMEL (“Promising the Moon”). We are still getting excited emails from faculty and students who met him and were inspired by his film and his combination of passion and...

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Michelangelo Frammartino

Every semester the Nanovic Institute organizes a European film series which galvanizes what has come to be a sizable audience. Last semester, the series was guest curated by film producer Leslee Udwin (a friend of the Institute) and focused on Europe, Beyond Borders…

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Lars von Trier at Notre Dame

Civilization as veneer, scientistic faith as naivete, nihilistic venom, and a future which doesn't have much to say -- this is the extent of what von Trier deems sufficiently important to capture in his rendering of the ultimate fate of human life. Given the scale of his visual imagination, the...

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Notre Dame alumnus ordained to the episcopate by Pope Benedict XVI

The Nanovic Institute for European Studies offers its congratulations to Charles Brown, a Notre Dame alumnus, who was ordained to the episcopate by Pope Benedict XVI in Rome on Epiphany earlier this month. He was elevated to the rank of archbishop and given the titular see of Aquileia in northeastern...

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Engineering professor to help review U.S. national nanotechnology efforts

University of Notre Dame professor and Nanovic Institute Faculty Fellow Wolfgang Porod has been invited to serve on the committee conducting a comprehensive strategic review of the U.S. government’s National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI). The NNI encompasses the nanotechnology-related activities of 25 Federal agencies and coordinates a portfolio of basic and...

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Alumna Update: What can you do with a Minor in European Studies?

I took a minor in European studies and also received a Nanovic grant to study in Lyon, France during my senior year. I am now just completing my Master’s dissertation in Modern French Studies at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England. I split my year between the campus in...

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