Nanovic Fellow Kommers receives high honor from German government

Donald P. Kommers, Joseph and Elizabeth Robbie Professor of Political Science emeritus and professor of law emeritus at the University of Notre Dame, received the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany Monday (Nov. 8) at a ceremony in the office of the German...

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French Film Festival launches blog

Anthony Monta, Assistant Director for Academics at the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, has just created a blog for the French Film Festival, which the Nanovic Institute is co-sponsoring with the French Cultural Services: http://blogs.nd.edu/tournees/2010/09/21/welcome/…

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The untied states of Europe

Read commentary by Professor Sebastian Rosato, Nanovic Institute Faculty Fellow at the University of Notre Dame, who offers a decidedly pessimistic take on the EU’s future. His new book, Europe United: Power Politics and the Making of the European Community, will be published by Cornell University Press in January 2011.…...

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ND Expert: Worse times ahead for European Union

Though the recent collapse of the Greek financial system shook the European Union, that financial crisis was only a symptom of a much deeper issue, according to University of Notre Dame political scientist Sebastian Rosato, author of “Europe United: Power Politics and the Making of the European Community” (Cornell University...

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French pianist Yvonne Loriod passes

Yvonne Loriod, the French pianist whose musical exactitude and intensity inspired numerous masterpieces by her husband, the composer Olivier Messiaen, died on Monday at a retirement home in Saint-Denis, on the edge of Paris. She was 86. Read More…

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Faculty Fellow Julia Douthwaite's article honored

The editorial board of the European Romantic Review and the executive committee of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism have chosen an article by Julia Douthwaite, professor of French in Notre Dame’s Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and Nanovic Institute Faculty Fellow, as the winner of...

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Ukrainian parliament erupts in chaos

Opposition lawmakers hurled eggs and smoke bombs inside Ukraine’s parliament on Tuesday as the chamber approved an agreement allowing the Russian Navy to extend its stay in a Ukrainian port until 2042. See photos…

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Grant winner speaks out on recent Polish Tragedy

Monika Grzesiak, winner of the Nanovic’s Barrett Family Grant for Best Proposal in 2009, speaks out on the lack of respect she has witnessed on campus regarding the tragic plane crash which killed several major politicians including the Polish President and First Lady in The Observer…

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April 8 is International Roma Day

On 8 April, International Roma Day, the European Union is convening a summit in Cordoba, Spain to assess the status of Roma in Europe. Why should the EU care about the Roma?

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Inside look at the North Caucasus

The North Caucasus region is the part of Russia that slopes up towards the main ridge of the Caucasus mountains, often considered the border between Europe and Asia. Home to dozens of nationalities and languages, many of which have troubled relationships with their neighbors or with central governments in Moscow...

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Student Wins Women in French 2010 Best Essay Award

Claire Reising, a Notre Dame junior majoring in French and English, has won a 2010 Prix Du Meilleur Essai award from Women In French (WIF) for best undergraduate essay written in French by a non-native speaker. In her paper, titled “‘Cette Condition de Sans-Famille’: Le Rejet du Rôle Maternel Chez...

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2008-09 Student Grant Reports are now available

The Nanovic Institute for European Studies has released the compilation of student grant reports for the 2008-09 academic year. Hard copies are available by request or you can download the booklet in a PDF form here.…

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Praise for Nanovic Fellow Steven Semes’s new book

Nanovic Fellow Steven W. Semes, Academic Director of the Rome Studies Program and Associate Professor of Architecture, has garnered praise for his recent publication The Future of the Past: A Conservation Ethic for Architecture, Urbanism, and Historic Preservation. See the recent book review in Traditional Building…

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Dainotto wins $10,000 Nanovic book prize

The Nanovic Institute for European Studies is pleased to announce that Roberto M. Dainotto has been awarded the $10,000 Laura Shannon Prize in Contemporary European Studies for his book Europe (In Theory), published by Duke University Press (2007). The Shannon Prize is presented annually to the author of the best...

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Russia: Conditions for Meeting Pope

Patriarch Kirill I, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, would be willing to meet Pope Benedict XVI, but wants disputes with Catholics in Ukraine resolved first.

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Irish Blasphemy Law creates controversy

A new blasphemy law went into effect in Ireland with the new year, and it was greeted with a certain amount of bemusement. Uttering anything abusive about matters held sacred by any religion is now an offense punishable by a fine of some $35,000. Read More…

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Cars torched in France at New Year

PARIS (Reuters) – Youths burned 1,137 cars across France overnight as New Year’s Eve celebrations once again turned violent, the French Interior Ministry said on Friday.The Nanovic Institute presented a flash panel in November 2005 called “Roundtable: Why is France Burning?”.…

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Greeks bearing economic burdens

Greece may default on its external loans, which now exceed its GDP. This in turn could jeopardize the EU, which has a no-bailout clause. Greece admitted on Thursday (Dec 10) that swift action is needed to bring the budget deficit under control and rebuild confidence in its bond and stock...

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WMO reports to Copenhagen 2000-09 is warmest decade on record

Geneva, Switzerland – The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) released a preliminary report on Tuesday stating that the first decade of the 21st century was the warmest on record. In addition, the organization stated that 2009 will most likely finish in the top ten warmest years in the history of the...

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