Joao Vale de Almeida

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— With news coverage focusing on the ongoing euro crisis, demonstrators protesting austerity in the streets of European capitals and commentators predicting the breakup of our union, the European Union may not have seemed to most Americans the obvious choice for the Nobel Peace Prize.

And yet the Nobel Committee recently announced the EU would receive the award for having "contributed to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe," reminding us "what can happen if disintegration starts and if we let extremism and nationalism start growing again in Europe."

I was in Manchester, N.H., when I got word.…  Seguir leyendo »

I have been the European Union's ambassador and head of the E.U. Delegation to the United States for not quite two months -- not long enough to be completely settled in, but long enough to hear the refrains about European failure on several occasions.

Against the backdrop of some E.U. member states' fiscal difficulties, commentators have been quick to lump together a series of ailments -- rising nationalism, deficits, high unemployment, a declining euro -- and declare that the European Union is dying, if not already dead.

There is no glossing over the financial crisis and the severe impact it has had on many European countries, as well as the United States.…  Seguir leyendo »