9:05 AM, Feb 13, 2015 • By JERYL BIER
Vice President Biden spent about a day and a half in Belgium in early February to meet with various European leaders, but his entourage, security team and other delegation members required up to 209 rooms for up to three weeks surrounding the visit. While the estimated tab was $690,507, this cost was less than half of the cost of a pair of stays in Belgium by President Obama in 2014 which both came in at $1.5 million.
Both the president and the vice president stayed at The Hotel, a twenty-seven story hotel in downtown Brussels. The documents show that offices and conference rooms were reserved as well as the 209 lodging rooms:
While in the country, Biden's entourage and other support personnel required up to 54 vehicles (which typically includes drivers) at a total estimated cost of $372,476:
Biden was in Belgium to meet with European leaders to discuss, according to NATO, the "conflict between Russia and Ukraine; energy security; the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) and policies to promote economic growth; counterterrorism cooperation and countering violent extremism; as well as other global issues."
After leaving Belgium, the vice president travelled to Munich, Germany to attend the Munich Security Conference where he spoke on "European and global security challenges." The conflict between Russia and Ukraine and the fight against the Islamic State (ISIL) in Syria and Iraq seemed to be the dominant issues in both the Belgian and German legs of the vice president's trip.
Contracts for hotel and vehicles for the Munich visit have not yet been posted by the State Department.
A mere 0.2 percent of Europeans are Jewish. 9:01 AM, Feb 10, 2015 • By ETHAN EPSTEIN
If you ignore the cringe-worthy opening line of this article from the Pew Research Center – the Holocaust did far worse than “decimate” Europe’s Jewish population – you will find some interesting facts. In a nutshell, Europe’s Jewish population continues to decline. There are now approximately 1.4 million Jews living in Europe, compared to 9.5 million in 1939. Only 10 percent of the world’s Jews now live in Europe, and a mere 0.2 percent of Europeans are Jewish.
9:13 AM, Feb 6, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Vice President Joe Biden is in Europe today where how spoke out against Vladimir Putin's aggression toward Ukraine.
"Ukraine is fighting for its very survival right now. Russia continues to escalate the conflict by sending mercenaries and tanks and as we euphemistically say in the United States, Little Green Men, without patches in, and very sophisticated special operation soldiers," Biden said at the European Council building in Brussels.
What good have Holocaust-denial bans done? Jan 26, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 19 • By SAM SCHULMAN
France’s momentary appearance on the world stage as a champion of free expression, after the execution of the beloved Charlie Hebdo cartoonists, made for a break in her relentless culture of repression of free speech, which she shares with most of Europe.
1:08 PM, Dec 16, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
With the price of oil plunging, the ruble crashing against other currencies, and its interest rates soaring, Russia has announced to the world that it:
12:00 AM, Dec 6, 2014 • By IRWIN M. STELZER
The European Parliament has called for the dismemberment of Google, the French want “les Gafa,” as they call Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon, reined in, EU regulators are under pressure to get tough with the Americans. And the leaders of Silicon Valley’s non-tax-paying, privacy-invading, dominant tech firms, to use EU descriptives, are surprised. They shouldn’t be.
11:38 AM, Nov 20, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Europe is experiencing increased, and threatening, intrusions by Russian aircraft and:
NATO war planes have had to scramble 400 times this year in response ... a rise of 50 percent over last year, the new secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, said on Thursday.
'Nothing whatsoever about ISIL that is related to Islam.'7:14 AM, Oct 13, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Following the lead of Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, Secretary of State John Kerry Sunday began using the Arabic acronym "Daesh" at times when referring to the Islamic State (ISIL or ISIS).
2:40 PM, Oct 7, 2014 • By JEFFREY GEDMIN
"Even wallpaper has a better memory than human beings," says protagonist Oskar in Guenter Grass's acclaimed 1959 novel, later an academy award winning film, the Tin Drum.
9:16 AM, Sep 18, 2014 • By THOMAS DONNELLY
In the late 17th century, times were tough in Scotland. The Stuarts, the Scots’ royal family, had been tossed off the throne of England for a second time, and the country had been excluded from the burgeoning English system of international trade regulated by the Navigation Acts. Even the climate was more miserable than usual: these were the worst years of northern Europe’s “little ice age.”
6:15 AM, Sep 18, 2014 • By JONATHAN FOREMAN
This week’s referendum on Scottish independence may seem like an obscure, perhaps even Ruritanian quarrel to many Americans, but it has profound implications not just for the U.K. and Europe but also for the United States.