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The USC Center on Public Diplomacy was pleased to host Dr. Mai'a Cross for a Conversation in Public Diplomacy. Dr. Cross will be discussing the creation of a European foreign service (formally known as the European External Action Service).

The Shanghai World Expo is a great investment in education for all citizens, has achieved great success and greatly improves China's soft power, said Serge Abou, E.U. Ambassador to China, when interviewed by reporters for China News Service recently.

Ambassador Clarke said the 2010 European Film Festival will provide "a marvelous opportunity for Europe to show the vibrancy of the European film industry and to share this with Tanzanian people."

Europe and China must "invest more in the great potential of our people-to-people relations" to fully benefit from their strategic partnership, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso said this morning (6 October) at a press conference alongside Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.

APDS Blogger: Hilary Tone

Though the presence of Roma (more commonly known as “Gypsies”) is nothing new in Western Europe, French President Nicolas Sarkozy began an unprecedented immigration crackdown campaign on Roma in France this past summer.

The European Union has called France a "disgrace" and is threatening to take legal action against the country after it expelled thousands of Roma migrants...If France is found to be in breach of European law it could be fined but it would also face "a serious loss of prestige" according to sources in the commission.

In the western Balkans and the Middle East, Turkey is already an important force and an influential actor with considerable “soft power”. It is important both politically and economically in Iraq, and in working with the EU to persuade Iran to meet international concerns on its nuclear programme.