International politics is not my “beat” at FOX CT, but that didn’t stop me from applying for the opportunity of a lifetime, a trip to Europe to visit with my professional counterparts and interview top brass at the European Union and NATO Headquarters. 

 

I was one of just 12 American journalists selected for the Fall 2012 program sponsored by the RIAS Berlin Kommission, an organization that fosters connections between German and American journalists.

 

With my nature as a journalist, there’s simply no way I could keep all the exciting details of this journey to myself, so I will be flooding this blog with “behind the scenes” photos from my trip.

 

Happenings in the European Union affect the United States, our region and our communities like never before.  That’s why we’re featuring this blog on ctnow.com.

 

I’m flying into Berlin on Monday, September 3rd, to begin a week in Germany before flying to the Czech Republic and then on to Brussels, Belgium, for the final week of the trip.

 

The RIAS program is guided domestically in the US by RTDNA, the Radio Television Digital News Association.  “Since 1993 the RTDNF has co-sponsored and administered exchange and production programs to give journalists the opportunity to learn directly about Germany's culture, politics and practice of journalism.”

You can learn more about the program on the website.

I encourage you to experience this journey with me through this blog. 

We’re hoping for viewer participation – ask questions about the trip, submit questions for leaders of the EU and NATO.  Any involvement from you is appreciated.


Even in this ultra-connected web 2.0 world we live in, Europe can feel like it’s a world away.  It is, but only geographically.  We are both politically and economically woven into the fabric of a global world and Germany is a superpower.  The European Union’s actions have great bearing on America, as does the North Atlantic Treaty Organization of which the United States is a member.


The future of the European currency, the Euro, will affect the dollar, in addition to virtually every other world currency.  In the business world, there are plenty of connections between Connecticut and Europe.


According the UCONN’s German Studies Program, "The central bank for the European Union is located in Frankfurt. Germany is the US's most important European trading partner. There are over 1,300 American firms with branches in German-speaking countries, and there are over 1,100 German firms with branches in the US. In fact, in Connecticut alone there are over 100."

So follow along with me on this journey, pass me your questions along the way with comments and tweets and I'll see you in Germany.