The last time golf fans saw Oakland Hills the venue for the 90th PGA Championship, which starts tomorrow was during the 2004 Ryder Cup, when the Americans suffered one of the event's all-time drubbings. Captain Hal Sutton's perceived masterstroke of pairing Tiger Woods with Phil Mickelson, the game's top two players, in a virtual remake of the 1971 and 1973 Jack Nicklaus/Arnold Palmer pairing, completely backfired. The pair posted zero points from two matches, thus giving the Europeans a huge psychological edge that they rode all the way to a nine-point margin of victory. Eight members of that winning European side are back in Bloomfield Township, Mich., 20 miles north of downtown Detroit, for another try at becoming the first European since Scotland's Tommy Armour (although even he had become a American citizen by then) in 1930 to win the year's final major. No doubt each European all experienced a jolt of energy earlier in the week when they cast their eyes out over the … [Read more...] about Can a European Conquer the ‘Monster’ of Michigan?
VIENNA, Austria Big-game flops no more, Spain won the European Championship 1-0 over Germany today for its first major title in 44 years. Fernando Torres scored in the 33rd minute and the Spaniards never backed down against such a formidable opponent. Their last significant title came in the 1964 Euros at home. In beating a team that makes a habit of appearing in championship finals, the Spaniards put to rest a reputation for underachieving. Always loaded with talented players, Spain has spent four decades falling short of expectations. That all changed at these Euros, where the Spaniards swept their first-round games, eliminated World Cup champion Italy in a penalty-kicks shootout in the quarterfinals, then routed Russia 3-0 in the semifinals. Against the highly accomplished Germans, they weren't intimidated. They got the one goal they needed from a slumping striker, no less and set off chants of "ES-PANA," and "Ole, Ole Ole" at the final whistle. The entire … [Read more...] about Spain Takes European Soccer Title From Germany
VARANASI: For the first time in the city, Long Night of LiteratureS (LNL), a literary event of interaction with European authors , was organised at Alice Boner Institute to mark the European Day of Languages on Tuesday. The event was a collaborative effort of the institute and embassies of France, Hungary , Ireland and Switzerland, Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, Institute FranÃ§ais, Hungarian Cultural and Information Centre Balassi Institute and the Green Barbet Company. The evening commenced with a reading session by authors authors Judit Hidas from Hungary, Dana Grigorcea from Switzerland and Aifric Mac Aodha from Ireland followed by discussions with moderators from the city including professor BHU Banibrata Mahanta, assistant professor, BHU Kumar Surya Prakash and director Rajghat Besant School Siddhartha Menon. … [Read more...] about Varanasi: A date with European authors
Remember the Social Democratic Party's (SPD) campaign poster from the European elections in 2014? "A German will only become president of the European Commission if you elect Martin Schulz and the SPD," it read. At the time, Schulz was the party's leading candidate throughout Europe. The message, though, was addressed squarely at German voters. Nearly five years later, a German will indeed be heading the European Commission -- but without the SPD's help. Germany's center-left Social Democrats in the European Parliament refused to vote for Ursula von der Leyen, a center-right Christian Democrat who, until yesterday, was also the German defense minister. That is, if one can believe their proclamations. The vote in parliament, after all, was a secret ballot. Fortunately, the vast majority of the European electorate is quite obviously convinced that no one country should reign supreme over any other. The quality of a Commission president isn't measured by that person's land of origin, but … [Read more...] about The New European Commission President: Von Der Leyen’s Election Is a Big Moment for Europe
NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: His country and his continent last century escaped fascism and communism, but former Czech President Vaclav Klaus argues that Europe desperately needs to be liberated again — this time from the clutches of globalists and multiculturalists, and from a European Union bent on imposing open borders and crushing the principle of sovereign rights. Mr. Klaus, a longtime critic of the European Union who preached the virtues of national identity and secure borders long before the age of Brexit, told editors and reporters at The Washington Times on Tuesday that Europe needs a “fundamental, systemic” change along the lines of his own country’s Velvet Revolution nearly three decades ago. But how such a monumental change comes about, he said, remains an open question. He shot down the idea that other countries could follow the example of the United Kingdom and simply vote to leave the EU. Efforts to link up anti-establishment, euroskeptic political … [Read more...] about Vaclav Klaus seeks European revolution against EU