Fear and Loathing in Vienna 
Monday, September 13, 2010, 08:51 - Photo of the Day

Fountain. Vienna 2010
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Thursday, September 9, 2010, 06:44 - Photo of the Day

"Police Everywhere, Justice Nowhere." Posters. Vienna 2010
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Looking Forward and Thinking Back 
Monday, March 8, 2010, 09:40 - Photo of the Day

Spring is coming soon… I hope… Brittany 2008
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Good Fences and Good Neighbors  
Friday, March 5, 2010, 08:36 - Photo of the Day

The writing on the wall. Berlin 2007 © Damaso Reyes
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The Seeker 
Tuesday, March 2, 2010, 09:04 - Commentary, Photo of the Day
As much as we might like them to be photographs are not answers, they are questions. When I began chasing the question of how Europe is changing as the European Union expands I never expected to encounter an answer. Instead I sought to challenge my own assumptions about this place and its diverse people.

Monument. Budapest 2009

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Remembrance Day 
Sunday, February 14, 2010, 08:14 - Photo of the Day

The Tradition. Hungary 2009.
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The Works of Man 
Tuesday, February 9, 2010, 13:10 - Photo of the Day

High technology at CERN. © Damaso Reyes
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Looking Out 
Thursday, February 4, 2010, 13:08 - Photo of the Day

Watching and Waiting. Slovakia 2009
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Family Time, Europeans Style 
Thursday, November 19, 2009, 07:33 - Shooting, Project News, Photo of the Day

Family moment. Hungary 2009

To see more images of Hungary, follow the link!

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The Hand of Fate 
Tuesday, November 17, 2009, 05:32 - Photo of the Day

East bound train. Bratislava, Slovakia 2009

To see more images from Slovakia please visit the photo department.

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Gone but not Forgotten 
Tuesday, November 10, 2009, 14:30 - Commentary, Photo of the Day

Student protester. Vienna 2009

Do real leftists wear Che shirts?

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Run for the Border 
Thursday, November 5, 2009, 10:39 - Photo of the Day

A Schengen Treaty supporter.
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You say jump? I ask how high? 
Friday, August 21, 2009, 12:33 - Commentary, Photo of the Day
The class barriers that many Europeans, especially the British, face is nothing new. But just how pervasive a roadblock is class in the U.K.? Marketplace.com explores this issue in an excellent report.

What chance do I have?

“The government there is out with a new report on social mobility in the UK. It says lower-class Brits are routinely excluded from the top jobs. And professions like medicine and law are increasingly closed to all but the most affluent families.”

It is a startling report that is well worth listening to. The real question becomes what will British society do to reverse this trend? Do ordinary people see this as a problem or do they simply accept this as the way things are?

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Start me up! 
Tuesday, August 18, 2009, 11:19 - Commentary, Photo of the Day
If the course of true love never runs smoothly can we not say the same thing for great science? We learn more from The New York Times.

We’re working on it!

“After 15 years and $9 billion, and a showy “switch-on” ceremony last September, the Large Hadron Collider, the giant particle accelerator outside Geneva, has to yet collide any particles at all.”

If you ever have a chance to visit CERN I highly recommend it. When you go there you can really get a sense of the scope of what they are trying to do. We should not be surprised that they have faced some serious challenges as they try to push back the frontiers of knowledge. What should impress us far more than the massive scale of the experiments is the level of cooperation not just between European scientists but from investigators and engineers from all over the world who have come together in the spirit of scientific advancement. When things get up and running it will be just one more example of how far Europe has come in the past fifty years…

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The Few Who Remain 
Monday, August 10, 2009, 13:09 - Commentary, Photo of the Day
A lot has been said about the demise of photojournalism, a subject of particular interest to use here at The Europeans. The New York Times has a great article about the death of the great French photo agency Gamma.

Remains of the day. Vienna 2008. © Damaso Reyes

“Newspapers and magazines are cutting back sharply on picture budgets or going out of business altogether, and television stations have cut back on news coverage in favor of less-costly fare. Pictures and video snapped by amateurs on cellphones are posted to Web sites minutes after events have occurred. Photographers trying to make a living from shooting the news call it a crisis.

“In the latest sign of distress, the company that owns the photo agency Gamma sought protection from creditors on July 28 after a loss of €3 million, or $4.2 million, in the first half of the year as sales fell by nearly a third.”

Will bloggers and citizen journalists with their iPhones be able to replace professional photographers? In a word: no. It is not that these emerging practitioners do not have a role, just look at Iran. The real problem is that professionals go where tourists do not: war zones and conflict areas, places where the suffering is great and the attention is scant. Often the best and most compelling images come from months and years of work, something that cannot be easily replaced by open source journalism.

But the reality is that photojournalism is slowly dying. In another generation it will become the hobby of rich elites, since very few people will be able to making anything resembling a living at it. This is problematic because already journalism and photography suffers from a lack of diversity of voices. We don’t know what the solution is but we can certainly see the problem…

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