Ambassador McKean Welcome Reception

vic9478-500 Last night, Ambassador David McKean and his wife Kathleen Kaye hosted a Welcome Reception at their residence. Dignitaries from the political, economic/business and cultural sectors had been invited. About a hundred guests enjoyed a wonderful evening. In his remarks, Ambassador McKean stressed how much he and his wife Kathleen have enjoyed Luxembourg so far: ” … We are delighted to be here. Both Kathleen and I are very interested in the history of World War II and we are looking forward to visiting Luxembourg’s museums and memorials. We also enjoy outdoor activities. We have already visited a castle in the valley of the seven castles, hiked along the Moselle River, and last week we bought bicycles from Luxembourg’s resident Tour de France winner and ambassador to the world, Andy Schleck. I know I am going to need a lot of exercise because I can’t walk by one of Luxembourg’s patisseries without stopping to admire the pain raisins and les éclairs au chocolate…….. or as I call them: breakfast and lunch. ” On a mvic9491-500ore political note, the Ambassador talked about the challenges Europe is currently facing and referred to President Obama’s remarks a few weeks ago in Germany: ““Perhaps you need an outsider , somebody who is not European, to remind you of the magnitude of what you have achieved…..your accomplishment – more than 500 million people speaking 24 languages in 28 countries, 19 with a common curren
cy, in one European union – remains one of the greatest political and economic achievements of modern times.”