Election night festivities planned across Europe
Stars and Stripes November 3, 2008
It would take more than a few time zones to keep the diehard politicos from following U.S. election results overseas.
Democrats Abroad and Republicans Abroad are sponsoring election night activities in several major cities around the world. The Web sites only give scant details, and several of the activities require RSVP e-mails for specific event locations and other information.
Most parties begin around midnight or 1 a.m. and last well into the morning of Nov. 5. Several, if not all, of these events have cover charges ranging from 5 to 10 euros. Many of the venues will feature live feeds from U.S. networks, as well as international coverage from CNN, BBC and other news outlets.
Paris: One of the bigger election night events in Europe is at the Cinéaqua Theater in Paris, jointly sponsored by Democrats Abroad and Republicans abroad. Tickets go for 80 euros at the door. The party starts at 10 p.m. and goes until 6 a.m.
Other events listed on the Democrats Abroad Web site:http://www.democratsabroad.org/events
Berlin: Babylon Theater 11:30 p.m. until sunrise Nov. 5
Rome: Termini Train Station, 1.a.m. to 10 a.m. Nov. 5. This is a Democrats Abroad sponsored event, but other events are also being held in the city. For details on those, visit http://www.democratsabroad.org/node/7187
United Kingdom: Lots of events mostly around London (including a party at the London School of Economics) but also in Edinburgh, Scotland, and Belfast, Ireland. For a partial line-up of London events go to http://www.democratsabroad.org/node/6632#attachments
Meanwhile, Republicans Abroad lists election night events on its Web site http://www.republicansabroad.de/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=23&Itemid=36
Events listed under the Germany chapter include:
Berlin: Wahlkreis Cafe, Kneipe, Reinhardtstr. 37 "November Surprise Election Party"
Kaiserslautern: Atlantische Akademie Rheinland-Pfalz "America Votes – Lets Party" Includes discussions with members of Democrats Abroad and Republicans Abroad.
Stuttgart: The DAZ in Charlottenplatz, starting at 11 p.m., with a screening of "The Candidate," followed by live CNN coverage, music.