In recent years it certainly has seemed that there has been an increase in awareness of domestic violence, if media coverage is anything to go by. Even if this awareness is due to a rise in the availability of information in an age of social media, it still means that more people -- particularly young people -- are educated about domestic violence and given access to resources that support those who experience it.
The stately home at the core of Scotland's Isle of Eriska was a welcoming sight, standing at the end of a narrow road flanked by beautiful flowers and a variety of well-kept trees. The stress of flying across the Atlantic and driving across Scotland began melting away even before we had parked the car.
The challenge for the European Union and its member states, particularly Germany, is in balancing the often incongruous demands of co-operation and self-interest, and thus demonstrate to their own citizens that concrete achievements can still create a Europe of solidarity and prosperity as Schuman envisaged.