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The State of Transatlantic Relations and the European Union: Past, Present, and Future

Jointly hosted by the Embassy of Austria, Delegation of the European Union to the United States, Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation, and Foreign Policy Institute

With all its imperfections yet unprecedented economic success, the European Union stands out as the most successful peace project in the world, ever since allowing the United States and Europe to unite in their quest for freedom, peace, and prosperity.

However, in the context of current challenges to the established world order, multilateralism, the transatlantic relationship and the European Union appear to be under assault both in the U.S. and in Europe.

Panelists drew on their first-hand experience to examine and assess the present state of transatlantic relations and the European Union, and discussed future prospects against the background of the upcoming U.S. midterms, the European Parliament elections in May 2019 and a new European Commission, as well as specific challenges like migration, trade disputes, the final phase of the Brexit negotiations, and the rise of populist and anti-establishment political movements on both sides of the Atlantic.


Othmar Karas, Head of Delegation of the Austrian People’s Party and former Vice-President of the European Parliament

Robert Walker (R-PA 16), former House Republican Chief Deputy Whip

David O’Sullivan, Ambassador of the European Union to the United States

Stuart E. Eizenstat, Former U.S. Ambassador to the European Union


Daniel S. Hamilton, Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Professor at Johns Hopkins SAIS

The deliberations were followed by a reception and a special exhibition “Vienna Design – Austrian Porcelain and Jewelry Objects” presented by the Austrian Cultural Forum Washington.

This event was part of the Austrian Lecture Series, a speaker and discussion series jointly organized by the Embassy of Austria in the United States, Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies, and the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation. For more information, please visit

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