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PANEL DISCUSSION | Transatlantic Relations and the EU & EXHIBITION | Vienna Design


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

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.

1. Othmar Karas, Head of delegation of the Austrian People’s Party to and former Vice-President of the European Parliament
2. Robert Smith “Bob” Walker (R-PA 16), former House Republican Chief Deputy Whip
3. David O’Sullivan, Ambassador of the European Union in Washington, DC.
4. Stuart E. Eizenstat, Former U.S. Ambassador to the European Union

Moderator: Dan Hamilton, Austrian Marshall Plan Professor at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University

The deliberations was followed by a reception &
a special exhibition
“Vienna Design – Austrian Porcelain and Jewelry Objects”.

When: Wednesday, October 31, 2018 | 6:00 pm
Where: Embassy of Austria
3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC 20008
Ticket: Free admission, registration obligatory
Parking on International Court is available after 5:30 pm (for the duration of the event) or on 36th Street; access to the Embassy through the park behind the building.

EXHIBITION | Vienna Design – Austrian Porcelain and Jewelry Objects


Christa Karas Waldheim.jpg

At the age of only 13, Christa Karas-Waldheim started to learn the skills of a goldsmith in New York. After graduating from law school and working as a lawyer, she became a self-employed artist and received numerous awards for her artistic craftsmanship. In developing her personal style she draws from the great Viennese tradition of Art Nouveau and the Vienna Workshop (Wiener Werkstätte) style, transforming them into classically-modern design objects.

Heide Warlamis.jpg

Heide Warlamis is a sculptor, designer and manager. She studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and the University for Applied Arts Vienna. In 1981 she began with the development, production and distribution of her porcelain-design program, internationally renowned under the name “Vienna Collection”, which builds on the tradition of the Vienna Workshop (Wiener Werkstätte) of the 1920s. Her porcelain objects are being produced in small numbers, making each one virtually unique. For her work Heide received numerous prizes such as the Austrian State Prize in design.

Earlier Event: October 30
FILM SCREENING | Shadows of Shame
Later Event: November 1