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Friday, April 18, 2014

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Austrian foreign minister to speak, April 18

Dr. Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Austria's federal minister for foreign affairs, will lecture on "Austria, the European Union and the United States," April 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall. Ferrero-Waldner is Austria's top foreign-policy official, serving during an especially challenging time. Since the far-right, anti-immigrant Freedom Party of Jorg Haider joined Austria's governing coalition, 14 European Union countries have downgraded relations with Austria, and Israel has withdrawn its ambassador. Haider has resigned as head of the Freedom Party but his party's members remain in office and relations have not improved. Ferrero-Waldner, a senior member of Austria's conservative People's Party who became foreign minister in February, has distanced herself from Haider and urged an end to the political isolation of her government. In the U.S. to work on a resolution to the problem, she will make her only public address at Princeton.

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