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Michael Spindelegger, foreign minister of Austria, to speak

Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009, noon Presidential Dining Room and Drawing Room, Prospect House

Michael Spindelegger, the foreign minister of Austria and acting president of the U.N. Security Council, will speak at noon Thursday, Nov. 12, in the Presidential Dining Room at Prospect House on the Princeton University campus. Seating also will be available in the adjacent Drawing Room.

Spindelegger will discuss "The EU and the U.N. Security Council: Current Challenges and Future Prospects." This is the second visit to Princeton of an Austrian foreign minister while in office. The first was by Alois Mock, who visited in 1992 at the onset of the Balkan wars.

Spindelegger has been foreign minister of Austria since December 2008. Previously, he was second speaker of the Austrian Parliament for two years, and was vice chair of the Austrian People's Party from March 2000 to October 2006. From January 2000 to January 2007, he was a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, and from January 2002 to October 2006 head of the Austrian delegation.

From December 1993 to March 1995, and since October 1996, Spindelegger has been a member of the National Council of Austria. Between October 1996 and October 2006, he was his party's speaker on Foreign Affairs, and head of the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs. From 1992 to 1993, he was a member of the Federal Council of Austria. From January 1995 to October 1996, Spindelegger was a member of the European Parliament.

The event is being sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination, the European Union Program and the Program in Contemporary European Politics and Society. For more information, contact Angella Matheney.

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