25 Year ASP Keynote Lecture

A Stronger Venus? A Moderate Mars? Europe's Future Role in Transatlantic Relations.

Dr. Eva Lichtenberger
Member of the European Parliament

When: Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009, 2:30 pm
Where: Library Room 407

Eva Lichtenberger (right) and Günter Bischof

Eva Lichtenberger (right) and Günter Bischof

Now, you're thinking of Europe as Germany and France. I don't. I think that's Old Europe. If you look at the entire NATO Europe today, the center of gravity is shifting to the east. (...) And if you just take the list of all the members of NATO and all of those who have been invited in recently -- what is it? Twenty-six, something like that? -- you're right. Germany has been a problem, and France has been a problem.

(U.S. Sec. of Defense D. Rumsfeld at a White House press conference, January 22, 2003)

Dr. Eva Lichtenberger has been an Austrian Member of the European Parliament (2004-2009) and the Vice-Chairwoman of the Greens/European Free Alliance. She studied psychology and political science at the University of Innsbruck and completed her studies with a PhD in political science (1987).

After teaching in primary and secondary schools in the Tyrol (1974-1983), she entered regional politics and became the spokeswoman for the Tyrolese Green Party (1989-1999) and then the Austrian Greens on transport and tourism issues (1999-2004). From 1999 to 2004 she served as a member of the Austrian Parliament. She also served as an alternate member of the European Union’s Constitutional Convention (1999-2004), as well as the Austrian Convention on Constitutional Reform (1999-2004).