Join us on December 2, 2011, at SAIS Kenney auditorium, where Hungarian President Pál Schmitt will share his thoughts on why the drive toward a Europe whole and free still matters.

The Center for Transatlantic Relations Johns Hopkins University EU Center of Excellence Washington, DC invites you to a discussion with His Excellency Pál Schmitt President of the Republic of Hungary on "Why A Europe Whole and Free Still Matters: A Central European Perspective".

Moderated by Amb. Kurt Volker Senior Fellow and Managing Director Center for Transatlantic Relations

Time: Friday, December 2, 2011 2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Venue: Kenney Auditorium, The Paul H. Nitze SAIS
1740 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20036

In May 1989, Hungary began tearing down the barbed wire that separated it from Austria and the West – the pivotal event that within 6 months led to the fall of the Berlin Wall. For the first time in a generation, Central and East Europeans could live in free, democratic societies and to be reunited with their fellow Europeans in the West. For nations such as Hungary, the event was a crucial turning point in their modern history. But for millions in Europe’s southern and eastern neighborhood, the dream of living in free, prosperous, stable and secure societies is still just that: a dream.

Please RSVP here.  

If you have any questions, please contact Miriam Cunningham at (202) 663-5880.