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The EU and the United States: Globalism vs. National Sovereignty
11/11/2019 1:30 p.m.
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On November 11, 2019 Todd Huizinga, President and executive director of the Center for Transatlantic Renewal, will join in a discussion on the changing US - EU relations both past and present.

Drawing on his own experience as a U. S. Diplomat in Brussels, he will focus  on the issue of globalism versus national sovereignty.  The EU is a globalist organization. It aims to inaugurate a post-national world, in which nations transfer core powers to supranational organizations. This has long been a source of profound tension in transatlantic relations, because this vision of the world collides with the traditional U.S. commitment to national sovereignty. With the presidency of Donald Trump, the rise of “populism” throughout Europe, and the reassertion of national sovereignty of EU member states such as Hungary and Poland, can democratic sovereignty be renewed in Europe and North America, and U.S.-EU relations be reinvigorated?  

He will be joined by Danube Institute Senior Fellow Mark Higgie, former Australian Ambassador to both Brussels and Hungary to discuss their joint experiences as EU based diplomats.   Danube Institute President John O'Sullivan will moderate the event.

Todd Huizinga is the president and executive director of the Center for Transatlantic Renewal.   
A U.S. diplomat from 1992-2012, Todd served as deputy chief of mission at the U.S. embassy in Luxembourg, political counselor at the U.S. Mission to the European Union in Brussels, consul for political and economic affairs at the U.S. consulates in Hamburg and Munich, and consul for public affairs at the U.S. consulate in Monterrey, Mexico.  He has also served in Dublin, Frankfurt and Costa Rica, and on the European Union Desk in the State Department in Washington, D.C.
Todd is the author of The New Totalitarian Temptation: Global Governance and the Crisis of Democracy in Europe (New York/London: Encounter Books, 2016). Mr. Huizinga's latest book, Was Europa von Trump lernen kann, written in German, was released in Germany in April 2017.  The book evaluates Donald Trump's domestic and foreign policy by engaging European perspectives directly, and critically examining the current atmosphere in Europe and the United States.   
Todd has been a keynote speaker at Hillsdale College's annual Constitution Day celebration in Washington, D.C., and for the Hudson Institute, the Heritage Foundation, the Acton Institute, the IPADE Business School (Mexico City), the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, and the One of Us Federation of European Pro-Life Groups (Brussels and Budapest).
Todd received a B.A. in Music and German from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan and an M.A. in German Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

Mark Higgie is a former Australian diplomat, political advisor, and intelligence analyst. He was Australia's ambassador to the EU and NATO between 2014 and 2017.  He previously served as international advisor to the Hon Tony Abbott MP, both when Abbott was Leader of the Opposition (2010–2013) and when he was Prime Minister (2013–2014). 
Higgie also served as Australia's ambassador in Budapest 1998–2001. He is Senior Fellow at the Danube Institute and is the Europe Correspondent for the Spectator Australia.
TIME: November 11, 2019 at 13:30.  Registration starts at 13:00. Reception: 15:00-16:00
VENUE: Magyar Tudományos Akadémia ( MTA )1051 Budapest Szechenyi Istvan ter 9.

The event will be video-recorded and the film will be put on our website.  By participating, you agree to the use of your image in the film.

Please register via the RSVP link.   


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