National Thanksgiving Turkeys at the Historic Willard Hotel

From November 19-21, 2017, the Willard Hotel’s most prominent guests were two turkeys from Minnesota, named Wishbone and Drumstick (a.k.a. this year's Presidential Turkeys). Markus Platzer, the Austrian General Manager of the historic hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue, was the first to welcome them as they checked in on Sunday. Hours before being pardoned, they received a surprise visit by Ambassador Wolfgang Waldner. 

Austria at the German Studies Association Annual Conference

The Fourty-First Annual Conference of the German Studies Association (GSA) was held in Atlanta, GA, from October 5 - 8, 2017.

The GSA is the premier multi- and interdisciplinary association of scholars focused on German, Austrian, and Swiss history, literature, culture studies, political science, and economics. The annual conference brings together over 1,000 scholars to present the latest research in these fields; over the last three years, the Austrian Press- and Information Service has been presenting ongoing research on the Austrian image in the United States.

Ambassador Waldner in New Orleans

Ambassador Waldner visited New Orleans, LA from October 9 - 12, 2017 for a series of bilateral meetings. The ambassador met with the governor of Louisiana, John Bel Edwards, to discuss U.S. foreign policy and Austrian - American trade relations with a focus on the Gulf South region. In addition, Ambassador Waldner met with the mayor of New Orleans, Mitch Landrieu, and discussed Austrian-American relations and in particular the work of the Austrian Marshall Plan Center for European Studies (“Center Austria”), anchored at The University of New Orleans, as well as the upcoming 300th anniversary of the City of New Orleans.