March 3rd, 2016

CSGG: March 2016: 33rd Annual Congress-Bundestag Seminar (FL-21 and Washington, DC)

For information about previous Congress-Bundestag Seminars, please click here.

CSGG: 33rd Annual Congress-Bundestag Seminar

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Hosted by the parliamentary leadership of The Congressional Study Group on Germany and the Bundestag’s Parlamentariergruppe USA, the annual Congress-Bundestag Seminar provides a unique opportunity for German and American legislators and other distinguished guests to discuss the transatlantic relationship and the role of their countries in solving global challenges in a frank and candid forum. Topics for the 33rd Annual Seminar included the Florida primary and U.S. Presidential campaign, trade policy, the refugee crisis, and anti-terrorism cooperation.

In addition to current lawmakers from the United States and Germany, the Seminar also welcomes representatives from the U.S. and German Administrations, diplomatic corps, and the business and non-profit communities.

The Study Group would like to thank the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung for their financial support of the 33nd Annual Congress-Bundestag Seminar. General, unrestricted support for the activities of The Congressional Study Group on Germany is provided by the German Marshall Fund of the United States and our Business Advisory Council.

Contact: Sabine Schleidt | csg-events (AT) usafmc (DOT) org

We were excited to continue a new tradition of holding a “transatlantic townhall” during the annual Congress-Bundestag Seminar. This year, both Lynn University (Boca Raton, FL) and Howard University (Washington, DC) hosted these valuable open forums. Full video from the Lynn University program is available now on our YouTube page and is also embedded below.

Both programs provided a platform to discuss the mass migration and refugee crisis affecting Europe, as well as its allies. The conversation at Lynn University also included an opportunity for the parliamentarians to discuss best practices for overcoming partisanship. At both programs, parliamentarians engaged in a salon-style discussion with a moderator to start off the program before moving into an open Q&A format, placing a candid dialogue at the forefront of this model.