The Congressional Study Group on Germany is celebrating its 30th anniversary. This in itself shows its members’ commitment to fostering the close relations between our two countries and filling them with vibrancy. This is an aim which I wholeheartedly share. I am very grateful for our meetings, which have always guaranteed a valuable exchange of views on issues of common interest. An open and trusting dialogue – that is precisely what makes the links between parliamentarians on both sides of the Atlantic such an important pillar of the German-American partnership and friendship.
Chancellor Angela Merkel
Congressional Study Group on Germany
The Congressional Study Group on Germany (CSGG) is an independent, non-partisan and non-advocacy organization that promotes legislative exchange between the U.S. Congress and German Bundestag.
The Congressional Study Group on Germany is an independent, non-partisan and non-advocacy organization that promotes legislative exchange between the U.S. Congress and German Bundestag. Since 1983, the Study Group has created an ongoing forum for frank and candid dialogue about the most pressing issues affecting the U.S-German and transatlantic relationships. The Study Group provides first-hand opportunities for policy makers, academics, journalists and business leaders (led by our Business Advisory Council) to discuss issues of critical concern and build strong and lasting relationships based on mutual interest and trust. Programs address a wide range of timely issues, with trade, economics, energy, foreign policy, and security generally the main focus. Among the Study Group’s core activities are the Congress-Bundestag Seminar that alternates each year between Germany and the U.S., senior congressional staff trips to Germany, and frequent roundtable discussions on Capitol Hill that bring together Members of Congress, congressional staff, business leaders, diplomats, policy experts, administration officials, and journalists.
The CSGG is currently active in both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. The Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Congressional Study Group on Germany are Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) and Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA). Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) and former Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-MO) remain active as recent Past Chairs of the Study Group. On the Senate side, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Senator Jeanne Shaheen serve as Co-Chairs.
The Distinguished Visitors Program – The Distinguished Visitors Program exposes Members of Congress to the issues that affect U.S.-German relations by bringing high-level speakers to Capitol Hill. The Congressional Study Group on Germany is pleased to have the opportunity to conceptualize and organize events for Members of Congress featuring their peers in the Bundestag, German cabinet-level officials, and Minister Presidents from various states in the Federal Republic of Germany. The Congressional Study Group on Germany works with the German Embassy, German political foundations, business representatives, and the academic community to host events on Capitol Hill.
The Annual Congress-Bundestag Seminar – The Annual Congress-Bundestag Seminar is a conference that brings together Members of the U.S. Congress with their counterparts in the German Bundestag for in-depth discussions about issues that affect the transatlantic relationship. In addition to current and former lawmakers from the United States and Germany, representatives from the U.S. State Department, the German Foreign Ministry, and the business and academic community also participate. The Annual Seminar provides legislators from Germany and the United States with the opportunity to examine subjects of mutual interest and to have a frank exchange of opinions and ideas. The Seminar has been an invaluable tool in creating and reinforcing personal friendships and ties between Members of Congress and Members of the Bundestag. Discussion topics are dictated by current events and issues influencing U.S.-German relations.
- 2013 Annual Congress-Bundestag Seiminar (30th Anniversary)
- 2012 Annual Congress-Bundestag Seminar
- 2011 Annual Congress-Bundestag Seminar
- 2010 Annual Congress-Bundestag Seminar
- 2009 Annual Congress-Bundestag Seminar
Senior Congressional Staff Study Tour to Germany – The Congressional Staff Study Tour to Germany is an annual programming project for the Study Group and discussions on Capitol Hill occur for Congressional staff approximately every other month. The program consists of meetings with think tank representatives, Members of the Bundestag, and journalists. Through education and exposure to the current trends and politics in Germany, the CSGG equips senior Congressional staffers so that they in turn can inform Members of Congress about relevant transatlantic issues.