About CSGG Programming
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.
The 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.