Praise for The Congressional Study Group on Germany

Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomes the delegations of the Annual Congress-Bundestag Seminar each year.

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.

– Chancellor Angela Merkel

When I visited Berlin this past June and stood at the Brandenburg Gate, I celebrated the strong and vital bond that united Americans and Germans. For three decades, The Congressional Study Group on Germany (CSGG) has worked to enrich this bond, helping to fortify the relationship between the United States and Germany. By promoting dialogue between legislators, the CSGG generates insights into our important partnership and enhances understanding between our countries.

President Barack Obama

For 30 years now, the Congressional Study Group on Germany (CSGG) has made an incalculably important contribution to the friendly relations between Germany and the United States, on a parliamentary level in particular, but also extending beyond this. The group now serves as a bridge for political decision-makers in both countries, initiating dialogs, opening doors and strengthening transatlantic ties. Busy parliamentarians from both countries setting aside a whole week each year during the Congress-Bundestag Seminar to meet with each other and with government representatives, entrepreneurs and scientists to discuss political issues is something which goes far beyond the usual cooperation, even between parliaments with close links, and is to the credit of the CSGG.

I look forward to continuing our work together!

– Prof. Dr. Norbert Lammert, President of the German Bundestag, following the 2015 Congress-Bundestag Seminar

Dr. Peter Wittig, German Ambassador to the United States, at the 33rd Annual Congress-Bundestag Seminar

Dr. Peter Wittig, German Ambassador to the United States, at the 33rd Annual Congress-Bundestag Seminar

The Congressional Study Group on Germany has for over three decades been serving a vital function as a forum for exchange among U.S. and German legislators and their staffs. Its myriad activities – among them, annual seminars, study trips, and roundtable discussions – provide legislators with a unique opportunity to engage in frank and fruitful dialogue on the issues relevant to our two countries in the 21st century. In a world that is growing increasingly fragmented, the Congressional Study Group has brought our legislative leaders closer together, thereby fostering greater mutual understanding and deeper personal and political ties. In my own dialogue with U.S. Members of Congress and as an active participant in the Study Group, I have experienced firsthand the positive impact that the organization is having on our legislative relations. I therefore deeply appreciate the valuable work that the Study Group, its Chairs, its Members, and its dedicated staff are doing to strengthen our bilateral and transatlantic relations.

— Dr. Peter Wittig, German Ambassador to the United States

At the core of the bilateral relationship – what sustains it through such rough periods and helps it heal – are the personal ties between lawmakers and opinion leaders from both sides of the Atlantic. The Congressional Study Group on Germany and its counterpart in the German Bundestag, the German-U.S. Parliamentary Friendship Group, have facilitated these bonds for over three decades, and we are honored to serve as their respective leadership.

-Joint statement from Congressman Charles Dent (R-PA), Co-Chair of The Congressional Study Group on Germany, and The Hon. Peer Steinbrück MdB, Chairman of the German-U.S. Parliamentary Friendship Group, at the 31st Annual Congress-Bundestag Seminar

CSGG: 6/10 - "The Future of Transatlantic Relations"

Dr. Karen Donfried, President of GMF, at a CSGG roundtable on the findings of GMF’s taskforce on the future of the U.S.-German relationship in June 2015.

The Congressional Study Group on Germany is an important facilitator of dialogue between the legislative bodies of the United States and Germany. At such an important moment in the history of the transatlantic relationship, the Congressional Study Group on Germany is a vital interlocutor that helps lawmakers better understand not just the German Bundestag and United States Congress, but most importantly the societies they represent.

— Dr. Karen Donfried, President of The German Marshall Fund of the United States

The Hon. Lee Hamilton (center), founder of The Congressional Study Groups, receives the Distinguished Service Award in 2014

The Hon. Lee Hamilton (center), founder of The Congressional Study Groups, receives the Distinguished Service Award in 2014

As the founding Chairman of The Congressional Study Group on Germany, I am pleased to see that it has become such an important instrument of dialogue between the United States and Germany. There is no substitute for the kind of exchange between Members of Congress and the Bundestag that is enabled through the Study Group. Members form personal relationships with one another; our two countries gain understanding and insight into one another; and cooperation between the U.S. and Germany is empowered.

The Hon. Lee Hamilton (D-IN, 1965-1999), former Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee

The Congressional Study Group on Germany is our indispensable partner in the ongoing and fruitful cooperation between the U.S. Congress and the German Bundestag. We sit together, talk together and try to understand each other. In times of disturbance, we succeeded to overcome misunderstandings on both sides of the Atlantic. In times of challenge, we try to help and support each other as best as possible. We will continue to do so.

Hans-Ulrich Klose, MdB, former Chairman of the Bundestag’s German-American Parliamentary Group

 

CSGG: 31st Annual Congress-Bundestag Seminar

Dr. Thomas Zielke, President, Representative of Germany Industry and Trade, at the 30th Annual Congress-Bundestag Seminar

The Representative of German Industry and Trade (RGIT) partners with a variety of organizations in Washington to augment RGIT’s own efforts at strengthening transatlantic ties. A key partner is The Congressional Study Group on Germany, which offers an unparalleled range of programs designed to facilitate an open dialogue and exchange of views between Members of Congress and stakeholders from industry on both sides of the Atlantic.

 — Dr. Thomas Zielke, President, Representative of German Industry and Trade