Congressional Affairs Major Convenings
The Congressional Affairs Program at the German Marshall Fund engages with members of both the U.S. Congress as well as members of parliaments across Europe. Our Congress-Bundestag Forum is an annual conference convening members of the U.S. Congress and the German Parliament (Bundestag) which alternates each year between Germany and the United States. We also take Congressional delegations to GMF’s Brussels Forum and lead study tours for Members of Congress and their staffs on a variety of issues relevant to the transatlantic policy sphere. The Congressional Affairs Program also hosts Members of Parliament and parliamentary staffers on visits to Washington.
Each year, GMF organizes Congressional delegations to its major international conference - Brussels Forum. Brussels Forum is a high-level meeting featuring the most influential North American and European political, intellectual, and corporate leaders to address pressing challenges currently facing both sides of the Atlantic.
Transatlantic Technology Congressional Delegation
The Transatlantic Technology Congressional Delegation (TTCD) focuses on the expanding importance of digital and data policy in the transatlantic space. Through direct engagement with political, industry, and academic stakeholders; TTCD will examine the opportunities and challenges brought on by the rapid growth of the transatlantic digital relationship.
Congress - Bundestag Forum
The Congress - Bundestag Forum (CBF) is a project that has been undertaken annually by the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) and the Robert Bosch Foundation since 2003. The Forum is a parliamentary exchange that brings together members of the German Bundestag and members of the U.S. House of Representatives for a series of discussions on areas of mutual concern. The Forum alternates location each year between the United States and Germany.
Congressional Chief of Staff Study Tour to Germany
The Congressional Chief of Staff Study Tour, inaugurated in 2013, is designed to introduce senior congressional staffers to various key aspects of contemporary German politics. Discussions with government officials, business representatives, academics, and journalists provide a clearer understanding of Germany’s position within current political and economic debates, explore the domestic political system, and gain a better sense of the transatlantic relationship.
Congress - Bundestag Study Tour
Building on the success of the Congress - Bundestag Forum in the United States and Germany for over a decade, GMF and the Robert Bosch Foundation launched a study tour format in 2013 to provide a new context and perspective for the development of a common transatlantic policy agenda among members of Congress and members of the Bundestag vis-a-vis pivotal countries. Country destinations have included Morocco, India, and Turkey. The study tour format serves to deepen personal ties between U.S. and German policymakers that have been formed over the past years, while offering an in-depth view of a country that affects the transatlantic relationship.
Newly-elected Bundestag Study Tour to Washington D.C.
The Bundestag Study Tour brings a delegation of newly-elected members from the German Bundestag to Washington, DC to examine current trends and issues in U.S. politics. It is critical that the newly elected members of the Bundestag are exposed to U.S. politics, in order to promote a new generation of transatlanticists. This study tour provides contact and perspectives on the United States for German lawmakers interested in transatlantic relations.