- May 28, 2017
- June 02, 2017
For the fourth time, the Aspen Institute Germany invited 20 Staffers from U.S. Congress and German Bundestag to participate in two one-week programs in Berlin (May 28-June 3) and in Washington D.C. (July 2-8). During the first part in Berlin, the participants delved into the topics populism and trade. In addition to roundtable discussions, the participants learned about the history of Berlin and Germany by taking part in a seminar with students from the John F. Kennedy Institute at the Free University of Berlin, and visited the Cecilienhof Palace, the historic site of the Potsdam Conference. They also enjoyed a tour of the Bundestag, including its cupola, led by alumni of the program. The program included opportunities for informal exchange and networking as well as an alumni event with former German participants. After the first part of the Bundestag and Congress Staffers Exchange Program in Berlin, the participants focused on the topics digitalization and trade in Washington, D.C. The program included opportunities for informal exchange and networking as well as an alumni event with former participants from the United States. In addition to roundtable discussions, the participants had the opportunity to visit the July 4th Parade and enjoyed a Fireworks Cruise as well a tour of the Capitol including its dome. The Program is supported by the Transatlantic Program of the Federal Republic of Germany with funds from the European Recovery Program of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. Aspen Germany is the project coordinator on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economy and Energy (BMWi).