Exploring Berlin

This summer semester, we looked at Berlin through a European lense.

News vom 14.06.2018

The summer semester 2018 is everything but boring. Along with a huge catalogue of block seminars on a variety of topics, the fellows had the opportunity to visit a range of different institutions in Berlin. Just as in Brussels and Luxembourg this January, we were motivated to learn about Europe outside of the seminar room.

It started off with a visit at the Bundestag, where we got the chance to witness a parliamentary session and see the buildings.
One week later, the Representation of the European Commission to Germany welcomed us for a talk with the Head of the Political Team, Patrick Lobis.
Next up was a guided tour through the Bundesrat (Federal Council), along with a very interesting visit at the Hungarian Embassy next to the Brandenburg Gate. There, Dr. Péter Györkös, Hungarian ambassador to Germany took the time to have a little discussion with us about the Hungarian side in European affairs.
In the following week, the fellows got to learn at the Federal Chancellery how this institution serves the executive office of Chancellor Angela Merkel through a detailed guided tour.
One highlight of the extracurricular activites was definitely the WDR Europaforum, an event where countless experts participated to achieve discourse about European issues in talks, discussions and lectures. The fellows even got to see Chancellor Merkel up close.
One point on the agenda that was a little different was the visit to the Berlin House of Representatives. Even though onemight think that this institution that rather deals with regional policy is hardly connected to the EU, this prooved to be wrong. Frank Zimmermann of SPD met with us and explained his work for the European Affairs committee within the House of Representatives.
All of this finished off with a meeting with Ilke Kiral, an attaché at Auswärtiges Amt in a cosy little café in Mitte. Everyone interested in a career path with the AA was welcome to ask questions.

If you would like to have a look at some pictures of all of our excursions, click here.

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