Prominent CBYX Support

Dr. Angela Merkel, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany on the recent funding cuts and the importance of the program (Feb 2015):

„Gerade jetzt, 25 Jahre nach der Deutschen Einheit, wollen wir dieses Programm fortsetzten. […] Wir hoffen, dass es nicht dieses Zeichen ist, dass das [PPP] nicht mehr als zu wichtig angesehen wird.“

„Especially now, 25 years after the German reunification, we want to continue this program. […] We hope that it is not a sign that it [CBYX] is not seen as important anymore.”

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Angela Merkel’s full statement translated into English

United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy (ACPD), Annual 2014 Comprehensive Annual Report on Public Diplomacy and International Broadcasting Activities (Dec 2014):

“We believe that it is against our interest to invest less in our relations with the German public at a critical time when facing dual threats from Russia and countering violent extremism in Europe, while also trying to secure the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement with the EU. […] the cutback of U.S. investment in the Congress-Bundestag exchange also sends a strong message to the German public and government that the U.S. does not value the relationship with a critical ally whose public is increasingly skeptical of the United States.”

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Executive Summary of the Annual Report:

“Given the negative political signal that cutting U.S. funding for the Congress-Bundestag exchange sends,we strongly recommend that funding be restored in the FY16 budget.”

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Letter by Members of the German-American Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives to Secretary of State John Kerry (Dec 2014):

“[…] we write to reaffirm our commitment to maintaining and strengthening the relationship between the United States and Germany, and respectfully request that the State Department maintain $4 million for the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX). The United States and Germany are two of the world’s most powerful nations and leading economies, and the CBYX has served as an important conduit for fostering cultural exchange, educational advancement, and strengthening ties between our two nations.”

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Letter by former Ambassadors in Germany and in the United States (June 2014):

“As one of the most enduring reciprocal public diplomacy programs, CBYX remains crucial to building understanding and relationships amongst young people in our two countries.”

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