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1 Newsletter issue 10 Scholarship holders of the year 2015 The scholarship holders of the year 2015 On the day the certificate is awarded: The IP scholarship holders of the year 2015 Win a trip to Berlin! Register now as an alumnus and attend the 30th anniversary event of the IPS (see p. 12) Dear friends of the IPS, A successful IPS with many highlights, but also some events that make you think, is behind us. Our experiences with the past program are of course also being incorporated into the plans for the coming year, which are currently in full swing. One of the main innovations will be the IPS Code, which was drawn up by the group of rapporteurs and which will be binding for participants in the future (see p. 11). We want to make it clear that the unique opportunities that the IPS offers are also associated with obligations that apply to all scholarship holders. The structure of the program is also new. In contrast to what many of you have got to know, the internship in the parliamentary office will in future comprise three months, which will be framed by a preparatory phase 1 and a follow-up phase. This allows the scholarship holders to prepare more intensively for their time in the parliamentary offices and concentrate fully on their time with us parliamentarians during these three months. So you can see that, as always, we give a lot of thought to how good can be made even better and we ensure that the IPS remains a lively program. Yours Bernhard Schulte-Drüggelte, Member of the Bundestag

2 The IPS a living bridge A meeting with the President of the Bulgarian Parliament and a special offer for IPS members by Polina Spartyanova, Denitsa Slavkova, Elizabeth Ilieva; IP scholarship holders 2015 On May 6th, 2015 the Bulgarian IPS scholarship holders met the chairwoman of the People's Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria, Ms. Tsetska Tsacheva, in Berlin. The President of the Parliament was visiting the German Bundestag together with other members of parliament. In addition to the meeting with the President of the German Bundestag, Prof. Dr. Norbert Lammert, there was also a conversation with the four Bulgarian IPS scholarship holders and the head of the Science and External Relations department in the administration of the German Bundestag, Prof. Dr. Schöler, provided. The President of the Bulgarian Parliament described the young scholarship holders as a kind of living bridge that contributes to the networking of the two countries. This meeting contributes to the consolidation of the traditionally good diplomatic and political relations between Bulgaria and Germany. Ms. Tsacheva and her colleagues have expressed the hope that participation in the IPS program will give new impetus to Bulgarian politics. When you have finished your internship at the end of July, we would be very happy to work closely with you in the Bulgarian parliament, said President Tsacheva, referring to the new experiences and the commitment of the scholarship holders in the Bundestag. The conversation was shaped by topics such as the advantages of the German political system and the comparison between the two systems. The Bulgarian interns reported on their experiences in the offices of the German parliamentarians and on their impressions of German political culture. The scholars pointed out that Bulgaria should focus more on close cooperation between the government and the opposition, as well as on the successor. The offer by the Bulgarian delegation to give the program participants the opportunity to develop and apply their knowledge and skills as employees in the Bulgarian People's Assembly underscores the appreciation of the Bulgarian MPs for the goals of the exchange program. With their newly acquired skills and ideas, the scholarship holders could make a major contribution to the further development of democratic parliamentarianism. At the end of the meeting, Ms. Tsacheva gave a passionate speech, expressing the wish that the four scholarship holders return to Bulgaria with their experience and knowledge. The scholarship holders will comply with this request and emphasize that they want to use the experience they have gained in Germany to promote relations between the two countries, to consolidate democratic values ​​and tolerance in Bulgaria and to further develop democracy. Together they want to contribute to a better future in their home country. The MPs and the President of the Bulgarian Parliament together with the Bulgarian IPS members and the Deputy Director of the German Bundestag, Prof. Dr. Schöler

3 Hello, Banz Monastery! A foundation trip to the land of beer and pretzels by Kristine Bartkevica, Augustina Zamuskeviciute, IP scholarship holders 2015 On the first day of June we, group 4 of this year's scholarship holders, said goodbye to rainy Berlin and made our way to Bavaria. Everyday work in the Bundestag and life from one session to another have already caught up with us, so we were happy to have a little break in southern Germany. The stories of former IPS members raised our expectations, because we were promised the best of all foundation trips. The scholarship holders in the Banz Monastery The destination of our foundation trip was the idyllic place - Banz Monastery - which is located in Upper Franconia and about 30 km north of Bamberg. The monastery has been owned by the Hanns Seidel Foundation since 1978 and serves as an education and meeting center. When we arrived we were not greeted by men in lederhosen, but by nice employees of the Hans Seidel Foundation and Prof. Dr. Heydenreuter welcomed by the University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt. On the first evening, an exciting guided tour through the interior of a charming monastery awaited us, which has a swimming pool from the pompous Kaisersaal. This evening, like every other, ended with a cozy round in the beer parlor. The second day began alongside the sporting activities of some of the scholarship holders (some improved their swimming skills and some tried to cope with the mountains by jogging) with an insight into the past and present of the Free State of Bavaria. During the morning seminar we dealt a lot with the coats of arms, which can tell a lot about the history of Franconia. After interesting discussions, we made our way to Coburg to take a closer look at the city coat of arms, on which Saint Mauritius can be seen, and to visit the Coburg Fortress. After a nice walk through the city center and a visit to the Franconian Crown, many of us spent a few free hours eating ice cream, drinking coffee and reflecting. In the late afternoon we met Prof. Dr. Heydenreuter met again in the Banz Monastery to gain a deeper insight into the history of Germany. On the third day of our trip, shortly after breakfast, we drove to Bamberg - the river paradise of Franconia. In the world cultural heritage city, the 3 Bamberg riders, the historic old town and the half-timbered houses along the Regnitz were waiting for us. The summery, cozy weather allowed us to enjoy lunch under the parasols and discover the specialties of Franconia. Some scholars have even decided to try the smoked beer. Back in Banz Monastery, full and happy, we had another reading with Prof. Niedermeier about the work of the Hanns Seidel Foundation and took part in a feedback session. On the way we were lucky enough to visit the impressive Basilica of the Fourteen Saints. As part of the International Parliament Scholarship of the German Bundestag, we had a wonderful opportunity to discover the Upper Franconia region through seeing and hearing, smelling and tasting. It was an unforgettable time. Many thanks to the Hans Seidel Foundation for the hospitality and goodbye, Bavaria!

4 Communicate with confidence and build bridges IPS Alumni Regional Conference 2015 in Moscow, Russia From the Russian Association of Former Scholarship Holders / IPS Alumni Russia The IPS Alumni Regional Conference on communication took place in Moscow from May 27 to 29, 2015 took place in the post-Soviet space. It was the first regional conference of the former scholarship holders of the International Parliamentary Scholarship of the German Bundestag that has been held in Russia since the beginning of the program. 35 IPS alumni from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Russia took part in the conference under the motto Communicate in trust and build bridges. The conference was welcomed by a wide range of supporters of the IPS program, including made possible: by the German Bundestag, the German Embassy in Moscow, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation and the Heinrich Böll Foundation. The German Bundestag was represented by the head of Section WI 4, Ms. Saskia Leuenberger, and her colleague Ms. Dolores Stamer. Since the IPS program offers an excellent international platform for encounters and exchanges, the aim of the conference was above all to ensure that IPS graduates on these topics trustingly, openly and in times of acute crises and fierce foreign policy disputes in the region to talk to each other without old prejudices. The two-day intensive discussion focused primarily on current issues relating to interstate integration as well as political and social challenges with which citizens in the so-called "post-Soviet space" are confronted. The lectures and presentations of the participants were thus divided into two parts. While the representatives of the EU-oriented countries presented their contributions on the first day, the representatives from the EAEU countries gave their presentations on the second day. In his speech at the reception at the German Embassy, ​​envoy Dr. Georg Birgelen places great importance on the IPS Alumni 4 regional conference in Moscow. The most important aspect for the participants was the exchange of ideas, free of any taboos and restrictions as well as the respectful handling of different points of view on difficult, current political and social issues. They also met with the State Duma deputy, Mr. Dmitri Gudkow, who came at the invitation of the German Embassy and expressed his support for the IPS alumni. In front of the participants, 35 IPS alumni joined Ms. Leuenberger and Ms. Stamer (WI4) in Moscow, Dr. Utkin, Head of the Strategic Assessment Unit of the Situation Analysis Center at the Russian Academy of Sciences. After he had given his lecture on European and Eurasian Integration: A View from Moscow, the IPS alumni asked stimulating questions and then discussed them themselves. In the wide range

5 of the problems and questions discussed at the conference include the situation with the Russian-speaking minority in the Baltic countries, the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia and the role of social networks. Cross-border cooperation between the IPS alumni associations in the region was also on the agenda. The head of Section WI4, Ms. Saskia Leuenberger, reported on the latest innovations in the program and thus set the course for the future development of the IPS regional concept. In the discussion round, the participants from the individual countries shared their experiences, made valuable suggestions and took joint initiatives. They were also unanimous on the question that for a successful and effective IPS dialogue with representatives from all over the region, IPS alumni from Ukraine must also be present, which the organizers of the conference wanted from the start. Of course, culture and fun were not neglected either. Many participants discovered the city of Moscow for themselves and went for a walk. During the visit to the GULAG Museum in Moscow, the IPS alumni from the 10 former Soviet republics were able to find out what it looks like today with the coming to terms with the past in Russia in connection with the former communist dictatorship. At the end of the conference, all participants agreed: such a format of IPS alumni regional conferences in the post-Soviet space must in any case and regardless of the political economy be continued in the future under the motto Communicate trustingly and build bridges. Report on the colloquium of the German Bundestag June 2015 by Marina Ljuljovic, IPS alumna from Montenegro This year's colloquium from June 18 to 20 brought together almost forty former IP scholarship holders and active IPS alumni in the German parliament. The topics of this year's program were international networking, social media and regional conferences. In a dense, but extremely exciting three-day program, we had the opportunity to exchange ideas about the situation and the work of the alumni associations in our countries, to talk about ways to improve the networking of the associations and to find out about past and upcoming regional conferences . In group work, reflections on the formation, networking and cooperation of the clubs were made and then discussed in the plenary. The topic of networking alumni work in the regions was specifically addressed in my group. First of all, the importance of networking the alumni within a country, as well as international integration, was strongly emphasized. How this cooperation should be promoted and strengthened and what a decisive role social media play in this were the main points of discussion. But also questions like what are the conditions for a country to organize a regional conference and what is necessary for this? were discussed. Final photo with sub-department head WI Prof. Dr. Rickes (back right) Since many countries do not yet have an official alumni association, the sense of founding an association was also discussed. In the discussion in the plenary session, the importance of the topics discussed became clear. The colloquium enabled and achieved deeper cooperation. In the future, too, it will connect the alumni and associations of all member countries and maintain regional conferences. 5

6 Presentation of the Alumni Association Kosovo by Xhavit Drenori, Chairman of the IPS Alumni Association Kosovo The IPS Alumni Association Kosovo was officially registered as a non-governmental organization (NGO) in the Kosovar Parliament, where the committee work and the plenary sessions are now being observed become. Since 2007 the German Bundestag has made it possible for talented students from Kosovo to complete an internship in the German Bundestag as part of the IPS. Since then, 16 Kosovars have participated in the IPS. Eight of the former scholarship holders are working in Kosovo, the rest are studying or working abroad. A lot has happened in the alumni association in the last two years: In May 2014, the regional conference with the topic "Together for more transparency and political responsibility" took place in Pristina. There were former scholarship holders from the alumni associations from Albania, Kosovo, Serbia, Macedonia and Belarus. At this conference, a monitoring platform for politicians was suggested as a regional project of the associations in Albania, Macedonia, Serbia and Kosovo. The website served as inspiration. At another meeting in Skopje in November 2014, these plans were discussed in depth. For this reason, Fabian Hanneforth, an employee of, was invited to Skopje to present the platform. After the presentation, the financial and personnel capacities of the clubs for such a project were discussed. A comparable platform is already available in Serbia. In Macedonia this is not possible due to the political situation, which is why the clubs of both countries have withdrawn their participation. However, Albania and Kosovo continue to work together. Since 2015 there have been a number of other activities such as the presentation of the scholarship programs from Germany and the IPS as well as participation in scholarship and career fairs. The Alumni Association Kosova is in constant contact with the German embassy in Pristina. As part of the "Days of the German Language" organized by the German embassy, ​​we provided information about scholarship opportunities in Germany on social media and with posters in the university's faculties. There were also lectures on this subject at the Philological Faculty. We enable new scholarship holders to complete a two-month internship in the Kosovar Parliament in order to prepare them for their work in the German Bundestag. The alumni association organizes regular meetings for alumni who live and work in Kosovo. Via and via Facebook we are also in regular contact with the alumni who live and work abroad and inform them about current developments and activities of the association. This year two representatives of our association were invited to Estonia to give a presentation there. We are happy to comply with this request. Ms. Mevlyde Hyseni informed and advised the IPS alumni association Estonia regarding the organization of the conference via Skype. 6th

7 On the other side of the conference table Internship in the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Republic By Fabian Möpert, scholarship holder of the Czech partner program 2015 From March 1 to April 30, 2015, I had the opportunity, as part of the first-ever parliamentary scholarship of the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Republic as German intern to get to know the work of one of the two Czech parliamentary chambers. My workplace was the office of the security committee and its chairman, Ing. Roman Váňa. In addition to working in the office, I also benefited from an extensive accompanying program. This included various seminars and lectures, but also a number of meetings with representatives of other Czech government institutions. Among them were e.g. Visits to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the office of the President of the Czech Republic, the government office or from left to right: Petr Valenta - employee of the Parliamentary Institute, Roman Váňa - chairman of the security committee, Maike Freytag-Pitrocha - head of the press department of the German embassy in Prague, Fabian Möpert & Robert Forker - interns also had a meeting with the head of the advisory staff of the current Czech Prime Minister. In this way I also got an impression of how the cooperation between these institutions works in legislation and policy-making. I consider the fact that I was allowed to work for a Member and on the Security Committee to be an extremely fortunate circumstance. This gave me the opportunity not only to get to know the political landscape of the Czech Republic in general, but also to deal with important topics of German-Czech cooperation in the context of this department. This aspect was particularly valuable to me, as I am committed to good relations between our two neighboring countries in politics, business and culture and have already gained practical experience in the German-Czech context. One of the highlights of my stay was two business trips during which I was able to accompany committee members on, among other things, working visits to the Saxon state parliament in Dresden and the German Bundestag in Berlin. As part of a Czech delegation, I was able to sit on the other side of the conference table, so to speak, and follow the discussions from the point of view of the Czech representatives. Last but not least, such an experience also sharpens the eye for compromises. In summary, my stay in the House of Representatives was extremely beneficial for me. In terms of the practicality of my language skills, the daily communication with native speakers has helped me a lot, as only Czech was of course spoken in our office, at seminars and in meetings. In addition to the professional impressions, there are of course a large number of personal contacts and newly established friendships. I am already looking forward to continuing the many stimulating conversations I have had with these people at the earliest opportunity. Finally, I would like to thank everyone involved who made this scholarship program possible and I hope that many more will follow our first year of interns. more info: 7

8 and even more impressions from the Czech Republic Paths that lead into the future are never paths ahead of us. They only become paths when you walk them. (Franz Kafka) By Robert Forker, also a scholarship holder of the Czech partner program 2015 The path I have taken in the past two months has been formative and profitable for my future. It was a path that once again connected the country I was born in Germany with my second home, Bohemia, and led me home. Because for me, home is where you feel at home and where you are welcomed. The internship for German scholarship holders in the Czech House of Representatives was for me an experience that broadened my knowledge. When I look back over the past few weeks, I look back on a time that gave me multifaceted insights into the work of MPs, such as their work in committees, in parliamentary sessions, in cooperation with the press and their representative tasks in their constituencies. Once again, I was able to build on my previous experience, which I had gained through studies and stays abroad, and to add a phase that was valuable for my personality, with many new impressions and development processes, especially in the practical area. My range of tasks was very diverse, required creativity and a high degree of interest and commitment in socio-political areas. As a result, I was able to demonstrate my coordinative and organizational skills in researching information, individual writing and working in the archive, but also using my communicative and social nature and working in a team. This gave me insights into holding interviews and working with the press. I was also allowed to accompany the Speaker of the House of Representatives as part of a delegation to visit constituencies, met ambassadors and took part in various conferences. Attending seminars, workshops and discussion rounds on current political problems not only expanded my previous knowledge but also opened up other / new perspectives on debates that stimulated my thinking. Through daily reading on crucial topics relating to new draft laws, different positions and arguments on foreign policy matters and socio-political issues, I immersed myself deeply into the spectrum of parliamentary work. The internship in parliament was a very vivid and instructive journey through the political realities of the Czech Republic. What ultimately remains is a head full of new inspirations, friendships, interesting experiences and encounters, very in-depth discussions and a lot of input in the form of knowledge about the Czech world of politics and the media. I would therefore like to thank everyone involved for the extensive program and the wonderful time in Parliament, especially for conveying the feeling of being part of the whole. The scholarship program can be recommended in any case and I encourage everyone to use this opportunity to develop themselves further in the socio-political area and to help shape the exchange between Germany and the Czech Republic. It is a path that leads into our future, but which, as Franz Kafka said, only emerges when it is started.

9 Do you want to get involved? A presentation of the youth online portal of the Bundestag The youth portal of the Bundestag, the link to parliament, the platform for exchanging and discussing political issues: this is Von Anna Frey, editor-in-chief (on the photo on the right) As the editor-in-chief of am I am the contact person for our youth authors and photographers but also for Bundestag scholarship holders who would like to contribute to the portal. Together with Michaela Hoffmann, the responsible officer in the PuK 4 department - online services, parliamentary television (left on the photo) - and editor-in-chief of, I design the topics on and represent the youth portal at events such as the greeting of Scholarship holders or the youth media workshop. The portal provides daily, understandable and balanced information about what is going on in parliament, the members of parliament and special offers for young people. There is also material to download, an encyclopedia and many background pieces on politics, parliamentarism and democracy. Get involved: These are not just reports, interviews, surveys, opinions and videos from young media makers. As one of the major programs of the German Bundestag for young people, the International Parliamentary Scholarship also plays an important role. accompanies the participants on their arrival in Berlin and their first days in the parliamentary offices and is there when current participants meet former participants or the countries present themselves with dance and costumes. The scholarship holders can design the reporting themselves with texts, photos or ideas, not only during their internships in the Bundestag, but also later as correspondents from their countries of origin. Advice to the editors: Don't miss any news from on Facebook: Mitmischende 9

10 On our own behalf ... IPS Arab countries: 23 scholarship holders, 4 weeks, 1 goal In the The scholarship holders with Dr. Horst Risse, Director at the German Bundestag and Prof. Dr. Schöler, Head of Department W and Prof. Dr. Rickes, Head of the WI subdivision of Dr. Angela Göllnitz, Speaker in Department WI 4 23 scholarship holders from seven Arab countries - from Morocco to Oman - were able to experience the work of the German Bundestag up close again this September. The thirteen women and ten men have graduated with a bachelor's or master's degree or are already working. Many work as interpreters, translators and German teachers, but also as doctors, engineers, architects and political scientists. In addition to numerous events and meetings with high-ranking politicians, such as the 2015 scholarship holders to the President of the German Bundestag, Professor Dr. Norbert Lammert, the participants got the opportunity to get to know the German Bundestag and the history and culture of Germany better. In particular, the visit to Roland Jahn, the Federal Commissioner for the Records of the State Security Service of the former GDR, was a highlight of this year's program for many scholarship holders Life in Berlin and several simulation games on the course of political decision-making processes, such as the construction of a mosque in an imaginary small town and visits to exhibitions on Germany's culture of remembrance, guaranteed an unforgettable time. They got to know each other, discussed, argued and reconciled, made friends, learned and discovered a lot of new things, looked outside the box, received food for thought - our goal has been achieved. What the participants make of it is in their hands as alumni and multipliers. Not only for the scholarship holders - and current alumni - but also for us, it was very difficult to say goodbye after four weeks of intensive program. We are all the more looking forward to next year! 10

11 On my own behalf ... New in the program: The IPS Code of Conduct Before the program begins, the participants undertake to sign the following points: 1. During the IPS I work with everyone involved in the program, regardless of their cultural or religious origin, their political views, their gender, their nationality and their sexual orientation. This also includes the willingness to appear in public within the framework of the IPS. 2. I undertake to maintain secrecy about the activities in my parliamentary office and all other program components. Public statements, e.g. to the press or in social networks are only permitted in coordination with the responsible parliamentary office or the Bundestag administration. 3. I am aware that personal preferences regarding assignment to a certain parliamentary group or to a member of the German Bundestag with a specific focus cannot be taken into account. 4. Active participation in the work in the parliament's office is a basic requirement for a successful internship phase. I undertake to follow all work instructions and to complete my work assignments within the specified time frame in full and to the best of my knowledge and ability. 5. I am aware that I will be seen as a representative of the supervising MP and the International Parliamentary Scholarship during the program I will and undertake to behave and behave commensurate with the dignity of the house. 6. I undertake to participate in all program components and not to enter into any conflicting obligations. 7. I undertake to appear punctually for all events and for work in the office and I accept the working hours specified by my parliamentary office. 8. I am aware that an exemption from the program, for example to take part in examinations or to attend private appointments, is generally not possible and that I have to bear the costs myself in the event of unexcused non-participation in IPS events. 9. I acknowledge that the internal events within the program are only open to the participants of the IPS and I declare that I will not be accompanied by relatives, friends or acquaintances during the IPS. 10. I am aware that violations of these obligations can result in various measures up to and including the revocation of the scholarship. 11

12 In our own affairs ... Preparation-arrival-program-departure-follow-up-preparation-arrival-program by Katrin Grothe, Section WI 4 In short, this is the procedure of the IPS for Section WI 4. Of course, there is a lot more behind it - the work behind such a large program is hardly recognizable at first glance. At the moment we are busy with the preparation and follow-up of the delegation trips. The first trips have already taken place and the delegations will select scholarship holders for 2016 by December. Your selection takes place in two stages. First, the embassy makes a preselection, while in the second step a German delegation travels to the IPS region concerned to hold talks with the proposed applicants. The delegations each consist of a member of parliament, a high-ranking university representative and a high-ranking employee of the administration of the German Bundestag. Since there have been no participants from Montenegro at the IPS in the last two years, we are very much looking forward to welcoming another scholarship holder from Montenegro in 2016. Fortunately, the number of applications for the IPS 2016 was 716, more than we are looking forward to welcoming you to Berlin in March! Competition for a trip to Berlin Dear alumni, would you like to visit old friends from the Bundestag again? Get to know new scholarship holders? Don't miss our anniversary event? All you have to do is fill out the alumni contact form by January 31, 2016! You can find the form under Follow-up contacts. Then click on the contact form at the end of the page and fill it out. Alumni whose personal data has changed, who have a new job or ideas and suggestions on how we can better reach IPS prospects can also enter new information here. A trip to the anniversary event in June 2016 will be raffled off among all participants in the competition. We look forward to numerous participants and wish you good luck! Farewell to Mrs. Stamer Lange and committed our valued colleague Dolores Stamer worked for the IPS program. She retired in June 2015. As the former reporter Wolfgang Börnsen aptly put it, she was the heart of the IPS and was able to be both a loving, generous mother and chief diplomat in one. With her own charm she created bridges between all participants and solved small and big problems. All the best for the new phase of your life, Ms. Stamer! UNDP - website about parliament AGORA is a platform for all questions about parliament. Information for parliamentarians, students and interested parties from all countries is available in English, French, Arabic and Portuguese. In addition to a virtual library, there are e-learning courses and a climate portal. Further information at: Also on Twitter and Facebook (AgoraParl). Imprint Publisher: German Bundestag - Administration Section WI 4 International Exchange Programs Luisenstrasse 32-34, Berlin Texts: see article; Photos p. 13: German Bundestag, / Ms. Anke Jacob Responsible: Marc Bomhoff, Sabine Holthusen, Katharina Liesenberg German Bundestag, Berlin 2015 All rights reserved 12

13 Another highlight in the program: The 2015 scholarship evening! 13th