Friday, May 7, 2010

Volkmar Shulz Returns to Indianapolis

"An Update on the Current Political and Economic Situation in Germany" is the topic for a presentation by Volkmar Schultz, former member of German Budestag. The luncheon begins at noon at Lutheran Child and Family Services, 1525 North Ritter Avenue, Indianapolis. Reservations (due by 10 May) should be made with Danielle Stiles, 317:359-5467 x410.

The event is sponsored by Indianapolis Eric M. Warburg Chapter of the American Council on Germany, the Indianapolis-Cologne Sister City Committee, Indiana German Heritage Society, Foundation for Lutheran Child and Family Services, and the Max Kade German-American Center at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis.

Schultz is a former member of the Bundestag and has been a member of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) since 1965. From 1980 until 1994, he was a member of the State Parliament of North-Rhine-Westphalia. In that capacity he acted as the Deputy Chairman of the SPD Parliamentary Group and served as the Chairman of the Committee on Urban Renewal and Housing. Elected to the German Bundestag in 1994, he has since been one of the most active supporters of close transatlantic relations. Re-elected in 1998, he served on the Foreign Relations Committee and concentrated again on North American affairs. He also acted as the Chairman of the German-American Parliamentary Group, seeking close political and personal contacts to members of the US Congress.

After his retirement in 2002 he has volunteered as an advisor to several transatlantic non-profit organizations, among them the German Marshall Fund of the United States, The American Jewish Committee, Berlin Office, and Bridge of Understanding. He remains an observer of the transatlantic "theater", of the European development and domestic German politics. For the Association of Former Members of the Bundestag he still serves as a delegate to the Annual Congress-Bundestag Transatlantic Conference.


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