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The Path Forward for the German-American Partnership in a Period of Crises

May 2 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

The LA Warburg Chapter will host a discussion and luncheon with Peter Beyer, Member of the Bundestag (CDU)

Peter Beyer has served in the German Bundestag since 2009.

After finishing his higher education entrance qualification in 1991, he completed his military service in Wuppertal. Beyer then studied law at the universities of Düsseldorf and Bonn. In 1999, he graduated from university and was admitted to the bar.

Mr. Beyer began his legal career as an associate attorney for the US-headquartered firm of Mayer, Brown & Platt (now Mayer Brown). He also worked with Brinks, Hofer, Gilson & Lione in Chicago, and Murchison & Cumming in Los Angeles. In 2000, he enrolled in a postgraduate legal studies program at the University of Virginia School of Law in Charlottesville and received a Master of Laws degree. Returning to Germany, Beyer practiced law at the BEYER Intellectual Property firm in Ratingen, where he became one of the country’s first officially certified intellectual property lawyers.

Mr. Beyer was directly elected in his constituency in the general elections in 2009, 2013, 2017, and 2021 to represent the citizens of Heiligenhaus, Ratingen, Velbert, and Wülfrath.

A committed Atlanticist for many years, Mr. Beyer stands out among Members of the German Bundestag and his party as one of the most committed advocates of a strong transatlantic relationship with the United States and Canada. He serves as parliamentary Special Rapporteur on Transatlantic Relations in the Committee on Foreign Affairs. He was a Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe from 2018 to 2022. In April 2018, Beyer was appointed Coordinator of Transatlantic Cooperation of the Federal Government (2018-2022). Mr. Beyer has been the Foreign Affairs Committee’s main rapporteur on the Western Balkans for twelve years. In July 2022, he was elected spokesperson of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the Committee of Inquiry on Afghanistan. He is one of the most experienced foreign and security policy experts in his parliamentary group.

He is an active member of Atlantik-Brücke in addition to numerous organizations in his district. Mr. Beyer serves also as Executive Vice-President of the German American Association and also of the Southeast Europe Association and as President of the Federal Assembly of Silesia in Germany.