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Dominik Mutter

Dominik Mutter

Prior to coming to Washington, D.C., in July 2013, Mr. Mutter served as the Deputy Head of the Division for Parliamentary and Cabinet Affairs at the German Foreign Office. His previous postings with the Foreign Office include three years at the European Affairs Directorate; a posting to Cairo, Egypt; and two years at the Federal Chancellery, where he worked on Arabic, African, and Latin American issues as a member of Chancellor Merkel’s foreign policy team.

Mr. Mutter first came to the United States as a foreign exchange student in 1988 and later spent a year at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Affairs. He holds a Master’s Degree in Modern History, American Studies, and Political Science from Freiburg University, Germany. He is married and has three children.


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THURSDAY, MAY 15, 2014
Hilton Akron/Fairlawn

Germany and the U.S. – Economic and Political Initiatives

Dominik Mutter, Minister Counselor for Political Affairs at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Washington, D.C.

REGISTER NOWDeadline: Saturday, May 10

Ukraine Crisis Update

Mr. Mutter will address the status of Ukraine's scheduled
presidential elections coming up on May 25. He will also discuss the European Union's and Germany's responses to the crisis.

U.S.-German economic relations

The German economy emphasizes "Mittelstand", the small-and medium-sized companies that have proven resilient in the face of global economic crisis. The U.S. is the main investment destination for German companies. Subsidiaries of U.S.companies have created more jobs in Germany than in any other country. This close economic relationship between the U.S. and Germany is based on shared belief in free trade, individual enterprise and open markets. Mr. Mutter will address aspects of this relationship.

Skills Initiative

The German Embassy in the U.S. is bringing together German and American businesses and educators to develop training programs best suited to businesses' needs. The objective is to identify and spread best practices in sustainable workforce development in the U.S. In Germany, around 60% of young people take part in a dual system of vocational training. Some 40% are women. This is a system in which a company provides practical training, while vocational schools supplement this with theoretical instruction. This offers participants a recognized training and career path after high school, an alternative or complement to university education.

Germany's Centrist Government's

Angela Merkel continues as head of Germany's government. She has been serving in this position since 2005 when she became the youngest Chancellor ever, the first woman and the first former East German. Her approval ratings remain above 60%. She is recognized for her ability to facilitate consensus. Mr. Mutter will outline how this relates to addressing significant challenges in his country and in the EU.

Mr. Mutter will respond to questions from attendees following his formal presentation.

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6:00 p.m. Registration/Cash Bar
6:45 p.m. Dinner
7:30 p.m. Formal Program, followed by Questions & Answers and Discussion

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7:30 p.m. Formal Program, followed by Questions & Answers and Discussion

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