Rothenburg ob der Tauber in winter

Christmas is coming!

Count down the last few days to Christmas with our Advent calendar - not long left to go now!

German Development Minister Gerd Müller and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier give a statement ahead of the UN conference in Berlin, 18 December 2014

International Migrants Day marked in Berlin

To mark International Migrants Day on 18 December, the German Foreign Office hosted a UN conference on plans to help Syrian refugees, as well as an event to honour volunteers supporting refugees in Germany.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier arrives in Kyiv, 19 December 2014

Steinmeier visits Ukraine

On 19 December, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier travelled to Ukraine for talks with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk. Throughout his visit, Steinmeier emphasised the important role of the OSCE's contact group in efforts to implement the Minsk Protocol. 

Wind energy plant, Leipzig

Usage of energy from renewable sources up in 2014

Usage of renewable energy in Germany has increased in 2014, with 11.1 per cent of energy coming from renewables. This year, greenhouse gas emissions were around 5 per cent lower than in 2013 - the lowest level since reunification in 1990.

Christmas Truce football match

To commemorate the 1914 Christmas Truce, several football matches between German and British teams have taken place. On 17 December, the British Army took on the Bundeswehr in Aldershot.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers her government statement to the Bundestag in Berlin, 18 December 2014

European Council meeting in Brussels

From 18 to 19 December, the European Council is meeting in Brussels. Major topics on the agenda include the situation in Ukraine, the European economy, and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

Container ship in the port of Hamburg

German economy in remarkably good shape

The German economy remains in remarkably good shape, the Bundesbank said in its December monthly report. This not only benefits domestic activity but also enables German exporters to seize opportunities on foreign markets, the Bundesbank said.

Steinmeier speaking in the Bundestag on 5 December 2014

Merkel and Steinmeier condemn terrorist attack on a school in Pakistan

 German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier condemned in the strongest possible terms the brutal attack by radical Islamic Taliban on a school in northwestern Pakistan that killed over 100 people.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier gives a press conference following the summit in Brussels, 15 December 2014

EU foreign ministers discuss international crises

On 15 December, EU foreign ministers gathered in Brussels for their final meeting before Christmas. Key items on the agenda were the crises in Ukraine, Syria, Iraq and Libya. The ministers also agreed on a new initiative to revitalise the process of developing closer relations between the Balkans and the EU.

Angela Merkel

Merkel: xenophobia has no place in Germany

Chancellor Angel Merkel has condemned the Pegida anti-Islam protests that have taken place in Dresden and other German cities. Merkel said that while everyone had the right to protest in Germany, there is no place for incitement and lies about people who come to Germany from other countries.

Refugees find shelter in northen Iraq's mainly Kurdish region

Supporting the fight against IS: Mandate for a training mission in Iraq

Before Christmas the Bundestag, the German parliament, is to decide on a mandate for a larger-scale Bundeswehr training mission in Iraq. The German government plans to deploy about 100 soldiers to the Kurdish autonomous region in northern Iraq.

Liberian health workers on the way to bury a woman who died of the Ebola virus in July 2014

Germany continues to support fight against Ebola

Germany is supporting efforts to combat the spread of the Ebola virus, as the outbreak continues to claim lives in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Cologne cityscape

City profile: Cologne

Covering both banks of the Rhine and home to over a million people, Cologne is the largest city in the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

German Minister for the Environment Barbara Hendricks

Climate summit smooths way for comprehensive climate protection agreement

The UN climate summit in Lima has created a foundation for a new global climate deal, which is to be adopted at next year’s climate conference in Paris.

City Hall Hanover

Germany increasingly popular among British tourists

Between January and September 2014, the number of overnight stays in Germany from abroad increased to 58.8 million. Overnight stays by visitors from the UK were up 4.2 percent compared to the same period last year.

Von der Leyen inspecting a Guard of Honour on Horse Guards Parade

German Defence Minister in London

German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen met with her UK counterpart Michael Fallon in London on 11 December to discuss shared security challenges.

German cabinet

Germany is making good progress

In its first year, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s grand coalition of CDU/CSU and SPD has made good progress in achieving the projects lined out in its coalition agreement.

Roland Biermann at 34 Belgrave Square

World Premiere of Biermann’s new short film "White Cube/White Wall" at the German Embassy

Marking the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, the Cultural Departartment hosted the the world premiere of G. Roland Biermann’s new short film "White Cube/White Wall" at 34 Belgrave Square on 11 December.

Ambassador Peter Ammon

Ambassador Peter Ammon

Dr Peter Ammon is the German Ambassador to the Court of St. James's.

Commemorating World War One

Franz Marc, Réconciliation, 1912

2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One. Here you can find a collection of informative websites about events in Germany and beyond, as well as speeches and articles by German politicians and international figures.

300 Years of British-German Royal Ties

'Kings and Queens, House of Hanover' Presentation Pack

The 300th Anniversary of this British-German royal link is being celebrated with numerous exciting and colourful events in Britain and Germany throughout 2014.

German missions in the UK