Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Schäuble and Merkel in the Bundestag earlier this month

Ukraine: Russia has a special responsibility

The situation in eastern Ukraine again worsened over the weekend. In the face of Russia’s threat to cut off gas supplies, the German government is calling for solidarity on the part of European states. At a meeting in Luxembourg the EU foreign ministers approved further financial assistance for Ukraine.

Kevin Rudd and Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Berlin

Security policy in East Asia in the light of 1914

As part of the 1914/2014 year of commemoration, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Prof. Alexander Koch, President of the German Historical Museum Foundation, hosted a debate on security policy in East Asia in the light of 1914. Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd spoke at the event.

Aung San Suu Kyi and Frank-Walter Steinmeier

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi in Germany

Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier welcomed Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, opposition leader from Myanmar, at the Federal Foreign Office on 10 April. Their talks focuses on domestic developments in Myanmar and on bilateral relations.

Financial district in Frankfurt

IMF World Economic Outlook: Much praise for Germany

A stable labour market, rising domestic demand and more investment – according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Germany is doing almost everything right. Overall, the world economy can look to the future with confidence.

Steinmeier in the Bundestag earlier this week

Steinmeier: Foreign policy is the opposite of undue military zeal

In a Bundestag debate on the Federal Foreign Office budget for 2014, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier expressed his views on the principles of German foreign policy. "Foreign policy is the opposite of undue military zeal", he said in the German parliament on 10 April.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier

Germany's role in mission to destroy Syrian chemical weapons

On 9 April, the German Bundestag agreed on the mandate that will allow the Bundeswehr, Germany’s Federal Armed Forces, to provide the protection required for Syria’s chemical weapons to be destroyed on board US vessel MV Cape Ray.

Michael Wollny

Competition: Win Tickets for Michael Wollny in Cheltenham

German jazz pianist Michael Wollny will play six concerts with his Trio in the UK between April and August 2014. Here you can win two tickets for his gig at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival in May.

Merkel speaking in the Bundestag on 9 April

2014 budget: Sound finances for more growth

The first budget without new borrowing is within reach, said Chancellor Angela Merkel in the German Bundestag on Wednesday (9 April). 2014 will see a structurally balanced budget, and in 2015 no new borrowing should be required.

Woman showing her inked finger after casting her ballot in Kabul

Steinmeier: Elections in Afghanistan are encouraging

The news from Afghanistan about the election is encouraging, said German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Berlin on Sunday.

Wind energy (in Brandenburg)

Renewable Energies: Using the opportunities of the energy shift

The main concern of the 2014 Renewable Energies Law is to keep costs down without halting the expansion of renewable energies, and thus Germany’s shift to a more sustainable energy supply. The German government will ensure that the generation of green power is more market-oriented in future.

Special Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi in March this year

Core Group condemns Assad’s plans to hold elections in Syria

Along with its fellow core group members, the German Government is urging the government in Damascus to return to the negotiating table in Geneva and embark on a path leading to a political settlement and an end to violence. Only as part of a peace process can elections in Syria have true legitimacy.


Attention all German Teachers in the UK!

If you know a truly outstanding German teacher at your school – make sure that their dedication and excellence get the recognition they deserve!

Elections to the European Parliament 2014

Elections to the European Parliament

Important information for Germans living in the UK: Elections to the European Parliament will take place between 22 and 25 May 2014. In Germany, voting will be on 25 May. Click here for more information regarding the elections and how to cast your vote.

Commemorating World War I

Battle of Passchendaele 1917

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

300 Years of British-German Royal Ties

'Kings and Queens, House of Hanover' Presentation Pack

The 300th Anniversary of this British-German royal link in 2014 will be celebrated by numerous events in Britain and Germany.