US naval ship Cape Ray docks in Italy, 1 July 2014

Neutralisation of Syrian chemical weapons successfully completed

The neutralisation of Syrian chemical weapons aboard the US naval ship Cape Ray was successfully completed on 19 August. Germany played a major role throughout the process, and will also handle the safe destruction of this chemical material from September.

German Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks at a press conference presenting the German Environment Agency's annual report, 19 August 2014

German government pledges €1.85 billion to climate protection in developing countries

This year, the German government has pledged €1.85 billion to support the development of climate protection measures in developing countries, where the negative effects of climate change are already making themselves felt.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Iraq, 16 August 2014.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Iraq

In view of the dramatically escalating situation in Iraq, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier travelled to Baghdad and Erbil on 16 August to gain a clearer picture of the situation on the ground.

The four Foreign Ministers in Berlin

Foreign Ministers of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany meet in Berlin to discuss Ukraine crisis

A road map for a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, and a framework for effective border controls were at the centre of discussions between the foreign ministers of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany in Berlin on 17 August.

The Quadriga on top of the Brandenburg gate, Berlin.

German public debt down for first time since 1950

The debt owed by Germany to the non-public sector is down year-on-year for the first time since the statistics were originally compiled in 1950, the Federal Statistical Office reports.

German Book Prize 2014: Longlist announced

German Book Prize 2014: 20 novels nominated

The nominees for the German Book Prize 2014 have been determined. A seven-member jury has compiled the longlist of 20 novels after reviewing 176 titles that were published or will be published between October 2013 and 10 September 2014.

Edinburgh

Ambassador Ammon in Edinburgh

This week, Dr Peter Ammon undertook his first visit to Edinburgh as German Ambassador to the United Kingdom.

German Minister of Defence Ursula von der Leyen receives British Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon in Berlin, Germany, 12 August 2014

UK Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon visits Berlin

On 12 August, German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen met with her British counterpart Michael Fallon in Berlin. This meeting formed part of Fallon's first official visit to Berlin since becoming Secretary of State for Defence on 15 July.

Vegetable market in Germany

Russia bans imports of agricultural produce

Russia has announced a ban on the import of numerous agricultural and food products. Federal Minister of Agriculture Christian Schmidt regretted the import ban, which he said would harm Russia most of all.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier in July 2014

Steinmeier on Gaza: "Long-term solutions needed"

On 7 August, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier welcomed talks in Cairo aimed at negotiating a lasting ceasefire in the Middle East conflict.

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

Germany provides further €1 million for the fight against Ebola

In view of the increasing number of Ebola cases and the danger that the disease will spread uncontrollably in West Africa, the German government has agreed to provide a further €1 million to support the World Health Organisation (WHO) in its work to combat the virus.

A firework display over the Rhine in Düsseldorf, celebrating the city's annual Japan Day

Visiting Germany

Planning a holiday? Take a look at the huge range of destinations Germany has to offer – our special feature is crammed with ideas on where to go and what to do.

Brandenburg Gate in Berlin

Professional Tour for British Teachers of History

The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in London, together with the Federal Foreign Office, organises a professional tour for British teachers of history in Berlin from 26 to 31 October 2014.

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 in 2014 will be celebrated by numerous events in Britain and Germany.