Jenny Erpenbeck

German author Jenny Erpenbeck awarded the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize

Jenny Erpenbeck received the prestigious Independent Foreign Fiction Prize – now in its 25th year – for her novel The End of Days, being both the first living and the first female German writer ever to be awarded this accolade.

Welcome reception at Dresden's Frauenkirche with Wolfgang Schäuble

Meeting of the G7 finance ministers and central bank governors in Dresden

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble and Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann hosted the finance ministers and central bank governors of the G7 states in Dresden from 27 to 29 May 2015. Among other things, it serves as preparation for the G7 summit at Schloss Elmau on 7-8 June 2015.

David Cameron and Angela Merkel during the Chancellor's London visit in January

Merkel to welcome Cameron in Berlin on Friday

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will welcome Prime Minister David Cameron with military honours to Berlin on 29 May at the Federal Chancellery.

The westwork of Corvey abbey, Germany's newest UNESCO site

Imperial Abbey of Corvey inaugurated as World Heritage site

The Imperial Abbey of Corvey in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia has joined the list of German UNESCO World Heritage sites. On 26 May, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier unveiled the plaque marking the Abbey as a World Heritage site.

Ambassador Ammon received the Freedom of the City of London

Ambassador Ammon Receives Freedom of the City of London

Ambassador Ammon received the Freedom of the City of London at Chamberlain’s Court in London's Guildhall. With the toast "The youngest Freeman", the Chief Commoner welcomed the Ambassador into the group of Freemen of the City of London.

Apply now for the Green Talents Competition 2015

Are you an up-and-coming scientist with original ideas and a strong focus on sustainable development? Does your research have the potential to change the world? Then the Green Talents competition may just be for you.

Germany's frigate Bayern (pictured here in 2012) is currently taking part in the mission

Germany’s continues to take part in EU mission Atalanta

The Bundestag, Germany’s Parliament, has approved a Cabinet decision that German armed forces will continue to participate in the EU mission Atalanta in the Horn of Africa. The mission protects international commercial shipping and fights piracy.

Angela Merkel meeting the presidents of the largest business associations of the G7 states

G7 business associations at the Federal Chancellery

In the run-up to the G7 summit German Chancellor Angela Merkel met with the presidents of the largest business associations of the G7 states to discuss social and environmental principles in world trade. She espressed her delight at the business community advocating compliance with the OECD standards for corporate social responsibility worldwide.

HRH Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, and Saxony’s Minister President Stanislaw Tillich

Duke of Kent awarded Saxonian Order of Merit

HRH Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, was presented with the Saxonian Order of Merit on 21 May 2015 aboard the German frigate FGS Sachsen.

"If we are to be good neighbours we must offer our partners the chance  to move closer to the EU in political and economic terms."

"The Eastern Partnership is more important than ever"

Chancellor Merkel has underlined the importance of the EU’s partnership with the states of Eastern Europe. Not least because of Russia’s actions, the idea of the partnership is today more important than ever, she said, and stressed, "The Eastern Partnership is not directed against anyone." Angela Merkel also described the G7 states as a "community of shared values".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers a speech during the opening of the 68th World Health Assembly at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva

World Health Assembly: Joining forces to tackle epidemics

"Health is a human right," said Chancellor Angela Merkel at the World Health Assembly in Geneva. This makes it all the more urgent to draw up a global disaster response plan to tackle epidemics. Health is one of the priorities of Germany's G7 Presidency.

Angela Merkel at the 6th Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Berlin on 19 May 2015

Germany increases funding for climate action

Germany is to provide more support for the poorest countries of the world, to help them cope with the consequences of climate change, said Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Berlin.

Dr Andreas Prothmann (left) at the Hanse Business Convention in King’s Lynn on 15 May 2015

Hanse Business Convention in King’s Lynn: Doing Business with Germany

Speaking on the topic of "Doing Business with Germany", Dr Andreas Prothmann, Head of the German Embassy's Economic Department, spoke at the Hanse Business Convention in King’s Lynn on 15 May 2015.

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier prior to the joint European Foreign and Defense Ministers meeting at the European Council Headquarters in Brussels

Common concept for EU refugee rescue

Amid the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean, a common approach to rescuing refugees was the focus of a meeting of EU Foreign and Defence Ministers in Brussels on 18 May.

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Ambassador Peter Ammon

Ambassador Peter Ammon

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

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The heads of state and government of the Group of Seven, known as G7, will meet in Germany on 7 and 8 June 2015.

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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.