Erecting the maypole in Dresden

1 May traditions

In Germany 1 May is celebrated as the end of the cold season to welcome spring. Plenty of colourful traditions attract people to leave their houses and enjoy the outdoors. It is also known as Labour Day in Germany.

Important

Please note that the Embassy will be closed on Friday, 1 May and Monday, 4 May.

Employment slightly up in March 2015 year on year

Employment in Germany slightly up in March

Employment in Germany rose by 0.6 percent year on year in March 2015 according to provisional calculations of the German Statistical Office. This means that roughly 42.5 million persons resident in Germany were in employment, which is an increase of 238,000 persons year on year.

Cambridge University

New German Studies Hub for Cambridge University

To further promote German Studies in the UK, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) joined forces with the University of Cambridge to create a new research hub on German Studies at the world-renowned university.

European Council in Dublin

Green light for reunification from the European Economic Community

On 28 April 1990 all heads of states and governments of the EEC welcomed the reunification of Germany at a special summit held in Dublin. This was an important step on the way to unity, as prior to that some of the twelve member states had raised concerns.

Chancellor Angela Merkel, Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb and UK Prime Minister David Cameron at the summit

Special European Council meeting on the deaths of refugees: Saving lives

In Brussels, the EU heads of state and government discussed steps to protect refugees. Funding for Triton und Poseidon is to be tripled. Germany will send two ships for support.

Frank-Walter Steinmeier opening the exhibition

Steinmeier opens exhibition 1945 – Defeat. Liberation. New Beginning.

Seventy years after the liberation of Germany and the end of the Second World War, the Deutsches Historisches Museum (German Historical Museum) is presenting an exhibition on the immediate post-war period in 12 European countries. Foreign Minister Steinmeier opened the exhibition in Berlin on 23 April.

A screen grab taken from a video released by ISIS allegedly showing the destruction of parts of a frieze at the ancient Iraqi town of Nimrud

Germany and Iraq announce joint initiative within UN in response to ISIS' destruction of cultural property

"It is high time for the international community to join forces to save Iraq’s cultural property from the barbaric acts committed by the ISIS terrorist group," said Minister of State Maria Böhmer as representatives of Germany and Iraq announced a joint initiative to draft a UN General Assembly resolution in response to the destruction and looting of cultural property by ISIS

Berlin

German Government expects 1.8% GDP growth

The German economy is expected to grow by 1.8 percent in 2015 and 2016, said Sigmar Gabriel, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, as he presented Germany’s latest growth forecast on 22 April.

German Chancellor at G7 Dialogue with Civil Society

Chancellor Angela Merkel at G7 Dialogue Forum

In preparation for the G7 Summit at Schloss Elmau in Bavaria in June 2015, German Chancellor Angela Merkel met national and international representatives of non-governmental organisations at the G7 Dialogue Forum in Berlin on 20 April.

Steinmeier marking the 70 anniversary of the liberation of Sachsenhausen concentration camp

"Memory has no expiry date" – Steinmeier commemorates liberation of Sachsenhausen

In an emotional speech on 19 April marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Sachsenhausen concentration camp and the 50th anniversary of German-Israeli diplomatic relations, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that "memory has no expiry date". Click here to read his speech in full.

All fiscal policy targets that Germany laid out in last year's Stability Programme were achieved in full

Germany's debt to decrease, as economy continues to grow above average

Germany’s debt ratio is expected to keep falling while rising employment is predicted to set a new record this year. By 2019, German debt is expected to fall to about 61 percent of GDP.

"Exploring the Emerging Digital Frontiers: From Mind to Market" at the German Embassy

Exploring the Emerging Digital Frontiers: From Mind to Market

On 17 April, Minister Dr Andreas Prothmann, Head of the Economic Department of the German Embassy London, hosted an afternoon of presentations, lectures and a panel discussion on the topic “Exploring the Emerging Digital Frontiers: From Mind to Market”. The event took place as part of the Embassy Talks Series.

German Teacher Award Ceremony 2014

German Teacher Award 2015

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

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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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G7 Summit

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.