Fall of the Berlin Wall (November 1989)

25 Years since the Fall of the Berlin Wall

In November 1989, the Berlin Wall came crashing down, leading to the eventual reunification of Germany. Cheering crowds on both sides of the Wall celebrated a new beginning for Germany. Take a look at this page to learn more about the wide range of projects and events commemorating the Fall of the Wall this year, in both Germany and the UK.

Important

The Embassy will be closed on Friday 3 October 2014 due to German Unity Day.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier at the German Embassy in Prague, 30 September 2014

Steinmeier meets former refugees from the German Embassy in Prague

In the autumn of 1989, thousands of East Germans sought refuge in the West German Embassy in Prague. On 30 September, Hans-Dietrich Genscher, then West German Foreign Minister, announced that the refugees would be allowed to travel to the Federal Republic of Germany. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier was among the guests attending a ceremony to mark the 25th anniversary of this historic event.

The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, one of Germany's central national monuments

BBC Radio 4 launches 'Germany: Memories of a Nation'

The first episode of BBC Radio 4’s new series Germany: Memories of a Nation aired on 29 September. Presented by Neil MacGregor, director of the British Museum, the series explores 600 years of German history through an eclectic range of objects - starting with the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier in New York, 26 September 2014

Help for refugees: international conference in Berlin

In view of the current refugee crisis in Syria, Germany is organising an international conference, set to take place in Berlin on 28 October.

Day of German Unity Celebrations in Hanover

This year's celebrations for the anniversary of German reunification will take place in Hanover. From 2 to 3 October, international visitors and Germans from all over the country will gather to comemmorate the peaceful revolution which led to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

Steinmeier in New York

Steinmeier speaks at UN General Assembly

At his speech at the 69th UN General Assembly on 27 September, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier focused on the crisis in Ukraine and the Middle East, as well as the Ebola outbreak. Read his speech in full here.

G7 foreign ministers in New York

G7 Foreign Ministers discuss Isis, Ebola and Ukraine

In a meeting chaired by German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on the fringe of UN General Assembly in New York, the G7 foreign ministers focused on the threat posed by the terrorist organisation Islamic State, the outbreak of Ebola in western Africa and the situation in Ukraine.

Saxony: Christmas market in Chemnitz

German reunification report: Greater economic vitality and a better quality of life

25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, differences in the quality of life between the eastern and western parts of Germany have largely disappeared. The eastern German infrastructure has been modernised and its economy stands on a solid foundation, a German government report on the state of reunification shows.

Oktoberfest 2014

Oktoberfest in the UK

Do you wish you had a chance to head to Germany this year for the annual Oktoberfest? Don't despair, there are several places right here in the UK putting on their very own Oktoberfest events. Click here for a selection of some of them.

Germany's Schleswig-Holstein earlier this year

Germany's Schleswig-Holstein frigate takes part in Cougar 2014

German frigate Schleswig-Holstein has joined the Royal Navy’s Response Force Task Group (RFTG) as part of Cougar 14 – the annual RFTG workout that visits several countries in the Mediterranean and Gulf region.

Michael Roth in January 2014

Roth: "Germany in a changing EU"

Michael Roth, Minister of State for Europe at the German Foreign Office has spoken in Dublin at the Institute of International and European Affairs about "Germany in a changing EU". In his speech on 22 September, he outlined Germany's European Union Policy. Read the speech in full here.

Afghan election candidates sign agreement on unity government

Afghanistan: German government welcomes government of national unity

The German government welcomes the agreement reached by the two presidential contenders, Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, to establish a government of national unity.

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.