Jurgen Schulz (Director General Security Policy, German Foreign Office); Hartmut Meyer (Fellow, University of Oxford); Rem Korteweg (Senior Research Fellow, Centre for European Reform); Prof Malcolm Chalmers (Research Director, Royal United Services Institute)

Reviewing German foreign policy in a changing Europe

With rising conflicts threatening the stability of Europe’s neighbourhood, many observers are asking whether Germany should play a more active role in solving international crises. This question was at the centre of the workshop “Reviewing German Foreign Policy in a changing Europe”, hosted by the London branch of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) on 16 October 2014 as part of the German Foreign Office's 'Review 2014'.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier speaks at the opening of the World Health Summit in Berlin, 19 October 2014

Steinmeier: Ebola "a threat to international peace and security"

On 19 October, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier addressed the World Health Summit in Berlin. Whilst the Summit covers a whole range of health policy issues, the key focus of this year's meeting is the Ebola epidemic.

Dr Edmund Stoiber speaks at a German Embassy event on EU regulation, 14 October 2013

Cutting red tape in Europe: High Level Group report published

On 14 October 2014, the EU's "High Level Group on Administrative Burdens" launched its final report, entitled "Cutting Red Tape in Europe – Legacy and Outlook". The working group, chaired by former Minister-President of Bavaria, Dr Edmund Stoiber, was set up in 2007 to find ways to simplify EU legislation and reduce EU bureaucracy. 

Ebola outbreak in Liberia

Germany pledges further €84.7million to fight against Ebola

On 17 October, the German goverment pledged a further €84.7million to the fight against the Ebola virus, bringing its total contribution so far to over €100 million.

Syrian Kurdish refugees at a camp near Sulaymaniyah, Iraq, 16 October 2014

Increasing Germany's commitment to humanitarian aid

Germany is providing humanitarian assistance to alleviate human suffering caused by conflicts and natural disasters on an ever larger scale. This is underpinned by the report on German humanitarian aid abroad 2010/2013 adopted by the government on 16 October. During this period, German assistance totalled approximately €1.13 billion.

Day of German Unity celebrations at the Embassy

Celebrating the Day of German Unity

On 15 October, the Embassy hosted its annual celebration of the Day of German Unity. Ambassador Peter Ammon and his wife Marliese Heimann-Ammon welcomed numerous guests from Britain and Germany to commemorate not only the reunification of Germany on 3 October 1990, but also the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall on 9 November 1989.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks on ASEM in the Bundestag, Berlin, 16 October 2014

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends ASEM Summit

From 16 to 17 October, German Chancellor Angela Merkel  attended the 10th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit in Milan. The summit represented an opportunity to discuss issues of common interest to both European and Asian countries.

Funding for WWI projects for schools and youth groups

UK-German Connection offers a flexible funding scheme for schools, colleges and youth groups planning to undertake joint WWI-related projects involving young people from the UK and Germany.

Federal Minister of Economics Sigmar Gabriel

Domestic economy drives growth

The German economy is expected to grow 1.2 per cent this year, and 1.3 per cent next year, the German government has said in its autumn projections.

German Commissioner for Culture Monika Grütters embraces Holocaust survivor Margot Friedländer at the ceremony in Berlin, 15 October 2014

Commemorating 73 years since deportation of Jews from Berlin began

In October 1941, the deportation of thousands of Jews from Berlin to Nazi ghettos, concentration camps and extermination camps began. The 73rd anniversary of this event was marked by a commemoration ceremony at the Gleis 17 (Platform 17) memorial at the S-Bahn station Grunewald in Berlin on 15 October 2014.

Government Commissioner for Culture Monika Grütters with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, September 2014

New centre for recovery of looted art in Germany

The German government has decided to found a new central institution to supervise the process of finding and identifying artworks looted during the Nazi period.

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.

Skyline of Frankfurt

German economic fundamentals remain positive despite slowdown in the summer

While the German economy recorded a slowdown this summer, positive economic fundamentals - such as the competitiveness of German companies, stable public finances, a robust labour market and low interest rates - suggest that the underlying cyclical trend will point upwards again as soon as market uncertainty disappears.

German poet Eduard Mörike

Poetry competition in conjunction with Germany: Memories of a Nation

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Institute of Modern Languages Research (IMLR) have launched a poetry competition to accompany the British Museum's latest exhibition, Germany: Memories of a Nation. Divided into three categories - secondary school pupils (aged 12 and above), undergraduates, and other adult participants - this competition closes on 14 November 2014.

Munich Security Conference 2014

Munich Security Conference announces Junior Ambassadors programme

The Munich Security Conference (MSC) has announced the third round of its Junior Ambassadors programme, offering three students or young professionals the chance to attend next year’s Conference through an essay contest. Travel and accommodation expenses will be paid for.

Pension consultation

International pensions consultations: Your German and British pension rights

On 28 and 29 October the annual international pension consultations will take place in London. Here you will find more information about this event, which will be held at the German YMCA / Lancaster Hall Hotel this year.

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.