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Usage of energy from renewable sources up in 2014

19 December 2014 | German Embassy London
Wind energy plant, Leipzig

Usage of renewable energy in Germany has increased in 2014, with 11.1 per cent of energy coming from renewables. This year, greenhouse gas emissions were around 5 per cent lower than in 2013 - the lowest level since reunification in 1990.

International Migrants Day marked in Berlin

19 December 2014 | German Embassy London
German Development Minister Gerd Müller and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier give a statement ahead of the UN conference in Berlin, 18 December 2014

To mark International Migrants Day on 18 December, the German Foreign Office hosted a UN conference on plans to help Syrian refugees, as well as an event to honour volunteers supporting refugees in Germany.

European Council meeting in Brussels

18 December 2014 | German Embassy London
German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers her government statement to the Bundestag in Berlin, 18 December 2014

From 18 to 19 December, the European Council is meeting in Brussels. Major topics on the agenda include the situation in Ukraine, the European economy, and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

Merkel discusses Ukraine crisis with Putin, Poroshenko and Hollande

17 December 2014 | German Embassy London
German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Cologne, 10 December 2014

In the evening of 16 December, German Chancellor Angela Merkel took part in a telephone conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and French President Francois Hollande. This discussion focussed on the current situation in Ukraine.

Merkel and Steinmeier condemn terrorist attack on a school in Pakistan

17 December 2014 | German Embassy London
Steinmeier speaking in the Bundestag on 5 December 2014

 German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier condemned in the strongest possible terms the brutal attack by radical Islamic Taliban on a school in northwestern Pakistan that killed over 100 people.