German unity celebrations outside the Bundestage on 3 October 2015

Messages from Federal President Gauck and Foreign Mininster Steinmeier on occasion of Day of German Unity

On 3 October, Germany will celebrate 26 years of Unity. On the occasion of this year's Day of German Unity, Federal President Joachim Gauck and Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier reflect upon the historic events that led to a reunited Germany and call for unity and action in the face of the European and global challenges ahead.


Please note that the Embassy in London, as well as the Consulate General in Edinburgh will be closed on Monday, 3 October.

The German flag and the Union Jack in Berlin

Information for German citizens living in the United Kingdom

If you are a German citizen living in the United Kingdom, click here for more information regarding the result of the referendum on British EU membership.

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2016 Report on State of German Unity

Each year the Federal Government publishes a report on developments since German Reunification. This year's report looks at the ongoing progress of united Germany in economic areas, the alignment of pensions in former East and West Germany and various other topics.

Porsche factory in Leipzig

Unemployment down as German job market continues six-year growth

German unemployment declined considerably in September. New figures from the The Federal Employment Agency show the unemployment rate fell to 5.9 percent, the lowest unemployment rate since March 1991.

Toni Erdmann

German films at the 2016 BFI London Film Festival

With numerous feature films, including critically acclaimed tragi-comedy Toni Erdmann, the 60th BFI London Film Festival (LFF) provides an excellent opportunity to catch up on the latest German language films.

New Books In German

New Books in German celebrates 20th anniversary

Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, New Books in German (NBG) has become a household name as a collaborative initiative dedicated to contemporary German-language literature and translation.

British-German All-Party Parliamentary Group visits Berlin

British-German All-Party Parliamentary Group visits Berlin

Strengthening German–British relations post-Brexit was the purpose of a four-day visit of the British-German All-Party Parliamentary Group to Berlin from 17 - 20 September 2016.

Frank-Walter Steinmeier speaking in New York

Steinmeier announces German candidacy for seat on UN Security Council in 2019/20

Speaking in New York on 21 September, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier announced Germany's candidacy for a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council in 2019/20, saying that Germany wanted to stand up and take responsibility.

Ambassador Ammon with John Gilhooly

Ambassador Ammon awards Cross of the Order of Merit to John Gilhooly OBE

On 21 September, Ambassador Peter Ammon presented the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany to John Gilhooly OBE, Director of Wigmore Hall. Ireland born Mr Gilhooly received the honor in recognition of his tireless services in the field of music and musical exchange as a bridge between two nations.

Humboldt University of Berlin is among the best German universities

41 universities in Germany among best universities in the world

A total of 41 German universities are among the best in the world, nine of which are in the Top 100, according to the latest World University Ranking. Munich, Heidelberg, Berlin, Aachen, Tübingen and Freiburg are the cities with the most prestigious universities in Germany.

Dr Angela Vaupel, new German Honorary Consul in Belfast is sworn in

New German Honorary Consul in Belfast sworn in

On 21 September, Dr Angela Vaupel was sworn in as Honorary Consul of Belfast, Northern Ireland. Dr Vaupel is a senior lecturer in European Studies at St Mary’s University College in Belfast and has been active in the cultural field since 1997.

Steinmeier at the Leaders Summit on Refugges in New York

Foreign Minister Steinmeier at the United Nations general debate in New York

"It’s the World Cup of diplomacy," said Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General. Over 130 heads of state and government from all over the world attend the 71st United Nations General Assembly at the East River in New York. The crises and wars in the Middle East, the refugee situation, migration, and worldwide security – the most pressing global issues are addressed at the highest level in New York.

Frank-Walter Steinmeier speaking in Warsaw

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier opens OSCE human rights conference in Warsaw

On 19 September, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier travelled to Warsaw to open the largest human rights conference in Europe which takes place yearly and is organised by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe's (OSCE).

View of the ancient city of Maaloula near Damascus

Cessation of hostilities in Syria is indispensable

The German government calls on all parties to respect the agreed cessation of hostilities in Syria. The meeting of the countries involved in the Vienna process that is scheduled for today, on the margins of the UN summit on refugees and migrants in New York, should lend new impetus to the political process in Syria.

Markus Rehm at the 2016 Paralympic Games

Germany finish Paraylmpic Games in sixth place after flurry of medals during final weekend

German athletes claimed 57 medals at the Paralympic Games, finishing sixth in the overall medal count and improving on their eighth placed finish at the London 2012 Games.

Photographer Thomas Struth

German photographer and editor among winners at Royal Photographic Society Awards

German Photographer Thomas Struth and editor of Taschen publishing house, Benedikt Taschen, were awarded the Centenary Medal and Award for Photographic Publishing respectively at the Macallan Royal Photographic Society Awards Ceremony on 15 September.


German State Pension Office to hold free information event in London

The German State Pension Office will hold a free information event on 11 & 12 October, offering one-to-one consultations and providing more information on your German pension rights.

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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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Germany's OSCE Chairmanship 2016

The logo of the German OSCE Chairmanship in 2016

As of 1 January 2016, Germany assumed the Chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Co‑operation in Europe (OSCE). Foreign Minister Steinmeier leads the OSCE as Chairperson-in-Office.

Think German Network (TGN) Initiative

Promoting German language and the culture of German-speaking countries in the UK.

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Commemorating World War One

Franz Marc, Réconciliation, 1912

From 2014 to 2018, a series of events in Germany and beyond mark the 100th anniversary of World War One. Here you can find a collection of informative websites, speeches and articles by German politicians and international figures.