At the G20 summit in Hamburg, the heads of state and government will also adopt a final declaration

The G20 Presidency 2017 at a glance

Germany assumed the G20 Presidency on 1 December 2016. The G20 is the central forum for international cooperation on financial and economic issues. The G20 countries account for more than four-fifths of gross world product and three-quarters of global trade, and are home to almost two-thirds of the world’s population.  The Summit of the Heads of State and Government will be held in Hamburg on 7 and 8 July 2017.

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 and answers to the most relevant questions regarding the UK's formal request to leave the European Union.

Bundestag Election in Germany 2017

Bundestag election 2017

The elections to the 19th German Bundestag will take place on 24 September 2017. Germans who reside outside the Federal Republic of Germany and no longer have a domicile within the federal territory may be eligible to vote in the election.

Highlights of Berlin

Professional Tour for British Teachers of History

The German Embassy London, together with the Federal Foreign Office, annually organises a professional trip for British teachers of history to Berlin. This year’s History Teacher Tour will take place from 15-21 October and is now open for applications until 8 September 2017.

Adrienne Haan

Chanteuse Internationale Adrienne Haan performs at Ambassador’s Residence

On 22 June, Ambassador Peter Ammon and his wife Marliese invited internationally acclaimed chanteuse Adrienne Haan to give an exclusive concert accompanied by pianist Benjamin Schaefer. The evening’s diverse repertoire ran under the title "Berlin to Broadway-Transatlantic".

Building "The Parthenon of Books" in front of Kassel's Fridericianum for documenta 14

documenta 14 - collaboration between Athens and Kassel

2017 is a special year for documenta: for the first time ever, the iconic German exhibition series is set not only in Kassel, but also in Athens. Thanks to the extensive collaboration between documenta 14 and the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens, almost all of the 160 participating artists are showing their works in both cities.

Chancellor Merkel and President of the European Council Tusk at the European Council

Merkel: Clear focus on EU27

The future of the EU27 has priority over the Brexit negotiations, Chancellor Merkel said at the European Council. That is why on the first day of the meeting security, combating terrorism and the permanent structured cooperation on defence were at the top of the agenda.

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Georg Büchner Prize 2017 for Jan Wagner

The German Academy for Language and Literature has announced the Poet Jan Wagner to be the winner of the annual Georg Büchner Prize. He will receive the prize of 50,000 Euro at a ceremony on 28 October 2017 in Darmstadt.

Ambassador Ammon with Jamina Gerl, Rüya Taner and Fernando Montaño

Jamina Gerl, Rüya Taner and Fernando Montaño perform at Ambassador’s Residence

On 16 June, Ambassador Peter Ammon and his wife Marliese hosted an exclusive concert by Jamina Gerl and Rüya Taner. The Royal Ballet’s soloist Fernando Montaño appeared in a surprise performance.

Helmut Kohl

German Chancellor Helmut Kohl passed away aged 87

Former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl has died at the age of 87 on 16 June. In the book of condolence for Kohl Chancellor Merkel wrote: "We Germans owe him a great deal. I salute his memory..." German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel described him as a "great German statesman and above all a great European".

HM The Queen with Ambassador Peter Ammon

Ambassador Ammon's speech at memorial service commemorating 100th anniversary of the Upper North Street School bombing

On 15 June, Ambassador Ammon attended a memorial service in presence of HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the bombing of Upper North Street School (now Mayflower Primary School).

EU abolishes roaming charges

European Union scraps mobile roaming charges

From 15 June, roaming charges within the European Union have been abolished. Europeans travelling within the EU can now call, text and use their data allowance at the same price as their domestic tariff.

German Teacher Award awardees 2017

German Teacher Award Ceremony 2017 pays tribute to outstanding teachers of German in the UK

On Monday, 12 June, Ambassador Peter Ammon welcomed John le Carré to his Residence for the annual ‘Sommerfest der deutschen Sprache’, where they presented the 14th German Teacher Awards to outstanding teachers of German in the UK.

Vogtland in Saxony

Regional Profile: Vogtland

Located between Saxony, Thuringia, Bavaria and Bohemia, the Vogtland is a diverse region dominated by a cornucopia of castles. Beautiful small towns from Auerbach to Zeulenroda as well as an idyllic landscape with parks, valleys, rivers and nature reserves are waiting to be discovered.

German job market is continuously stable

OECD outlook for German job market positive

In their latest employment outlook, the OECD have forecast a continuously stable German job market for 2017. With shrinking unemployment, rising wages and strong demand for workforce, the positive prognosis for Germany lies over the OECD countries’ average.

Brandenburg Gate lit in the colours of the Union Jack as a sign of solidarity with the victims of the London attack

Germany deeply shocked by attacks in London

Chancellor Angela Merkel has expressed her sadness and shock at the attacks in London on 03 June. The Chancellor extended her sympathy and solidarity to “our British friends and the people of London”. Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel expressed his “profound sympathy and utmost solidarity” to the United Kingdom. He added that Germany would “stand resolutely shoulder to shoulder with our British friends”. German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said his thoughts were with the victims and their families following the awful and cold-blooded attack.

Water level tower of the Landungsbruecken St. Pauli and ocean cruiser Queen Mary 2 in the dry-dock

G20 summit in Hamburg – a meeting at the highest level

The G20 Summit in Hamburg on 7 and 8 July 2017 will be a meeting at the highest level. Its participants will include the world’s major economic players, the two countries with the largest populations in the world, the world’s biggest island country and the most important international institutions on the planet. But who are these participants of the G20 Summit in Hamburg?

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Deadline for applications for one-time payment to former Soviet prisoners of war to expire 30 September 2017

The German Parliament decided on 21 May 2015 that former Soviet prisoners of war should receive a symbolic payment in recognition of their treatment in German detention.The period of time in which to submit an application ends this year on 30 September 2017. This is an exclusionary deadline.

Merkel and May in Berlin on 20 July

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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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Martin Luther and the Reformation

Statue of Martin Luther in Lutherstadt Wittenberg

In 2017 we mark 500 years of Reformation. Here we look at the life and work of Martin Luther, his translation of the bible, the ‘sites of the Reformation’ and more.

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.