Ambassador Ammon presenting Baroness O’Neill with the Knight Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany

Scholar Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve awarded Knight Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit

On 12 February 2016, Ambassador Ammon presented the Knight Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany to philosopher Baroness Onora O’Neill at a reception at the Embassy attended by Baroness O’Neill’s family.

'Hail, Caesar!' Premiere, Berlinale 2016

Berlinale 2016

The 2016 Berlin International Film Festial or Berlinale got underway on 11 February with a screening of the Coen Brothers' latest film Hail Ceasar!. Two Britons are on this year's International Jury: acclaimed British actor Clive Owen and internationally renowned film critic Nick James. Headed by Meryl Streep, the jury will award the festival's most prestigious prizes for best film, actor/actress, script and more.

International Syrian Support Group Meeting in Munich

52nd Munich Security Conference

Following talks into the early morning of 12 February, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier announced that all parties had renewed commitment to Vienna principles and agreed on concrete steps to provide humanitarian access and a ceasefire. Steinmeier expressed his relief that "new hope and a real perspective for people of Syria" had emerged in Munich.

German soldiers in the Mediterranean

NATO flotilla to clamp down on human traffickers under German command

NATO defence ministers met in Brussels on 11 February and agreed that in future NATO is to conduct reconnaissance, monitoring and surveillance of refugee movements in the Aegean. The aim is to identify the patterns of smugglers and traffickers and to stem the activities of these gangs, said Federal Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen.

EU founding members meet in Rome

EU founding members meet in Rome

The foreign ministers of the six founding members of the European Union - Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Luxembourg and Netherlands met in Rome on 9 February. The ministers reaffirmed the importance of the EU and that the continent must overcome narrow self-interest in the spirit of solidarity and strive for European solutions.

Train collision in Bad Aibling, Bavaria

Train crash in Bad Aibling leaves 10 dead and at least 108 injured

Two passenger trains collided near Bad Aibling, Bavaria on 10 February killing ten people and injuring at least 108. Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed her sympathy for the victims and their families and thanked the rescue workers who were working under difficult circumstances.

British artists David Bowie and Alan Rickman

Berlinale to pay tribute to David Bowie and Alan Rickman

The 66th Berlin International Film Festival will present two special screenings in honour of these outstanding British artists. The screenings will be of The Man Who Fell to Earth by Nicolas Roeg to commemorate David Bowie, and of Golden Bear winning Sense and Sensibility by Ang Lee in memory of Alan Rickman.

Aerial view of Frankfurt

Germany – a modern business hub

From the energy transition to the fourth industrial revolution, Germany is at the forefront of implementing and promoting new, cleaner technologies, thus ensuring its economy remains internationally competitive, viable for the future and continues to flourish.

German UNESCO World Heritage Site Abbey of Lorsch

Famous medieval site re-opened

The ruined Abbey of Lorsch, one of Germany's most famous medieval sites, has reopened after undergoing complete renovation. The monastery’s old tithe barn was the last bit to be opened to the public. Previously, only the abbey's jewel-like gatehouse could be visited.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits Turkey

Merkel offers Turkey assistance for border region

Germany and Turkey intend to work together to resolve the refugee crisis. In Ankara, the Chancellor also called on Russia to end attacks on Syrian civilians. In the refugee crisis the main thrust must now be to take in legal refugees and prevent illegal migration, she said.

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier

Foreign Minister Steinmeier on situation in Syria

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier spoke to Spiegel Online on 8 February regarding the escalating situation in Syria and at the Turkish-Syrian border, reaffirming the need for a political solution to the on-going crisis through negotiations in Geneva.

Refugees doing work trials in Dresden

Initiative to get 10,000 young refugees into dual vocational training

10,000 young refugees are to begin dual vocational training by Spring 2018 in a joint initiative of the Federal Ministry for Education, the Federal Employment Agency and the German Confederation of Skilled Crafts.

Chancellor Angela Merkel at the London Syria Conference

Supporting Syria and the Region Conference

Chancellor Merkel announced at the 'Supporting Syria and the Region' conference on 4 February that Germany will contribute €2.3 billion by 2018 to assist with supporting and stabilising Syria and the region, including €1.2 billion for the humanitarian programmes of the UN in 2016. Germany will contribute €570 million to the World Food Programme, covering 50 percent of the programme's food needs for Syria in 2016.

Syria Recovery Trust Fund

Syria Recovery Trust Fund: Aid for Syria

The ‘Syria Recovery Trust Fund’ (SRTF) has financed projects which provide people in Syria with fundamental infrastructure since 2013. Germany co-initiated the fund and is the second largest contributor. Over two million people in Syria have directly benefited from SRTF projects, such as restoring electricity supply or producing food.

Germany takes over OSCE Chairmanship for 2016

Interview with Steinmeier on Germany's OSCE Chairmanship

In an interview on Germany's Chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Co‑operation in Europe (OSCE), Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier spoke of the the need for finding joint European solutions to the refugee crisis, the challenges of integration and the OSCE's importance for security in Europe, among other topics.

Dr. Peter Ammon welcomes Vocaldente to the Embassy

Vocaldente perform at the Embassy ahead of their concert at the A Cappella Festival

On 29 January, Ambassador Dr. Ammon welcomed distinguished guests to his residence for an a cappella concert by German vocal ensemble Vocaldente.

Syrian refugee schildren attend a class at the UNICEF school on the premises of the refugee camp in Zaatari, Jordan

Help for refugees in Jordan, Turkey and northern Iraq

The German government is expanding its support for Syrian and Iraqi refugees in the neighbouring countries of Syria. This will be one of the main topics at the 'Supporting Syria and the Region' conference in London on 4 February. The German Government has provided more than €1.3 billion to support Syrian refugees since the start of the conflict.

German Chancellor Merkel in London

Chancellor Merkel to attend Supporting Syria conference in London

Chancellor Merkel will attend the Supporting Syria and the Region conference in London on Thursday, 4 February. Germany will co-host the conference along with the UK, Norway, Kuwait and the UN on the Syria crisis.

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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.