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.

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.

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.

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.

Holocaust survivor Ruth Klüger speaking in the Bundestag

Day of Remembrance for the Victims of National Socialism

On 27 January, the Bundestag held a remembrance ceremony to commemorate victims of National Socialism. The ceremony was attended by Chancellor Angela Merkel and Federal President Joachim Gauck. Ruth Klüger, a survivor of the Holocaust, was also in attendance and gave a detailed account of her experiences as a forced labourer under National Socialism.

Felix Nussbaum: The Refugee 1939 (detail)

Chancellor Merkel opens Art from the Holocaust exhibition

One hundred works from the Yad Vashem collection are currently on show at the German Historical Museum in Berlin. They bear witness to the suffering of the people incarcerated in ghettoes or concentration camps, and they attest to the indomitable spirit of the artists, many of whom did not survive the Holocaust.

Holocaust Memorial in Berlin

Five millionth visitor to Holocaust Memorial Information Centre

On 22 January Monika Grütters welcomed the five millionth visitor to the to the information centre located beneath the memorial and hailed the milestone stating that in the ten years since it first opened, the memorial site had firmly established its place in the lives of residents and visitors alike.

Germany's economy is in good shape

Germany on a solid growth path

Germany's economy is in good shape. The German Government expects growth of 1.7 percent for 2016. Real gross wages and salaries in 2015 grew at the highest rate in more than two decades. These are some of the key points of the annual economic report.

Federal Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière

Striving for a European solution

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière attended a meeting of interior ministers and ministers of justice of the 28 EU member states in Amsterdam. Topics on the agenda were the fight against terrorism and tackling the influx of refugees to the EU.

Employee at blast furnace on the grounds of Salzgitter AG in Salzgitter, Germany.

Germany's employment rate is second highest in the EU

The employment rate of 20 to 64 year olds in Germany during 2014 was 78 percent - the second highest employment rate in the EU, according to new figures released by the German Statistical Office. Germany has seen its employment rate increase continuously from 68 percent since 2005.

Ambassador Ammon with Lord Weidenfeld in July 2015

Germany mourns the passing of Lord Weidenfeld

In Lord Weidenfeld, the world has lost a true European and a great friend of Germany. Ambassador Peter Ammon called the publisher and philanthropist today a “towering figure and a wonderful friend”.

Ambassador Peter Ammon

Ambassador Ammon on current European challenges

On Tuesday, 19 January Ambassador Ammon addressed the distinguished audience of the Political Committee of the Reform Club as principal guest speaker. In highlighting the main global trends of 2016, Ambassador Ammon argued that in a world of turmoil the "European ideal of solidarity and cooperation" has "been the formula for peace for more than half a century".

President Gauck at the World Economic Forum

President Gauck at the World Economic Forum in Davos

On the opening day of the World Economic Forum in Davos, German Preisdent Gauck held a speech on flight and migration to Europe, and urged European citizens not to let "the great historical success which has brought Europe peace and prosperity collapse".

Refugees in Kiel

European solution to reduce refugee numbers needed

The German government aims to achieve a "tangible and lasting" reduction in refugee numbers calling for a European solution, said federal government spokesperson Steffen Seibert on Monday. Work is progressing apace on securing the EU’s external borders, setting up hotspots and returning individuals with no entitlement to stay in Europe.

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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.

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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.