A view of war graves lit up during a military-led vigil to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of the Somme at the Thiepval memorial to the Missing

Centenary of the Battle of the Somme - treasuring peace in Europe

One hundred years ago today one of the bloodiest battles of World War I was fought in France. On the day of remembrance Ambassador Ammon said that "peace in Europe must be treasured".

Kollage: London, Edinburgh

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.

Chancellor Angela Merkel addressing the Bundestag on 28 June

Government statement on Britain’s decision to leave the European Union

Speaking to the German Bundestag on 28 June, Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed her regret at the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the EU, while also making a passionate plea to not forget “our historical responsibility for Europe”. In her government statement on Brexit, the Chancellor laid out a post-referendum road map and declared her confidence that the EU of 27 would be able to cope with the situation.

Policemen stand guard at the entrance to Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul

Germany condemns attacks in Turkey

Chancellor Merkel condemned the attacks carried out on Istanbul airport as "malicious acts of terrorism". She and Foreign Minister Steinmeier assured Turkey Germany's support in the fight against terrorism.

Julian Draxler celebrates with his teammates after scoring Germany's third goal against Slovakia

Germany to face Italy in quarter-finals of Euro 2016

Germany will face Italy in the quarter-final of Euro 2016 after beating Slovakia 3-0 on 26 June. A dominant team display saw Boateng open his account for the national side with an exquisite driven volley from outside the box after eight minutes before Gomez and Draxler extended Germany's lead either side of half-time.

Chancellor Angela Merkel speaking to the media on 24.06.16

Merkel: “European Union is strong enough to find the right answers for today's events”

Chancellor Angela Merkel said that Britain’s decision to leave the European Union marked a "decisive moment for Europe". German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier reacted to the "sobering" outcome of the British referendum, calling the result a "sad day for Europe and Great Britain."

Ambassador Peter Ammon with winners of the 2016 German Teacher Award

German Teacher Award Ceremony 2016 at the Royal Horse Guard in Whitehall, London

On Tuesday 21 June 2016 the annual German Teacher Award Ceremony and the ‘Sommerfest der deutschen Sprache’ paid tribute to the work of German teachers across the UK. Over 150 teachers and representatives from the education and language teaching sectors, business and the media came from all over the UK to join the celebrations, now in their 13th year, in London.

Carolin Emcke

Carolin Emcke to receive the 2016 Peace Prize of the German Book Trade

German journalist and author Carolin Emcke is to receive this year’s Peace Prize of the German Book Trade for her "significant contribution to social dialogue and peace". The prestigious prize has been awarded since 1950 and is endowed with a sum of €25,000.

German & English fans during the Euro 96 semi final on 26 June 1996

In Focus: German Football

As football fever sweeps across Europe, the latest installment of our "In Focus" series looks at the German national side's record at previous tournaments, memorable matches, overlooked players and more.

20 years United Nations in Bonn

UN Bonn celebrates 20th anniversary

Twenty years ago today, the foundations were laid for the United Nations in Bonn to become a UN centre for sustainable development. The anniversary comes some six months after nations agreed two significant milestones which underpin much of UN Bonn’s work, now and into the future—a set of 17 forward-looking Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

Government quarter in Berlin

25th anniversary of vote to relocate government from Bonn to Berlin

On 20 June 1991, following weeks of discussions and a twelve hour debate, Bundestag delegates narrowly voted 338 to 320 in favour of relocating parliament and the seat of government from Bonn to Berlin.

70th Session General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly

Germany's Global Role - Berlin steps up

In an op-ed in the July/August edition of "Foreign Affairs" magazine, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier analyses how Germany's role in global politics has changed.

Constance embankment

City Profile: Constance

Constance is well known for its medieval old town and its outstanding location by Lake Constance and the river Rhine right next to the Swiss border. With its 82,000 inhabitants, Constance is the largest city by the lake and home to about 17,000 students.

Ambassador Peter Ammon addressing guests at the gourmet celebration

Ambassador Ammon hosts gourmet celebration with Schloss Elmau

On 7 June, Ambassador Peter Ammon welcomed distinguished guests to a gourmet evening with Schloss Elmau, one of Germany’s leading hotels and the venue of last year’s G7 summit. The event, part of the hotel’s centenary celebration, took place exactly one year to the day after the summit and featured Schloss Elmau’s Michelin starred Chefs.

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. A special focus of this year’s History Teacher Tour to Berlin will be on German Unity.

Global Media Forum focuses on Media. Freedom. Values.

Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum, now in its ninth year, is Germany’s international congress which addresses the role of media in politics and civil society. Focusing on a variety of hot topical issues, the conference draws over 2,000 experts in the fields of journalism, digital media, politics, culture, business, development, academia and civil society from all over the world.

British and German Army engineers build a 350m amphibious crossing in Poland

German and British troops assemble largest amphibious crossing during NATO drill

German and British troops assembled the largest amphibious crossing as part of the joint NATO drill Anakonda. The more than 350 meter bridge across the Vistula River in Poland was constructed using amphibious M3 vehicles and the engineering know-how of both countries.

Chancellor Merkel with the German national team in June 2014

Merkel wishes German football team good luck for the Euros

"I believe the team is highly motivated," Chancellor Merkel said in her latest podcast in conversation with U21 player Niklas Stark, who currently plays for Hertha BSC. She went on to say that she expected France to be a good host country for the European Championship.

The exhibition ship "MS Wissenschaft" in Berlin

Science Year “Seas and Oceans”: Discover. Use. Protect.

This week German Minister of Education and Research Johanna Wanka opened the Year of Science 2016/2017 under the motto “Discover. Use. Protect”. Wanka called for the sustainable handling of oceans and said that we needed to understand maritime space properly in order to sustainably protect it.

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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.