German Books and Literature

The Frankfurt Book Fair & German literature

Once a year, Frankfurt am Main turns into the cultural centre of the international media world, when the Frankfurt Book Fair opens its doors. This year’s 'Buchmesse' takes place from 19 to 23 October. In the context of the 'Buchmesse', which got underway today, the latest instalment of our "In Focus" series presents an overview of contemporary literature, the German Book Prize, influential & upcoming authors, as well as reading recommendations.

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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.

Bodo Kirchhoff

Bodo Kirchhoff awarded German Book Prize 2016

This year's German Book Prize has been awarded to Bodo Kirchhoff for his novel 'Widerfahrnis' (Encounter). Kirchhoff was presented with the award at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

David Hockney at the Frankfurt Book Fair

British artist David Hockney kicks off Frankfurt Book Fair 2016

The opening press conference of the Frankfurt Book Fair 2016 was held on 18 October. Legendary British artist David Hockney gave the keynote speech. This year's fair, which will host 7,100 exhibitors from more than 100 countries and 4,000 events under one roof, is expected to be attended by over 275,000 visitors.

Ambassador Ammon with Goethe-Institut London Director Angela Kaya and Neil MacGregor

Ambassador Ammon opens 2016 Brady Lecture with Neil MacGregor at Goethe-Institut

Ahead of the opening of one of the most eagerly anticipated museum projects in Europe – Berlin’s Humboldt Forum – Ambassador Peter Ammon opened the Goethe-Institut Brady Lecture 2016 on 13 October where Neil MacGregor, one of the Forums' founding directors spoke on the history and future of the Forum.

Career Fair 2015

German Embassy Career Fair 2016

The German Embassy Career Fair is back for 2016! After last year’s success, the Fair will again be held in collaboration with the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) on Tuesday 29th November. It is jointly organised by the German Embassy and the German-British Chamber of Industry & Commerce.

Ulrike Ulrich and Anja Tuckermann

DAAD and IMLR Writing Competition 2016/17

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Institute of Modern Languages Research (IMLR) at the University of London are looking for story-tellers to spin a yarn about migration – in German. The competition runs until 6 January 2017.

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German Unity Day reception at the German Embassy London

On 6 October, Ambassador Peter Ammon and his wife Marliese Heimann-Ammon hosted the annual reception celebrating German Unity at their residence. Guests of honour were Defence Secretary Michael Fallon and his German counterpart Ursula von der Leyen, as well as FCO Minister for Europe and the Americas Sir Alan Duncan.

Christian Gerhaher receives the Wigmore Medal from HRH The Duke of Kent

German singer Christian Gerhaher honoured with Wigmore Medal

German singer Christian Gerhaher was awarded the Wigmore Medal by HRH The Duke of Kent on 12 October in recognition of his long-standing relationship and close links with Wigmore Hall and London audiences.

Start-up festival Bits & Pretzels

German start-up scene pins its hopes on digital technologies

Around 763,000 people in Germany launched a new business in 2015. The figure was actually significantly higher even than that in the past, but the positive way in which the labour market is developing means that the trend towards starting a business is on the decline. This does not apply however, to genuinely new and innovative business ideas: the number of "innovative start-ups" has even risen, to 95,000 in 2015, according to KfW Bank.

A tricycle with lights in front of the law faculty building of Berlin's Humboldt University during the Festival of Lights on 7 October 2016

Berlin's landmarks illuminated during Festival of Lights

When darkness falls, Berlin begins to light up: with some spectacular light art shows, the 12th Festival of Lights is projecting video and 3D art onto the sights of Berlin. The Brandenburg Gate, the TV tower, Humboldt-University, Potsdamer Platz, Nikolaiviertel and many other buildings are used as projection surfaces every evening from 7 to 16 October 2016, putting them into different contexts.


Germany's Top 100 tourist attractions as chosen by international visitors

Each year, the German National Tourist Board (GNTB) asks visitors to Germany to vote for their favourite attractions from which a Top 100 is compiled. This year’s list features theme parks, castles, picturesque towns and more.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.