EU founding members meet in Rome

Founding members of Europe Union 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.

Clive Owen with Lars Eidinger & Meryl Streep

Berlinale 2016

The 2016 Berlin International Film Festial or Berlinale kicks off this evening 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.

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.

The city of Munich

52nd Munich Security Conference

Since first taking place over fifty years ago, the Munich Security Conference has been – not only, but also – an important place for background discussions away from formal protocol. This year its debates will focus on the war in Syria, the refugee crisis, and the future of the European security order.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.