German President Gauck gives farewell speech

Federal President Gauck calls upon Germans to defend democracy in final address

In his final address on 18 January entitled “What should our country be like?”, Federal President Joachim Gauck called for Germany to find "the courage to conduct discussions that include the majority to a far greater extent than has been the case to date" and to not only "encompass those who regularly take part in political discourse". Exchange and discussion were the "oxygen of an open society" and argument "its enlivening element".

The German flag and the Union Jack in Berlin

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.

Frank-Walter Steinmeier

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on United Kingdom's Brexit Plans

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier welcomed Prime Minister Theresa May’s presentation of the British government’s position on leaving the European Union and for providing a bit more clarity about the United Kingdoms's plans. Steinmeier said Germany wanted a good, close and trusting partnership with the United Kingdom.

Children's board game from 1938 called Juden Raus (Jews Out)

Director of Wiener Library on special edition of Antiques Roadshow focusing on a group of Holocaust survivors

On 16 January, the BBC broadcast a special edition of Antiques Roadshow, focusing on a group of Holocaust survivors and objects that help tell their stories. The Wiener Library's Director Ben Barkow spoke about one of the most unusual items in the library's collection: a children's board game from 1938 called 'Juden Raus' (Jews Out).

Sunset in Brandenburg

German GDP grows 1.9 percent in 2016

In 2016 the German economy expanded by 1.9 percent, the highest growth rate since 2012, according to latest figures from the Federal Statistical Office. Employment also reached record levels.

Opening of the Elbe Philharmonic Hall

Grand opening of Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie

On 11 January Hamburg's new landmark, the Elbphilharmonie concert hall, officially opened its doors with a spectacular light show and performance of works by German composers, including Ludwig van Beethoven and Michael Praetorius.

Key Issues for Digital Transformation in the G20

Joint G20 German Presidency and OECD conference discusses key issues for Digital Transformation in the G20

On 13 January the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy launched the digital conference entitled “Key Issues for Digital Transformation in the G20”, jointly hosted by the German G20 presidency and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Roman Herzog

Former German President Roman Herzog dies at 82

Former German President Roman Herzog has died. The late CDU politician served as first German President following reunification from 1994-1999. An Act of State will be held on 24 January.

Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe in Kassel

In Focus: UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Germany

Germany is home to 41 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, ranging from historical buildings and constructions to exceptional natural landscapes. Located throughout the country, these sites are recognised for their "outstanding universal value to humanity" and reflect Germany's rich cultural and natural history.

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 deadline has been extended to 1 February 2017.

Camapaign Medal in Silver of the Bundeswehr awarded to Colonel Neil Unsworth

Camapaign Medal in Silver of the Bundeswehr awarded to Colonel Neil Unsworth

On 10 January Martin Hein, Defence Attaché of the German Embassy London awarded the campaign medal in silver of the Bundeswehr to Colonel Neil Unsworth on behalf of the German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen.

The Brandenburg Gate is illuminated in the colours of the Israeli flag in order to show solidarity with the victims of the recent terror attack

We must work together to fight terrorism

The German government condemns the terrorist attack in Jerusalem in the strongest possible terms. "I can assure you that we stand shoulder to shoulder with Israel in the fight against terrorism," wrote Chancellor Angela Merkel in her message of condolence to Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Sternsinger at 34 Belgrave Square

German Embassy receives blessing from “Sternsinger”

The Embassy’s Deputy Head of Mission, Tania Freiin von Uslar-Gleichen, welcomed young Epiphany carol singers, called Sternsinger (or ‘star singers’) in Germany, to 34 Belgrave Square on 8 January to receive their annual blessing.

Record levels of employment and unemployment

Germany saw record high employment and record low unemployment in 2016

Employment in Germany in 2016 has reached its highest level since reunification with 43.5 million people in employment. Unemployment rate in 2016 was 6.1 percent, which is 0.3 percent points fewer that in 2015, the lowest rate since 1991.

DW Journalism Traineeship

Applications open for Deutsche Welle Journalism Traineeship

Deutsche Welle offers practice-oriented multimedia traineeship lasting 18 months aimed at up-and-coming international journalists who are native speakers of German or English. The new traineeship gets underway in September 2017, the application deadline is 22 February.

Global Forum for Food and Agriculture 2017

Global Forum for Food and Agriculture to focus on agriculture and water

The Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) is an international conference that focuses on central questions concerning the future of the global agri-food industry. It is held every year in January during International Green Week (IGW) in Berlin. The GFFA 2017 will be held on the subject: "Agriculture and Water – Key to Feeding the World” in Berlin from 19 – 21 January 2017.

Carnations and candles pay tribute to victims of Istanbul night club terror attack

Germany condemns attack on Istanbul nightclub on New Year’s Eve

Foreign Minister Steinmeier expressed his shock at the bloody attack in Istanbul, and offered his sympathy to the victims and their loved ones. He said Germany stood by Turkey’s side in these dark hours.

Merkel: "We are free, compassionate and open"

Chancellor Merkel’s New Year’s address: "We are free, compassionate and open"

In her New Year’s address Chancellor Merkel expressed Germany's "resolute determination to counter the terrorists’ world of hate with our compassion and our cohesion". Addressing the recent attacks of Islamist terrorism, as well as other challenges 2016 presented, Chancellor Merkel emphasised her confidence in Germany as an open and democratic country.

Merkel and May in Berlin on 20 July

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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.