How the Bundestag is elected

In Focus: The 2017 Bundestag election

On Sunday, voters in Germany will head to the polls to elect the next Bundestag. This latest, election-themed instalment of our 'In Focus' series looks at how the Bundestag is elected, why Germany often has coalition governments and the parties and candidates vying the nation's votes.

Bundestag Election in Germany 2017

Bundestag election 2017

The elections to the 19th German Bundestag will take place on 24 September 2017. Germans who reside outside the Federal Republic of Germany and no longer have a domicile within the federal territory may be eligible to vote in the election.

Finissage of the 'Home is not a place' exhibition at the Ambassador's Residence

Finissage of the 'Home is not a place' exhibition at the Ambassador's Residence

On 19 September, Ambassador Peter Ammon and his wife Marliese Heimann-Ammon hosted the finissage of the exhibition ‘Home is not a place’ at their residence. The exhibition featured the works of renowned contemporary British and German artists, who have worked in London and Berlin.

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 and answers to the most relevant questions regarding the UK's formal request to leave the European Union.

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Global problems require global solutions – Foreign Minister Gabriel at the UN General Assembly week in New York

As the member states of the United Nations (UN) convene for their 72nd General Assembly this week, the focus is on international crises and conflicts. The members will strive to achieve solutions at a large number of bilateral talks and events in New York. Despite the general election in Germany on 24 September, the German Foreign Minister must not miss the General Assembly.

Taste the Future

Open Day at the German Embassy on the occasion of Frieze London

The German Embassy London invites guests to visit its current exhibitions 'Taste the Future', 'Colourscapes' and 'HUMANS' on 7 October between 11am to 3pm on the occasion of Frieze London 2017.

Babelsberg Castle with fountain

Regional Profile: Brandenburg

With one third of its area being a nature reserve, over 3000 lakes and only 84 people per square kilometre, Brandenburg is best known for its enchanting landscape and untouched nature. Shaded paths tempt young and old to go on bike trips or walking tours. With its close proximity to the German capital, it is an ideal day-trip destination from Berlin.

International Automobile Exhibition (IAA) opens in Frankfurt

Merkel: Automotive industry is key industry

Speaking at the start of the the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt am Main on Thursday, Chancellor Merkel stressed how hugely important the German automotive industry is for jobs and growth.

President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker delivers the annual State of The European Union speech in the European Parliament in Strasbourg

State of the Union speech on future priorities of EU

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker held his annual state of the union address in the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday. Germany welcomed the proposals on the future of the EU, government spokesperson Seibert said after the speech. Foreign Minister Gabriel also acknowledged the ideas presented by Juncker.

UN Security Council steps up pressure on North Korea

Finding new ways to de-escalate the North Korea crisis

Germany is ready to take part in discussions about seeking a solution to the current North Korea crisis if it is asked to do so, Chancellor Merkel said on 10 September. Government Spokesman Steffen Seibert said that "new ways of seeking a peaceful solution" needed to be found.

Astronaut Alexander Gerst will be acting commander of the International Space Station ISS for a space mission in 2018

Europe's "Gateway to Space" turns fifty

The 50th anniversary of the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) was on 8 September. It was inaugurated in Darmstadt in 1967, just a decade after the Soviet Union placed Sputnik 1 into orbit, and has become known worldwide as Europe’s "Gateway to Space".

St George's German Lutheran Church, London

Exhibition explores 500 Years of German Protestants in Britain

As the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation is celebrated across the world in 2017, a new exhibition '500 Years of German Protestants in Britain' explores the history of German Protestants in Britain from September at St George's German Lutheran Church, London.

Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel in the US

Foreign Minister Gabriel on North Korea’s missile test

Foreign Minister Gabriel travelled to Washington for talks with his US counterpart on 29 August. On the margins of his trip he issued a statement following the ballistic missile test by North Korea expressing his shock at the test, as well as emphasising Germany's support for a diplomatic solution and a special meeting of the UN Security Council on the de-escalation of the crisis.

Europe and the African states intend to step up cooperation in the fight against criminal human traffickers

EU's cooperation with Africa to be stepped up

Europe and the African states intend to step up cooperation in the fight against criminal human traffickers – Europe is to provide more support for the African states. That is the outcome of a meeting between Chancellor Merkel and French President Macron in Paris with representatives of other European and African states.

Ambassador Peter Ammon

Ambassador Ammon: Britain must reverse the decline in foreign language learning if it's to thrive outside the EU

Ambassador Peter Ammon has written a piece for The Telegraph on the importance of learning foreign languages.

Nurses in in the Agaplesion Markus Hospital in Frankfurt am Main

Employment in Germany at highest level since reunification

According to provisional results of the German Statistical Office (Destatis) the number of persons in employment has continued to increase in the second quarter of 2017. Compared to the second quarter of 2016, the number has risen by 664,000 to a total of 44.2 million. This is the highest number since reunification.

Nature reserve in Brandenburg

From death strip to nature paradise

Today the 1400km long strip of the former inner German border is called Green Belt. Where many people lost their lives during the separation of Germany, a natural paradise has developed over the years. Protecting and maintaining this unusual nature reserve is an important task.

Martin Roth speaking at the German Embassy in 2015

Martin Roth dies aged 62

Martin Roth, the former Directer of the V&A has died at the age of 62. Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said Roth was a "cultural visionary". Ambassador Peter Ammon said he was "deeply saddened" by Roth's death.

Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel at the commemoration event in Ypres, Belgium to mark 100 years since the the Battle of Passchendaele

Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel attends commemoration event in Ypres to mark 100 years since Battle of Passchendaele

On 31 July Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel represented the Federal Republic of Germany at the commemoration event in Ypres to mark 100 years since the Battle of Passchendaele. Gabriel said the third battle of Ypres was a "symbol of the futile brutality of war" and must never be allowed to happen again.

55th anniversary of Cannock Chase, German war cemetery in the UK

Memorial service marks 55th anniversary of German war cemetery in UK

On 26 July, a memorial service was held at the German war cemetery in the UK Cannock Chase, to mark the fifty-fifth anniversary of the cemetery’s construction.

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Deadline for applications for one-time payment to former Soviet prisoners of war to expire 30 September 2017

The German Parliament decided on 21 May 2015 that former Soviet prisoners of war should receive a symbolic payment in recognition of their treatment in German detention.The period of time in which to submit an application ends this year on 30 September 2017. This is an exclusionary deadline.

Merkel and May in Berlin on 20 July

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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 candidacy for a seat on the Security Council in 2019/20

Germany is seeking to become a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. The elections are expected to take place at the General Assembly in June 2018. This renewed candidature is a demonstration of our political will to make an active contribution to peace and security in the face of all the challenges which the Security Council has to address.

Martin Luther and the Reformation

Statue of Martin Luther in Lutherstadt Wittenberg

In 2017 we mark 500 years of Reformation. Here we look at the life and work of Martin Luther, his translation of the bible, the ‘sites of the Reformation’ and more.

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.