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Germany deeply shocked by attack in Manchester

23 May 2017 | German Embassy London
Embassy flags at half mast on 23 May

Chancellor Angela Merkel has expressed her "great sadness and shock" at the attack in Manchester on 22 May. The Chancellor said that Germany stood "shoulder to shoulder" with people in the United Kingdom. German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said his thoughts were with the victims and the injured. Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said Germany stood united with "our British friends".

Germany wins Venice Biennale’s Golden Lion for Best National Participation

16 May 2017 | German Embassy London
Performance at the Pavilion of Germany at the 57th Venice Biennale

Anne Imhof’s exhibition “Faust” at the Germany Pavilion has won the Golden Lion for Best National Participation at the 57th Venice Biennale.

German economy grows 0.6 percent in first quarter of 2017

15 May 2017 | German Embassy London
Siemens in Sachsen

The German economy grew by 0.6 percent during the first quarter of 2017, according to latest figures from the Federal Statistical Office.

Preventing widespread famine before it is too late: International Somalia Conference in London

12 May 2017 | German Embassy London
FM Gabriel at the Somalia Conference in London

About 40 states and international organisations discussed aid for Somalia on Thursday, 11 May in London. In addition to combating the impending famine, the country's long-term stabilisation was also on the agenda. Foreign Minister Gabriel represented Germany at the conference. Germany has doubled its contribution to humanitarian aid to Somalia in 2017 to €140 million.

Bristol and Hanover celebrate 70 years of partnership and friendship

11 May 2017 | German Embassy London
Bristol-Hanover

This year marks the seventieth anniversary of Bristol and Hanover's town-twinning. What began in 1947 as a good-will mission to Hanover organised by a group of Bristolians blossomed into a rich and long-lasting friendship between the two cities which endures to this day.

German artist Andrea Büttner shortlisted for Turner Prize 2017

5 May 2017 | German Embassy London
Photograph by Andrea Büttner

Tate Britain has announced German cross-media artist Andrea Büttner as one of the four finalists for the British Turner Prize 2017. Since its establishment in 1984, the Turner Prize ranks as one of the internationally most renowned art awards. The Prize annually honours outstanding works of contemporary visual art by British artists or artists working in Britain.

Simultaneous wreath-laying ceremony in UK and Germany honours fallen airmen of both Air Forces

4 May 2017 | German Embassy London
Wreath-laying ceremony at the Royal Air Force Memorial in Central London.

On 4 May, the German Air Attaché, Colonel (GS) Hermann Hanke and Air Commodore Richard Maddison OBE MA RAF honoured the airmen of the British and German Air Forces who gave their lives in service of their country with a wreath-laying ceremony at the Royal Air Force Memorial in Central London.

Merkel and Putin meeting: open dialogue in spite of differences of opinion

3 May 2017 | Federal Government
Chancellor Angela Merkel with President Vladimir Putin

On 2 May, Chancellor Angela Merkel met with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin in Sochi. During her visit the Chancellor pointed to the importance of civil liberties for civil society. With respect to the conflict in Ukraine she called for an implementation of the Minsk agreements. Also on the agenda were the situation in Syria and the G20 summit in July.

Gabriel in Somalia: The international community must not look the other way

3 May 2017 | Federal Foreign Office
Foreign Minister Gabriel met with Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire

On 1 May, Sigmar Gabriel became the first German Foreign Minister to travel to Somalia. Terrorism, tribal conflict and the threat of famine mean that the country is facing enormous challenges. Foreign Minister Gabriel wants to act together with the international community to prevent an imminent disaster.

EU-27 demonstrate unity at special meeting of European Council on Brexit

2 May 2017 | Federal Government
EU's Brexit Summit in Belgium

The heads of state and government of the 27 remaining EU member states have unanimously adopted the Brexit negotiating guidelines. The "EU-27" thus stand united for a properly regulated transition in which the interests of affected citizens will have priority.

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