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93-year-old Sunderland resident Mary Reid honoured for tending to German war graves for over 60 years

19 October 2017 | German Embassy London
93-year-old Sunderland resident Mary Reid honoured for tending to German war graves for over 60 years

On 18 October, Sunderland resident Mary Reid was presented the Gold Cross of Honour, the German War Graves commission’s highest honour, in a ceremony at Castletown cemetery in recognition of her tending to German war graves for over 60 years.

Frankfurt Book Fair 2017

10 October 2017 | German Embassy London
Chancellor Merkel, President Emmanuel Macron (L) and Heinrich Riethmüller, Head of the German Publishers and Booksellers Association, at the opening of the Frankfurt Book Fair 2017

Frankfurt Book Fair (FBF) is the world’s largest and most important international trading place for content, from novels and children’s books to academic databases. Once a year, Frankfurt am Main becomes the cultural centre of the international media world, hosting more than 7,000 exhibitors from 100 countries presenting more than 400,000 books. This year's guest of honour is France. Chancellor Merkel and French President Macron opened the fair on Tuesday afternoon.

Message from Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on Day of German Unity on 3 October 2017

2 October 2017 | German Embassy London
German Unity celebrations in 2009

On 3 October 2017, Germany celebrated 27 years since German reunification. Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said the historic day marked the "end of the division of Europe between East and West".

Land Brandenburg visit to Britain on occasion of Day of German Unity

26 September 2017 | German Embassy
Brandenburg meets Britain

Industry meetings, a live film orchestra concert and a street football event are among the highlights of a comprehensive introduction programme planned for the Land Brandenburg’s presentation in London from 4 to 6 October.

Federal Returning Officer releases provisional election result

25 September 2017 | German Embassy London, Federal Returning Officer
Reichstag building in Berlin

On Monday, 25 September the Federal Returning Officer (Bundeswahlleiter) released the provisional result of the election to the 19th German Bundestag, which was held on 24 September 2017.

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

21 September 2017 | Federal Foreign Office
United Nations headquarters 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.

Merkel: Automotive industry is key industry

15 September 2017 | Federal Government
International Automobile Exhibition (IAA) opens in Frankfurt

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.

State of the Union speech on future priorities of EU

14 September 2017 | German Embassy London
President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker delivers the annual State of The European Union speech in the European Parliament in Strasbourg

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.

Finding new ways to de-escalate the North Korea crisis

14 September 2017 | Federal Government
UN Security Council steps up pressure on North Korea

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.

Europe's "Gateway to Space" turns fifty

8 September 2017 | German Embassy London
Astronaut Alexander Gerst will be acting commander of the International Space Station ISS for a space mission in 2018

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".

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