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Chancellor of Unity to be remembered at European Ceremony of Honour

28 June 2017 | German Embassy London, Federal Government
Helmut Kohl

For the first time in the history of the European Union, a European Ceremony of Honour is to be held. On 1 July in the European Parliament in Strasbourg will pay tribute to former Chancellor Helmut Kohl. This will be followed in Germany by a funeral procession, a pontifical requiem mass in Speyer Cathedral and a military tribute. Former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl has died at the age of 87 on 16 June.

The G20 Presidency 2017 at a glance

26 Juni 2017 | Federal Government, German Embassy London
At the G20 summit in Hamburg, the heads of state and government will also adopt a final declaration

Germany assumed the G20 Presidency on 1 December 2016. The G20 is the central forum for international cooperation on financial and economic issues. The G20 countries account for more than four-fifths of gross world product and three-quarters of global trade, and are home to almost two-thirds of the world’s population.  The Summit of the Heads of State and Government will be held in Hamburg on 7 and 8 July 2017.

Merkel: Clear focus on EU27

23 June 2017 | German Embassy London
Chancellor Merkel and President of the European Council Tusk at the European Council

The future of the EU27 has priority over the Brexit negotiations, Chancellor Merkel said at the European Council. That is why on the first day of the meeting security, combating terrorism and the permanent structured cooperation on defence were at the top of the agenda.

Georg Büchner Prize 2017 for Jan Wagner

22 June 2017 | German Embassy London
Jan Wagner 2011

The German Academy for Language and Literature has announced the Poet Jan Wagner to be the winner of the annual Georg Büchner Prize. He will receive the prize of 50,000 Euro at a ceremony on 28 October 2017 in Darmstadt.

European Union scraps mobile roaming charges

15 June 2017 | German Embassy London
EU abolishes roaming charges

From 15 June, roaming charges within the European Union have been abolished. Europeans travelling within the EU can now call, text and use their data allowance at the same price as their domestic tariff.

OECD outlook for German job market positive

15 June 2017 | German Embassy London
German job market is continuously stable

In their latest employment outlook, the OECD have forecast a continuously stable German job market for 2017. With shrinking unemployment, rising wages and strong demand for workforce, the positive prognosis for Germany lies over the OECD countries’ average.

G20 summit in Hamburg – a meeting at the highest level

9 June 2017 | Federal Government, German Embassy London
Water level tower of the Landungsbruecken St. Pauli and ocean cruiser Queen Mary 2 in the dry-dock

The G20 Summit in Hamburg on 7 and 8 July 2017 will be a meeting at the highest level. Its participants will include the world’s major economic players, the two countries with the largest populations in the world, the world’s biggest island country and the most important international institutions on the planet. But who are these participants of the G20 Summit in Hamburg?

Germany deeply shocked by attacks in London

4 June 2017 | German Embassy London
Brandenburg Gate lit in the colours of the Union Jack as a sign of solidarity with the victims of the London attack

Chancellor Angela Merkel has expressed her sadness and shock at the attacks in London on 03 June. The Chancellor extended her sympathy and solidarity to “our British friends and the people of London”. Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel expressed his “profound sympathy and utmost solidarity” to the United Kingdom. He added that Germany would “stand resolutely shoulder to shoulder with our British friends”. German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said his thoughts were with the victims and their families following the awful and cold-blooded attack.

Merkel expresses disappointment with Trump's decision to withdraw from Paris Agreement

2 June 2017 | German Embassy London
Chancellor Angela Merkel on 2 June

Chancellor Angela Merkel has expressed her disappointment with President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the United States of America from the Paris Agreement. In a joint statement, the Heads of State and of Government of France, Germany and Italy said they regretted the withdrawal decision. In their statement, the three countries said the Paris Agreement could not be renegotiated as it was a vital instrument for the planet.

Germany condemns Kabul attack in strongest possible terms

31 May 2017 | German Embassy London
Bomb attack in Kabul

On Wednesday, 31 May an explosion hit Kabul's diplomatic quarter close to the German embassy. The German government condemned the attack in the strongest terms. During an event in Southern Germany Chancellor Merkel said that we were united in horror and grief, but also in determination. Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel wrote in a statement that such attacks did not change in any way Germany's determination to continue supporting the Afghan Government in further stabilising the country.

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