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Pakistani security forces takes up a positions on a road leading to the Army Public School that is under attack by Taliban gunmen in Peshawar, December 16, 2014. Schule

Attack in Pakistan German government condemns act of terrorism

The Chancellor was deeply shocked by the news of the terrorist attack on a school in Peshawar. "Taking children and young people hostage and murdering them is an act of unparalleled brutality," declared Angela Merkel. more

German troops instruct Kurdish Peshmerga fighters in the use of the G3 rifle at a firing range close to the town of Erbil in northern Iraq.

The fight against IS Mandate for a training mission in Iraq

Before Christmas the German Bundestag is to decide on the mandate for a larger-scale Bundeswehr training mission in Iraq. The German government plans to deploy about 100 soldiers to the Kurdish autonomous region in northern Iraq. more

Chancellor Angela Merkel in discussion with the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

Germany/Afghanistan Afghanistan can count on Germany

Germany will continue to support Afghanistan after the NATO combat mission comes to an end, the Chancellor assured Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani. It is also important to continue to strengthen the country’s economic development, education system and security forces, she said. more

Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel speaking in the Bundestag

2015 Federal Budget Merkel: Germany Guarantees Stability

The 2015 federal budget is a turning point: for the first time in 46 years, no new debt will be incurred, said Federal Chancellor Merkel in the general debate on the federal budget. She called for a triad of a solid budget, growth-enhancing structural reforms and investments in the future. more

Anti-Islam protests There is no place in Germany for xenophobia says the Chancellor

Chancellor Angela Merkel has condemned the demonstrations organised by the anti-Islamic movement PEGIDA (German acronym for ‘patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the western world). "There is no place here for stirring up hatred and telling lies about people who have come to us from other countries," she said in Berlin. more

2015 Federal Budget Merkel: Germany Guarantees Stability

The 2015 federal budget is a turning point: for the first time in 46 years, no new debt will be incurred, said Federal Chancellor Merkel in the general debate on the federal budget. She called for a triad of a solid budget, growth-enhancing structural reforms and investments in the future. more

One World - Forum for the Future Breathing life into the global partnership

Federal Development Minister Gerd Müller presented the Federal Chancellor with the "Charter for the Future". It sets objectives for future development cooperation. "Our international credibility depends on whether we also live by these principles", Merkel warned. more

Foreign mission for the Bundeswehr Continued support for Afghanistan

German soldiers will still be deployed in Afghanistan next year. They will be part of the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission. Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier asked the German Bundestag to support this mandate. more

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