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UN special session on the situation in Iraq Forty nations coordinate action

All states condemn in the strongest possible terms the hitherto unprecedented brutality currently being seen in the Middle East, reported Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier after the meeting. International activities must now be coordinated. The Chancellor has assured Iraq of further support in its fight against the IS terrorists.

Ebola epidemic in West Africa German assistance in the fight against Ebola

Germany has been providing active assistance for months in the fight against the Ebola outbreak. So far the German government has made available around 17 million euros to finance aid measures. The options for providing additional personnel and materials are currently being explored, said federal government spokesman Steffen Seibert.

Situation in Iraq International engagement against Islamic State

At the NATO summit in Wales ten states, including Germany, established an alliance against the terrorist Islamic State militia. Angela Merkel explained that the nations had agreed "to stay in contact and discuss further steps with one another".

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Abdullah Abdullah (at left) shakes hands with Ashraf Ghani.

Afghanistan German government welcomes government of national unity

The German government welcomes the agreement reached by the two presidential contenders, Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, to establish a government of national unity. more

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EU Social Justice Index Germany scores well

Social justice has been improving in Germany: it is one of the few EU states to see a positive trend since 2008 in social justice within society. This is thanks largely to positive developments on the labour market. more

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EU police mission in Ukraine Support for security authorities

The German government has decided to second up to 20 German law enforcement officers to the EU Advisory Mission for Civilian Security Sector Reform Ukraine (EUAM Ukraine). They are to advise the Ukrainian government on issues relating to the rule of law and the security sector reform. more

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Scottish referendum Close cooperation with the UK to continue

The majority of Scots have voted to remain part of the United Kingdom. In Berlin Chancellor Angela Merkel said she respected the decision of the Scottish people and noted the outcome of the referendum "with a smile". more

Rally against anti-Semitism "Jewish life belongs in our country"

At a rally in Berlin organised by the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel has condemned every form of anti-Semitism in the strongest possible terms. There is no place in Germany for discrimination and exclusion, she said. Jewish life is part of German identity and culture. more

NATO summit in Wales NATO for political solution

Within NATO there is broad agreement that there must be a peaceful solution to the Ukraine conflict, reported Chancellor Angela Merkel in the evening of the NATO summit meeting in Wales. On the second day, the 28 heads of state and government of member states considered the lessons that NATO must learn from the conflict. more

Chancellor's government statement Support for the Kurds in Iraq

Speaking in the German Bundestag, the Chancellor has explained the decision of the German government to supply weapons to Iraqi Kurds to help them in their fight against the group calling itself Islamic State (IS). "It is not only a question of alleviating the suffering of the people, but of preventing this suffering," she said. more