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Ursula von der Leyen, Frank-Walter Steinmeier and NATO Secretary General Jens  Stoltenberg

60 years since Germany joined NATO An equal parter

Germany has marked the 60th anniversary of its joining NATO with an official ceremony in Berlin. Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Federal Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen welcomed many international guests to the Federal Foreign Office, including NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. more

A girl in a refugee camp in Jordan

UNICEF Report 2015 Prospects for children in war zones

One in ten children in the world is growing up in a crisis affected region, points out UNICEF’s State of the World’s Children 2015 report. The German government is helping them. Apart from protection, food and medical care, education and training are crucially important, says Federal Development Minister Gerd Müller. more

Meeting of the German, French, Russian and Ukrainian ministers of foreign affairs

Ukraine crisis Redoubling work on a solution

Achieving an effective ceasefire remains the top priority in the implementation of the Minsk agreements, declared Federal Foreign Minister Steinmeier, who was in Paris to meet with his counterparts from Russia, Ukraine and France. The escalation of military activity in eastern Ukraine must not be allowed to spiral out of control, he said. more

Maccabi Games

European Maccabi Games Jewish European Games in Berlin

For the first time in the 86-year-old history of the Maccabi Games, this year’s event is to be staged in Germany. From 27 July to 5 August, athletes from 37 European countries will be competing in Berlin’s Olympic Park. more

Report to Cabinet Fewer licenses granted for exports of military equipment

The total value of exports of military equipment for which licenses were issued dropped significantly last year, says the 2014 Military Equipment Export Report, which the Cabinet has now approved. more

Chancellor gives government statement Enormous challenges for Europe

Migration policy, international terrorism, the Ukraine crisis and EU reforms – these will be the central issues on the agenda when the European Council meets on 25 and 26 June. Europe is facing enormous challenges within and outside the Union, said the Chancellor in a government statement. more

Meeting with Prime Minister Xavier Bettel Focus on European agenda

Growth, TTIP, migration – Chancellor Angela Merkel and Prime Minister Xavier Bettel have met to discuss the priorities of Luxembourg’s EU Presidency. Angela Merkel underscored the close friendship that links Germany and Luxembourg and assured the Prime Minister of her support. more

Conclusion of the G7 Summit United by common values

Chancellor Angela Merkel described the G7 meeting in Schloss Elmau as very focused and productive. "The G7 is a community of responsibility," she said. One outcome was the clear commitment to hold the increase in global average temperature below 2°C. more