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25th anniversary of Polish-German reconciliation mass A celebration of German-Polish friendship

In Poland, Federal Chancellor Merkel attended the 25th anniversary of the Polish-German reconciliation mass. At the Kreisau estate, she and the Polish Prime Minister Kopacz recalled the Peaceful Revolution of 1989.

Fight against Ebola More volunteers arrive in Liberia

Together with the German Red Cross, the Federal Armed Forces is to run an Ebola ward in Monrovia. At the start of the week more Federal Armed Forces volunteers flew to Liberia.

Attack on synagogue in Jerusalem Call for moderation in tense situation

The Federal Government emphatically condemns the attack on worshippers at a synagogue in Jerusalem, said Federal Government Spokesman Seibert. The situation is a cause of extreme concern for the Federal Government, he continued.

Crisis in Ukraine Pushing ahead for a diplomatic solution

The Federal Government is leaving nothing untried in talks with Russia to find a diplomatic solution to the conflict in Ukraine. Federal Foreign Minister Steinmeier travelled to Kiev and Moscow to assess opportunities for a de-escalation of the situation. Previously, the Federal Chancellor had explained the Federal Government’s position on the conflict in Ukraine during her trip to Australia.

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The logo of the G7 Summit 2015 in Schloss Elmau

German G7 Presidency Key topics for the summit announced

The G7 Summit 2015 in Schloss Elmau will focus on the global economy as well as on key issues regarding foreign, security and development policy. German Chancellor Angela Merkel presented the topics of Germany's G7 Presidency to her Cabinet. more

Children in Afghanistan, soldiers in the background

Progress report on Afghanistan A lot has been achieved, but we have not yet reached our objective

The current progress report draws mixed conclusions about developments in Afghanistan. It is a stocktaking of German and international involvement and describes the current situation in the country. The Federal Cabinet has now approved the report. more

Soldiers on patrol with  machine guns.

Foreign deployment of the Federal Armed Forces New mandate for Afghanistan

The Federal Armed Forces is to remain in Afghanistan even after the end of its military deployment there. From January 2015 up to 850 soldiers will take part in the Nato-North Atlantic Treaty Organization-led Resolute Support Mission. This was decided by resolution of the Federal Cabinet. more

Angela Merkel enjoys the view out to sea; beside her at the full-length window New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key.

The Chancellor's travels Strengthening relations with New Zealand

Germany and New Zealand want to work more closely together in the areas of industry, science and climate protection, according to a statement issued by Chancellor Angela Merkel and Prime Minister John Key. Following her visit to Auckland, Merkel travelled on to Brisbane for the G20Summit. more

Press release Acceptance of Cornelius Gurlitt’s bequest

Bern declares that it will accept the bequest – Berlin, Munich, and Bern sign an agreement on how to man-age Cornelius Gurlitt’s legacy/Minister of State for Culture and the Media Prof. Grütters, Bavarian Minister of State for Justice Prof. Bausback, and President of the Board of Trustees Prof. Schäublin: “Together we will take on responsibility for the Gurlitt bequest!” more

Pakistan's Prime Minister visits Berlin Stepping up economic cooperation

Bilateral relations were the main focus of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s meeting with Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The Chancellor welcomed the close contacts that have been established between the governments of Pakistan and Afghanistan in the fight against terrorism. more

25th anniversary of the peaceful revolution and the fall of the Berlin Wall That night changed our lives, says Chancellor

It was an amazing feeling to walk across the Bornholm Bridge into the western part of Berlin for the first time, said Chancellor Angela Merkel in her video podcast to mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. She had waited 35 years to have this feeling of freedom. more

Eastern Partnership Forging closer links to Eastern Europe

The Cabinet has approved the bills relating to the Association Agreements between the European Union and Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia. They create a free trade area and step up economic relations between the three states and the European Union. Cooperation in the fields of liberty, security and the legal system too is strengthened. more

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