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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

Frankfurt's Lord Mayor Peter Feldmann and Hesse's State Premier Volker Bouffier welcome the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.

German-British relations The Queen in Germany

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are on a four-day visit to Germany. Visits to Berlin and Frankfurt am Main were on the agenda of this fifth state visit to Germany. more

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

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