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Crisis in Ukraine Russia has a special responsibility

The situation in eastern Ukraine again worsened over the weekend. In the face of Russia’s threat to cut off gas supplies, the German government is calling for solidarity on the part of European states. At a meeting in Luxembourg the EU foreign ministers approved further financial assistance for Ukraine.

Germany/Greece On the right path together

The progress is plain to see, as Chancellor Angela Merkel confirmed to Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras. During her brief visit to Athens, the Chancellor met not only with her Greek counterpart, but also with numerous representatives of the business community.

Federal budget Scope for investment

In 2014 the German federal government will borrow about 6.5 billion euros – the lowest level of new borrowing for over forty years. The 2014 budget is structurally balanced and in fact shows a surplus of 1.8 billion euros. As of 2015 the federal budget will manage without any new borrowing at all.

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Chancellor Angela Merkel shows Myanmar's Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi the view from the window of the Federal Chancellery

Germany/Myanmar Germany offers Myanmar assistance

Chancellor Angela Merkel and Myanmar’s opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, have met for the first time. In Berlin the Chancellor praised Aung San Suu Kyi’s unwavering stance on liberty, democracy and human rights. In spite of the many threats she has faced, the Nobel Peace Laureate has stuck to her ideals. more

Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during the general debate on the 2014 budget.

2014 budget Sound finances for more growth

The first budget without new borrowing is within reach, said the Chancellor in the German Bundestag. 2014 will see a structurally balanced budget and in 2015 no new borrowing should be required. more

Tugs help a container ship dock in Hamburg.

IMF World Economic Outlook Much praise for Germany

A stable labour market, rising domestic demand and more investment – according to the International Monetary Fund, Germany is doing almost everything right. Overall, the world economy can look to the future with confidence. more

Foreign mission EU mission in the Central African Republic

German soldiers are to be deployed in the Central African Republic. They will be supporting the EU’s European Forces Republic of Central Africa mission (EUFOR RCA). German troops will be providing strategic air transport for the wounded. more

Reform of the Renewable Energies Law Using the opportunities of the energy shift

The main concern of the 2014 Renewable Energies Law is to keep costs down without halting the expansion of renewable energies, and thus Germany’s shift to a more sustainable energy supply. The German government will ensure that the generation of green power is more market-oriented in future. more

German citizenship New rules on citizenship

In future, children of non-German parents who are born and brought up in Germany will no longer have to choose between two passports. Until now they have been required to decide on one citizenship by their 23rd birthday. The new bill will make it possible to hold more than one citizenship under certain conditions. more

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