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Syria Refugee conference in Berlin

In view of the dramatic refugee crisis, Germany is to host an international conference. In an interview, Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has announced that he has invited more than 40 ministers of foreign affairs and representatives of international organisations to attend the conference in Berlin on 28 October.

New climate initiatives Global partnership for the climate

At the UN Climate Summit in New York Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks has called for more commitment to climate action and climate finance. "The richest countries must stand by the poorer countries, as partners," she urged.

Epidemic in West Africa New measures to tackle Ebola

The German government has decided to step up measures to tackle the Ebola outbreak. Federal government spokesperson Steffen Seibert underscored the need for more human resources in the affected regions. Federal Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen announced that she would be calling for Bundeswehr medical staff to serve in Liberia.

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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

Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomes French Prime Minister Manuel Valls to the Federal Chancellery.

Angela Merkel receives Manuel Valls in Berlin Mastering the challenges together

Credible budgetary policy and more robust economic growth in the European Union remain the firm goals of both Germany and France, stated Chancellor Angela Merkel and French Prime Minister Manuel Valls following their meeting in Berlin. more

Workers at the steam engine works in Meiningen pose with a set of steam engine wheels.13.02.2013. Experience ensures the future of medium-sized industry

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

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. more

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

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

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

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