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Bundeswehr soldiers provide Peshmerga fighters with initial instruction in handling the G3 rifle on a firing range close to Erbil in northern Iraq.

The fight against IS Training mission in northern Iraq

The Bundeswehr is to be deployed in northern Iraq. The German Bundestag has approved the motion of the German government. Up to 100 German soldiers are to train Kurdish security forces in the fight against the terrorist organisation IS. more

Chancellor Angela Merkel at a Holocaust remembrance ceremony

70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz "The past is not forgotten"

At a remembrance ceremony of the International Auschwitz Committee, Chancellor Angela Merkel called for everything we know about the atrocities committed at that time to be passed on. "It will always be our duty to keep the memories alive," she said in Berlin. more

A woman walks past smoking buildings.

Ukraine crisis Breach of the ceasefire cannot be justified

The rocket attack on Mariupol is a breach of the ceasefire that cannot be justified under any circumstances, said Chancellor Angela Merkel in a telephone conversation with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. She expressed her condolences for the civilian victims of the attacks. By telephone she called on Russia’s President to prevent any further escalation. more

Meeting with Prime Minister Matteo Renzi Angela Merkel welcomes Italy's reform course

After her talks with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Chancellor Angela Merkel has welcomed the reform measures undertaken by the Italian government. She is convinced that some of these reforms will have a swift impact she said. Another item on the agenda of the meeting in Florence was Germany’s G7 Presidency. more

Second International German Forum Open for new ideas and innovations

Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for a readiness to accept new ideas in efforts to resolve problems. Germany too must look and see what ideas and what innovations other use to tackle major challenges, she stressed. The focus was on innovations for wellbeing, prosperity and progress. more

Ukraine crisis Agreement on the withdrawal of heavy weapons

At the meeting of the ministers of foreign affairs of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany, the parties to the conflict have agreed to a withdrawal of heavy weapons. Federal Foreign Minister Steinmeier said that this agreement did not constitute a breakthrough, but that "tangible progress" had been made. more

Migration Report 2013 More immigrants

Germany is attractive to immigrants. Their numbers rose from 1.08 million in 2012 to 1.23 million in 2013, reaching the 1993 level again for the first time. These figures are laid out in the Migration Report which was today adopted by the Cabinet. more