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Information exchange on financial accounts Joining forces to fight tax evasion

The automatic exchange of information on financial accounts around the world is coming. More than fifty countries have committed to this at an international tax conference hosted by Federal Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble.

Asylum and refugee policy Improvements for asylum-seekers

The Cabinet has decided to ease laws governing asylum and residence. Existing obstacles to the efforts of asylum-seekers to find employment are to be reduced, for instance. This is the response of the German government to the rising numbers of asylum-seekers arriving in Germany from the crisis-shaken parts of the world.

Haiti's President visits Berlin Further assistance for Haiti

Germany intends to maintain its development engagement in Haiti, Chancellor Angela Merkel assured Haiti’s President Michel Joseph Martelly during his visit to Berlin. At the same time Angela Merkel called for more investment in the private sector, energy supplies and education in Haiti.

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Chancellor Angela Merkel gives a speech in front of the King Albert I Memorial in Nieuwpoort.

World war remembrance in Belgium Call for peaceful Europe

At the national remembrance celebrations in Belgium, Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke of the incredible suffering of the country during the First World War. The Chancellor expressed her respect for the Belgians and thanked them for the friendship they have since built. more

Syrian refugees with their few remaining possessions

Refugee conference in Berlin Assistance for Syrian refugees and host states

In the face of the Syrian refugee crisis, the international community must focus more closely on the situation in the host states. The participants at the Conference on the Syrian Refugee Situation agreed on this point. Germany is to step up its support. more

President Petro Poroshenko gives interviews after casting his vote.

Parliamentary elections in Ukraine Vote for a fresh start

Ukrainians have voted, some of them under difficult conditions, for a fresh pro-European start. Federal government spokesperson Steffen Seibert congratulated Ukrainians on their "clear and courageous vote". more

At a Bundeswehr hospital in Berlin a soldier kits out a civilian with the protective suit that volunteers are to use in West Africal. Bundeswehr doctors are training hard for their anti-Ebola mission.

Ebola epidemic One billion euros for the fight against Ebola

The EU is to raise funding to fight the Ebola epidemic in West Africa to one billion euros, announced Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, at the Council meeting in Brussels. An EU Ebola coordinator was also appointed. more

Group of Seven G7 summit to take place on 7 and 8 June 2015

The federal government spokesperson, Steffen Seibert, has announced: more

Exhibition in London Germany seen through the eyes of the British

An exhibition at the British Museum is dedicated to 600 years of German culture and history "seen through they eyes of a friend" said Monika Grütters, Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media at the opening of the exhibition in London. more

Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Saudi Arabia Joining forces to tackle IS

Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has met with his opposite number Prince Saud Al-Faisal in Saudi Arabia. The main topic on the agenda was the fight against the IS terrorist organisation. In an earlier interview Steinmeier rejected the use of German combat troops on the ground in Syria. more