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Syria conflict Immediate ceasefire essential

The German government has once again condemned the Syrian regime’s massive attacks on Eastern Ghouta. This is a violation of the ceasefire called for by the UN Security Council, said federal government spokesperson Steffen Seibert. There must not be another full-scale expulsion of entire sections of the population, he said. more

Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven to the Federal Chancellery.

The Swedish Prime Minister visits Sharing burdens fairly

Chancellor Angela Merkel has advocated swift agreement on a common European asylum system during a meeting with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven. "Time is short and we must endeavour to negotiate a genuinely sensible, coherent system by June," said Angela Merkel. more

Training Afghan troops to defuse bombs. A German Bundeswehr soldier watches as Afghan soldiers explain to their comrades how to use metal detectors.

Cabinet extends mandate Bundeswehr to remain in Afghanistan

The German government has extended the mandate covering the deployment of German troops in Afghanistan until 31 March 2019. Up to 1,300 soldiers, as compared to the current ceiling of 980, will in future train and advise the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces. more

US plans import tariffs German government advocates free trade

The German government rejects the tariffs on imported steel and aluminium planned by the US President. This would have a significant impact on German industry, said federal government spokesperson Steffen Seibert. It is not isolationism but free trade and open markets that are the right way forward, he said. more

Cabinet Bundeswehr foreign missions extended

The Bundeswehr will continue to be involved in international foreign missions. The Cabinet has extended the mandates for missions in Mali, South Sudan and Darfur, and in the Mediterranean. In the field of security policy, Germany stands for reliability. more

Bundeswehr mandate for Iraq A contribution to stabilisation

The German government is to extend the deployment of armed German troops in Iraq. The soldiers are helping carry forward the fight against IS terrorists and stabilise Iraq as a whole. more