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Passers-by on Sebastianstraße (West Berlin side) watch the border soldiers building the wall.

The Berlin Wall The inhuman structure

The construction of the wall on 13 August 1961 shaped a whole epoch. For 28 years, the wall divided Berlin, separated families, destroyed ways of life - and claimed the lives of numerous people. Generations of Germans suffered the consequences of the division of Germany. more

A Turkish flag flies in Istanbul.

Arrests in Turkey German government criticises transfer to a different prison

Turkey has transferred Peter Steudtner to a different prison. The German government is observing this with concern, reported Federal Foreign Office spokesperson Martin Schäfer. more

Afghan officials inspect outside the German embassy after a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan May 31, 2017. German embassy

Security situation in Afghanistan Restricted repatriations still possible

The attitude of the federal government to the repatriation of Afghan citizens does not have to be corrected. This was confirmed by Federal Foreign Office spokesperson Schäfer. Following an interim report on the security situation, criminals and dangerous persons can continue to be deported to Afghanistan. more

Following a kidnapping in Berlin Vietnamese diplomat expelled

The Federal Foreign Office is to declare the official representative of the Vietnamese intelligence agencies at the Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam in Germany persona non grata. He will be given 48 hours to leave Germany. more

Ursula von der Leyen in Mali Helicopter pilots were "extremely experienced"

At Camp Castor in Mali, Federal Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen has spoken with Bundeswehr soldiers about the helicopter crash. She refuted doubts voiced about the experience or the training of the pilots. Both of the Bundeswehr pilots killed in the crash were extremely experienced and competent, declared the minister. more

Solidarity with Italy Preventing further refugee flows

In a telephone conversation Chancellor Angela Merkel has once again assured Italy’s Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni of her solidarity in the field of refugee policy. They also discussed political developments in Libya, reported deputy government spokesperson Ulrike Demmer. more

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