A Book of Condolence will be open for signature at the German Embassy in Canberra, on Friday, 26 August 2016 and Monday, 29 August 2016 from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon.
Welcome to the website of the German Embassy Canberra!
As the new German Ambassador to Australia, I am delighted that you are interested in Germany and German-Australian relations.
Germany and Australia have enjoyed close and amicable diplomatic ties for over 60 years. Our aim now is to focus on expanding these links. In late 2015, a high-level Australia-Germany Advisory Group chaired by Minister of State Professor Maria Böhmer and Minister Mathias Cormann drew up a list of recommendations. My team and I look forward to putting these ideas into practice over the coming years.
Priorities will include developing our political relations and furthering the security dialogue, which is becoming ever more important. We will also focus on cooperation in new areas in order to enable us to meet the economic and social challenges of the future. This includes issues such as digitisation, industry 4.0, start-up development and technological change in the context of the shift to green energy. It is important to me that we have even better bilateral cooperation between business and research in order to develop and apply new technologies.
Complete Version of Welcome Message
For two weeks, the participants have been bravely battling their way through adjective declensions and nominal constructions – but above all, they have proved their intercultural skills and made friends from all over the world. A ceremony was held at the Federal Foreign Office on Friday (29 July 2016) to pay tribute to the participants and winners of this year’s International German Olympics.
International German Olympics 2016
The dwelling site and burial place ‚Ria-rockshelter‘
The archaeological investigations at the ‘Ria-rockshelter’ within the research project “Settlement History of Melanesia – Prehistory of the Solomon Islands” are conducted in close cooperation with the National Museum Honiara and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Solomon Islands.
The rock overhang ‘Ria’ is located in the province East Are Are in southern Malaita and was formed by an isolated natural limestone cliff and can serve as a shelter for one to two families. The archaeological potential of the shelter was suspected during a survey in the region in 2011 and finally confirmed through a first test sounding in 2013. The excavations continued in 2014 and 2015 and revealed new results.
Germany is seeking to become a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. Foreign Minister Steinmeier announced the candidacy for 2019/20 in Hamburg on Monday (27 June). The elections are expected to take place at the General Assembly in June 2018.
Germany’s candidacy on the Security Council
Germany’s OSCE Chairmanship in 2016 – “Renewing dialogue, rebuilding trust, restoring security”
On 1 January 2016 Germany has assumed the Chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Co‑operation in Europe (OSCE) and is therefore be responsible for steering the Organization safely through the stormy tides of crises and challenges in 2016. Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has presented the details of the Chairmanship’s programme to the 57 OSCE participating States in Vienna on 14 January 2016.
Further information is available on the following websites:
EU Council Presidency
In the second half of 2016, Slovakia will assume the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
Germany's New Global Role - Berlin steps up
In a personalised article published in the July/August-issue 2016 of "Foreign Affairs"-magazine, German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, analyses why Germany has won influence in the global policy.
Here you can find the article published on "www.diplo.de"
In November 2015, the co‑chairs of the Australia-Germany Advisory Group, Maria Böhmer, Minister of State at Germany’s Federal Foreign Office and Mathias Cormann, Australian Minister for Finance, presented Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull with a report containing 59 recommendations to intensify relations between the two countries.
The Australia-Germany Advisory Group
In the current legislative term, cultural relations and education policy plays a greater role than ever before. In a world that seems to be out of joint, and in which conflicts are increasingly of a cultural and religious nature, the notion that ideological mindsets can only be overcome through differentiation, discussion and collaboration in the fields of culture, education and science is of particular importance.
Cultural relations and education policy forum
New version of “Facts about Germany” – in 19 languages
“Facts about Germany” has everything you need to know about Germany today. How the political system works. The guidelines that define foreign policy. The special characteristics of the economy. What is new in art and culture. The new website features articles, background information, images, charts, films and lots of other modules. Focussing on these and many other topics, besides – in no less than 19 languages. On top of which, all the “Facts” (incl. the new book for young adults in 9 languages) can be downloaded as an e-paper.