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German presidency of the G7
Germany assumed the presidency of the G7 at the G7 summit in Brussels at the beginning of June 2014. On 7 and 8 June 2015, Germany will host the meeting of the heads of state and government. The summit will provide an opportunity to discuss current international challenges and to make progress on new topics in the international context.
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German Remembrance Service (Volkstrauertag) 2014
An invitation to this year’s memorial service – to be held in Melbourne – is extended to all. The memorial service is hosted by Mr Michael Pearce SC, Honorary Consul-General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Victoria.
Sunday, 16 November 2014 at 1:00pm
Martin-Luther-Heim in Boronia
67 Mount View Rd.
The Basin VIC 3155
The program includes words of remembrance from the Mr Mark Herrmann (Temple Society Australia); Mr Michael Pearce SC (Honorary Consul-General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Victoria); Hon Heidi Victoria MLA (Member for Bayswater District, Minister for the Arts, Women’s Affairs and Consumer Affairs in the State Government of Victoria); Mr Hans Schröder (Trinity Church, East Melbourne) together with musical accompaniment from the Liedertafel Arion Choir.
Following the traditional wreath laying ceremony, afternoon coffee and cake will be served in the Martin-Luther-Heim.
At 3.00pm a church service will be held by Pastor Matthias Kunze, German-Lutheran Trinity Church in German language.
The Helmholtz Association is Germanys largest research organisation with 38,000 staff members and an annual budget of 3.8 Billion Euros.
President of the Helmholtz Association, Professor Jürgen Mlynek is currently on a two week tour through Australia with directors and representatives from 6 Helmholtz Centers.
The delegation intends to get a first-hand view of Australian research excellence and explore possibilities for further cooperation.
Ambassador Dr Christoph Müller welcomed the Helmholtz group and 70 eminent guests, including Nobel Laureate Prof Brian Schmidt (photo) and representatives from academia and politics at a reception lastweek.
Helmholtz Association visits Canberra
Lot of guests joined Ambassador Dr Mueller on 3 October to celebrate the Day of German Unity. We would like to thank our sponsors Audi Centre Canberra, Rolfe Classic BMW, Mercedes Benz Canberra and Gerolsteiner Australia. You made the day perfect.
On September 11 the Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany Mr Pfeiffer attended the remembrance ceremony at the Bita Paka Cemetery near Rabaul in Papua New Guinea. The commemorations took place to remember the first military engagement of German and Australian soldiers in the First World War, exactly 100 years ago on September 11, 1914.
The Honorary Consul Mr Pfeiffer laid a wreath in remembrance of those who died during the battle that successfully took out a German wireless station.
Wreath Ceremony in Papua New Guinea
30 September 1989: Over 4,000 people squeeze into the gardens of the West German Embassy in Prague. The West German Foreign Minister Hans Dietrich Genscher addresses them: “We’re here today to tell you that today your emigration …”
The special issue of DE Magazin Deutschland on the subject “Remembrance and commemoration” focuses on three anniversaries in 2014. The First World War broke out 100 years ago. The Second World War began 75 years ago. The fall of the Wall 25 years ago was the first step on the path to German reunification. Essays by and interviews with renowned historians and political scientists analyse the events and their effects on the present. Young people from Europe, the United States and Israel describe how they feel about these historical events and why they actively support their commemoration.
Remembrance and commemoration – First World War, Second World War, fall of the Wall