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Foreign Minister Steinmeier on the death of Walter Scheel

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier today (24 August) issued the following statement on the death of Walter Scheel: “I am saddened by the death of Walter Scheel. The staff of the Federal Foreign Office and I mourn the passing of a former Foreign Minister. A long life well spent ended today. Walter Scheel will be remembered as a great politician of the young Federal Republic of Germany’s first decades. Walter Scheel decisively shaped the foreign policy of our country in difficult times – with an iron curtain running straight through divided Germany – as Foreign Minister and as Federal President. Walter Scheel was one of the architects of Germany’s “Ostpolitik” in the SPD/FDP coalition government headed by Willy Brandt. Walter Scheel helped negotiate and bring through parliament not only the treaties with the Soviet Union and with Poland, but also the other Eastern Treaties. All of these are historic milestones of Germany’s policy of détente, which ultimately led to reunification and to an end of the division of Europe. Walter Scheel rendered great service to our country. We are grateful to him for many decades of tireless dedication to peace and freedom. His memory will be revered.”


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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.

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Final of the International German Olympics held in the Weltsaal at the Federal Foreign Office

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.

Excavation at ‘Ria-rockshelter’, Solomon Islands 2014-2015

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.

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Germany’s candidacy for a seat on the Security Council in 2019/20

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.

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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:

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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.


Recommendations to strengthen German-Australian relations

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.

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Cultural relations and education policy forum, People on the Move, with Foreign Minister Steinmeier

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.

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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.

Implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

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Germany intends to become inclusive: With the National Action Plan to Implement the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the Federal Government of Germany is setting a process in motion which will exert a major influence in the next ten years not only on the lives of persons with disabilities, but on those of everyone in Germany. The idea of inclusion, which is the central guiding concept of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, will change our everyday culture.