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
Germany will assume the Chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in January 2016 for a one year term
The German Government’s motto for the year is “renewing dialogue, rebuilding trust, restoring security”. The Government will thus seek to strengthen OSCE instruments and institutions, promote dialogue among the participating States and thereby rebuild trust in Europe.
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In view of the still drastic humanitarian situation in and around Syria, the international Supporting Syria and the Region conference is being held in London on 4 February. Germany, Kuwait, Norway and...
Germany’s involvement in Syria
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” can be downloaded as an e-paper.
Facts about Germany
Refugee crisis - what German foreign policy is doing
Dealing with the worldwide refugee crisis is an international challenge. Combating the causes of flight and raising awareness in countries of origin ‑ these are the priorities of German foreign policy.
More information on German foreign policy in the refugee crisis
Recognition payments for former Soviet prisoners of war
On 21 May 2015, the German Bundestag decided that former Soviet prisoners of war were to receive symbolic recognition payments.
Further details are available here.
The village of Dardesheim has received the “Energy Municipality Award 2015” for its efforts to introduce new and sustainable energy technologies
“Dardesheim represents the most remarkable pioneering spirit of many municipalities engaged in the German Energiewende”, said Philipp Vohrer, Managing Director of the AEE, at the award ceremony in Kassel (Hesse) which took place in November last year.
Energy Municipality 2015
Foreign policy needs a strong civil society - a prelude to a strategic dialogue between foundations and the Federal Foreign Office
From a foreign policy of states towards a foreign policy of societies: In a world of upheaval, things rearrange. How can the Foreign Office - working together with foundations - achieve better and more stable results? That is the topic of a strategic dialogue between both sides.
The special feature on “25 years of German unity” in the current issue of DE Magazin Deutschland and the corresponding dossier on the deutschland.de website do not only present background articles and interviews looking back on what has been achieved, but also and above all they focus on the present in Germany today.