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10/14/2019

EU Foreign Ministers affirm their commitment to peace and reforms in Ukraine

Since the election of the new Government in Kyiv, there have been grounds for cautious optimism as regards resolving the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko attended the Foreign Affairs Council today (14 October)... 

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10/14/2019

Escalating situation in north-eastern Syria

What has happened?

A Turkish military offensive has been under way in north-eastern Syria since 9 October. Prior to this, the situation there was relatively stable compared to the rest of the country. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), dominated by... 

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10/11/2019

Innovation in humanitarian assistance

Humanitarian assistance aims to ensure that people who are in need as a result of conflicts or disasters can survive in dignity. Every crisis presents aid organisations with new and unique tasks in this regard. The growing awareness of the... 

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10/02/2019

Strong together: German‑Dutch Government Consultations in Berlin

This is the third time that the Governments of Germany and the Netherlands are meeting in order to drive forward common projects in key policy fields. Their consultations are focusing on four issues that are particularly important to both countries:... 

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09/30/2019

Prague: One of Europe’s finest hours in the German Embassy

Shortly before 7 p.m. on 30 September 1989, the then German Foreign Minister, Hans-Dietrich Genscher, made the announcement from the balcony of the German Embassy which brought such joy and relief to thousands of GDR citizens who had sought refuge... 

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09/27/2019

North Macedonia and Albania moving closer to EU accession

All EU member states have to agree before EU accession negotiations can be opened with the two countries. With the Bundestag decision, Germany has indicated its readiness – as have almost all EU member states. However, some countries have still to... 

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09/27/2019

IAAF World Athletics Championship 2019 – sport as a unifying force worldwide

From today, 71 athletes from Germany will be the second-largest team at the IAAF World Athletics Championships 2019, which open today in Doha and end on 6 October. When there is political tension between countries, sport can build new bridges and... 

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09/26/2019

New European Public Prosecutor to tackle fraud

The decision was taken in Brussels yesterday. Together with the European Parliament, the EU member states appointed former Romanian corruption investigator Laura Codruta Kövesi as the first head of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office, which is... 

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09/26/2019

Six initiatives for multilateralism

Foreign Minister Maas firmly believes that no-one who wants to find sustainable solutions to conflicts and crises or solid responses to global challenges can do so alone. This is the idea at the heart of sustainable foreign policy. Together with a... 

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09/26/2019

Putting nuclear disarmament to the test

From delivery systems to warheads – new paths to nuclear disarmament

Verification – the question of to what extent contracting parties have actually adhered to their disarmament obligations – is a crucial aspect of nuclear disarmament. Although... 

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09/26/2019

Maas in New York: Time for sustainable foreign policy

Sustainability: this is almost certainly the most frequently heard word at the UN General Assembly this year. No matter whether it is climate and security, disarmament issues or the resolution of the conflicts in Syria, Afghanistan and Ukraine: “We... 

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09/25/2019

Cyber policy: multilateral solutions for the future

The 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly is currently taking place in New York. Numerous issues are on the agenda when the countries of the world convene. All these issues have one thing in common: they are challenges that can only be... 

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