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Supporting the UN Refugee Agency

Their talks focused on the situation of refugees and migrants in Libya and Syria and on German support for UNHCR. Maas announced that Germany will provide 250 million euros in 2018 alone for UNHCR regional programmes, of which 140 million euros will... 



United Nations: Germany initiates Group of Friends on Climate and Security

The Federal Government is implementing the announcement made by Foreign Minister Maas in New York promising increased engagement by Germany in this area, together with island states threatened by climate change.

New Group of Friends

On 1 August 2018,... 



Fake news, bots and provocative statements – disinformation on the internet

Disinformation in cyberspace

According to current European Commission polls, 80% of EU citizens encounter what they consider to be false or misleading information several times per month.

Those who spread disinformation often do so to launch targeted... 



Operations via Skype

Sometimes when Dr Muhammad Tahir is out and about in Peshawar, Pakistan, his phone rings. When that happens, he knows that time is of the essence.

A child has spilled boiling water on themself, a car has burned out in an accident, or there has been... 



Negotiations on the UN Global Compact for Migration successfully concluded

The international community concluded the negotiations on the UN Global Compact for Migration in New York last Friday, thereby reaffirming a common will to make worldwide migration not only safer, but also more regular and orderly.

A first step has...  >>


Supporting Albania on its way into the EU

With the 28 EU member states’ decision to open accession negotiations with Albania in 2019, the country has taken a significant step towards EU membership. The government is implementing important reforms, above all in the judiciary. During his... 



Political Directors hold Normandy format meeting in Berlin

The Political Directors from the Normandy format countries (Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France) met at the Federal Foreign Office today (26 July). They discussed issues concerning the implementation of the Minsk agreements, in particular the... 



Korea: Maas travels to the Demilitarised Zone

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas travelled to South Korea on Thursday (26 July). After Tokyo, Seoul is the second stop of his first trip to Asia. While in the South Korean capital, Maas’ agenda will include a meeting with his counterpart Kang Kyung wha... 



Maas visits Japan

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas will depart for Japan on Tuesday (24 July). His programme in Tokyo will include talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Foreign Minister Taro Kono. The partnership with countries like Japan is of particular importance... 



White Helmets evacuated from Syria – Germany will grant protection

The members of the Syrian NGO Syria Civil Defence, better known as the White Helmets, are important humanitarian first responders in the conflict in Syria. 

In the early hours of Sunday (22 July), an internationally coordinated operation evacuated... 



Germany and Italy: Teaming up for the good of Europe

On 23 July, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas met with his Italian counterpart Enzo Moavero Milanesi during the latter's first official visit to Berlin. Their talks focused on European and international issues, in particular on ways to support Italy’s... 



Setting the course for Brexit and beyond

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas met his UK counterpart, Jeremy Hunt, during the latter’s first official visit to Berlin as Foreign Secretary on Monday (23 July). Their talks focused on the questions that have yet to be resolved as regards the UK’s exit...