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12/12/2018

Mines – the insidious legacy of war

Tetiana Nykyforova inches forward using a sensor with which she carefully lifts branches and moves undergrowth, constantly keeping an eye out for a wire that could cause an explosion. She then uses a metal detector. “Each time I find something, I... 

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12/12/2018

A ray of hope for Yemen

Since 5 December, talks led by UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffith have been taking place in Johannesbergs Slott, a castle in the countryside near Stockholm, between the Yemeni Government and the Houthi rebels. Following the collapse of the... 

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12/11/2018

Putting a stop to the illegal arms trade

Foreign Minister Maas has announced that more funds will be made available to combat the illegal arms trade. The focus is on the Western Balkans. Maas and his French opposite number, Foreign Minister Le Drian, jointly hosted a conference in Paris on... 

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12/10/2018

Iran, Ukraine, Yemen, Western Balkans: Maas attends Foreign Affairs Council

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas met his counterparts from the other EU countries in Brussels today to discuss several pressing areas of conflict in international affairs. They talked about the conflict in Ukraine, the nuclear deal with Iran and the... 

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12/10/2018

The Franco-German Prize for Human Rights: these are the 2018 laureates

On every 10th of December since 2016, France and Germany have presented the Franco-German Prize for Human Rights on Human Rights Day, in recognition of human rights defenders around the world. This year, there is even more reason to celebrate  ... 

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12/09/2018

Minister of State Annen in Mexico: close cooperation in a spirit of trust

High ranking guests from over 40 countries attended the inauguration ceremony in the Chamber of Deputies.  Following lunch with his international guests, President López Obrador delivered his first address to the nation. Immediately after his... 

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12/07/2018

Portugal: An ally for the European project

Heiko Maas travelled to Portugal today, where he met with his counterpart Augusto Santos Silva. Maas used his first bilateral visit to make a case for greater cooperation on European issues: 

Germany and Portugal are in absolute agreement that our... 

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12/06/2018

Without trust, there is more risk

In view of the latest international crises, Maas has called for greater investments in confidence-building and dialogue. “Without trust that fundamental rules will be upheld, Europe’s security will be at risk,” he said on Thursday (6 December) before... 

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12/04/2018

Maas calls for new talks on arms control

At the meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers in Brussels on Tuesday (4 December), Foreign Minister Maas called for new talks on arms control. “We want to put the topic of arms control back on the international agenda,” he said. At their meeting, the... 

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12/04/2018

Brazil – women for climate protection

Since Sunday, the international community has been grappling in Katowice, Poland, with the question of limiting global warming. However, more than almost any other issue, climate protection and sustainability is not only a global matter – above all,... 

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12/03/2018

On the home stretch – agreement reached in the Brexit negotiations

The Brexit negotiations reached a major milestone on 25 November 2018. After the chief negotiators on both sides – the UK Government and the European Commission, which represents the EU27 – had reached a provisional agreement, the Heads of State and... 

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12/03/2018

Slovenia: close partner for a united Europe

Slovenia and Germany, which both have a pro European Government, often have the same goals in the EU. At a meeting with Slovenia’s Foreign Minister, Heiko Maas said:

For Germany, Slovenia is a particularly close partner for a united Europe. We need... 

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