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06/18/2018

Thomas Mann House opens in Los Angeles

Today (18 June), Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier opened the former home of writer Thomas Mann and his family in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles. The Federal Foreign Office purchased the property in November 2016 following fears that it... 

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06/15/2018

Heiko Maas: Europe needs courage, ambition and willingness to shape foreign policy

A new, balanced partnership with the United States, joining forces with France on a very wide range of issues, and a new Ostpolitik – Heiko Maas used his speech at Postbahnhof in Berlin to propose ideas on a new foreign policy for Europe. He called... 

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06/14/2018

Maas: “A huge opportunity to open new doors to Europe”

Heiko Maas welcomed his guest by saying the timing of their meeting could not be better. Just two days earlier, Athens and Skopje had agreed on the future name of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, following lengthy negotiations. The two... 

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06/12/2018

Ukraine conflict - progress made after negotiations in Berlin

Emerging from negotiations in what is known as the “Normandy” format in Berlin, Russia and Ukraine have agreed on steps to de escalate the conflict. Foreign Minister Maas had invited his Russian, Ukrainian and French counterparts to Berlin on... 

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06/07/2018

Focusing on forgotten humanitarian crises: Federal Foreign Office supports the #nichtvergesser campaign

The large scale humanitarian crisis in Syria has been dominating the headlines for the past several years. However, there are other regions in which people are living in precarious conditions and fighting to survive. In Yemen, which has been... 

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06/07/2018

For peace, justice, partnership and innovation: Germany elected non-permanent member of UN Security Council

It was the third time he had visited the United Nations since taking office. And for good reason: the election of the non-permanent members of the UN Security Council took place in the United Nations General Assembly on Friday. With its five... 

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06/06/2018

10 years of PASCH: German lessons for more than 600,000 pupils

Ten years ago, the then Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier launched the Schools: Partners for the Future initiative (PASCH) to promote intercultural dialogue. The network now comprises over 2000 schools in around 120 countries and is a... 

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06/05/2018

Hungary’s Foreign Minister visits Berlin: time for good compromises

“We must intensify our dialogue,” emphasised Foreign Minister Maas right at the beginning of his meeting with the Hungarian Foreign Minister at Villa Borsig today. “It has seldom been so crucial for the EU to speak with one voice. While we are not... 

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06/01/2018

Long Night of Ideas in Berlin

Together with its partners, the Federal Foreign Office presented the entire spectrum of its cultural relations and educational activities in prominent locations in Berlin’s cultural scene, ranging from the Humboldt Forum, through the Maxim Gorki... 

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05/31/2018

Protectionism and isolation must not be allowed to gain the upper hand

For the second year in a row, China is Germany’s largest global trading partner. For its part, China conducts more trade with Germany than with any other European country. During Wang Yi’s visit to Villa Borsig, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas... 

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05/31/2018

South Africa in 2018 – political transformation and the Nelson Mandela centenary

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Let freedom reign” – the famous quotation from Nelson Mandela’s inaugural speech on 11 May 1994 would become the motto of South Africa’s new democracy in the coming years. It was important to me to travel to the home of Africa’s struggle... 

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05/31/2018

A peace initiative for Ukraine: Maas travels to the conflict region in Donbass

On Thursday (31 May), Foreign Minister Maas will set off on a trip to Kyiv and the disputed Donbass region. The aim of the Foreign Minister’s visit is to bring new momentum to the peace process that has dragged on for many years. In Kyiv, Maas will... 

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