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08/16/2019

“One country, two systems” – Hong Kong’s political formula with potential for conflict

When the British lowered the Union Jack in Victoria Harbour and China hoisted its flag at midnight on 1 July 1997, the crown colony was passed to the People’s Republic of China after more than 150 years. The reason for this restitution was the expiry... 

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08/15/2019

High-level conference on the responsibility of religions for peace held for the first time in Germany

"Caring for Our Common Future” – shaping the common future of humanity and our planet

Strengthening the potential of religious communities to foster peace is the objective of the 10th World Assembly of the organisation Religions for Peace (RfP).... 

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08/13/2019

Partners for today’s and tomorrow’s challenges: Foreign Minister Maas travels to Canada

Team players for a rules-based world order

In Toronto, Foreign Minister Maas will meet Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland. Germany and Canada are united in their engagement for a rules-based international order and for the... 

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08/12/2019

Working together to strengthen international humanitarian law

70 years of the Geneva Conventions

The four Geneva Conventions were adopted on 12 August 1949. They represent a milestone in international humanitarian law and form the basis of the law governing armed conflict in its current form. With them, the... 

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08/07/2019

How the German Government is helping the Yazidis in Iraq

Persecution, displacement and forced migration

The Yazidis are a separate religious community which mainly lives in northern Iraq. The terrorist organisation Islamic State (IS), which in the summer of 2014 occupied, among other areas, parts of... 

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08/06/2019

Mozambique: on track towards peace

The long shadow of the civil war

Shortly after Mozambique won its independence from Portugal in 1975, the civil war began. The then Marxist-leaning governing party Frente de Libertação de Moçambique (FRELIMO) and the rebel movement Resistência... 

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08/06/2019

Legal certainty for all UK nationals in Germany

The aim of the bill is to create legal certainty for all UK nationals and their families who have made use of the EU freedom of movement and made decisions affecting their lives in Germany in the legitimate expectation that this freedom of... 

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08/05/2019

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in the twin-city Frankfurt (Oder) and Słubice

Two cities, one goal

Frankfurt and Słubice are divided by a river and a national border but joint projects are helping the two cities grow even closer together. Children and young people attend bilingual kindergartens and schools. The European... 

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08/02/2019

Europe United – Germany and its partners ahead of its EU Council Presidency in 2020

From Helsinki to Frankfurt in 20 milliseconds? No problem! Since March 2016, that is how quickly information has been passing through the C-Lion1 data cable laid by the Finnish Cinia Group on the Baltic sea-bed. Over the course of 93 days, a special... 

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08/02/2019

The end of the INF Treaty

What is the INF Treaty for?

The INF Treaty (on Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces) was concluded by the United States of America and the Soviet Union in 1987. Signed at the height of the Cold War, it marked a turning-point: the two major powers... 

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07/31/2019

75 years since the Warsaw Uprising

Resistance and destruction

Warsaw occupies a special place among the countless sites of German crimes committed during the Second World War. The Polish capital witnessed two uprisings against the inhumane occupation by the National Socialists, both... 

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07/29/2019

What does “freedom of navigation” actually mean?

Freedom of the high seas

The rules and regulations applicable to navigation depend on where a ship finds itself. The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) of 1982 distinguishes between the territorial sea, an exclusive economic... 

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