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04/18/2018

Reviewing the human rights situation – Germany in the Human Rights Council’s UPR process

The Universal Periodic Review process

The establishment of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in 2006 led to the creation of a new instrument, the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), which checks whether human rights are worth more than the paper on... 

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04/17/2018

Maas calls for greater efforts worldwide to combat climate change

Opening the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue on Tuesday (17 April), Foreign Minister Maas called for greater efforts in the fight against climate change. Addressing an audience of politicians and energy experts from across the world, Maas said... 

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04/17/2018

Devising a solution for Syria – Maas meets Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas met his Canadian counterpart Chrystia Freeland at the Federal Foreign Office on Tuesday (17 April). Canada will host the G7 Summit in 2018. Before the Heads of State and Government meet in Quebec in June, the Foreign... 

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04/16/2018

Diplomatic initiative for Syria – Maas meets EU Foreign Ministers

On Monday (16 April), Foreign Minister Maas and his EU counterparts met to discuss possible diplomatic solutions to the conflict in Syria. The Foreign Ministers convened at a Foreign Affairs Council meeting in Luxembourg in order to discuss the most... 

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04/13/2018

Friends for a strong Europe: Foreign Minister Maas in Belgium

Foreign Minister Maas travelled to Belgium on Friday (13 April). In the capital, Brussels, he had talks with his Belgian counterpart Didier Reynders. The main item on the agenda was the future of the European Union. Like Germany, Belgium is one of... 

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04/13/2018

For a strong EU that holds together: Maas in Brussels

On Friday (13 April), Foreign Minister Heiko Maas travelled to the Belgian capital for his first official visit to the institutions of the European Union. In Brussels, Maas will hold talks with President of the European Commission Jean-Claude... 

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04/12/2018

Working together for a better, forward-looking Europe – Minister of State Roth visits The Hague

The lively talks with the members of parliament provided an opportunity to discuss current EU policy issues, in particular the outlook for the 2020 2027 Multiannual Financial Framework (the EU’s future budget), further development of European... 

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04/12/2018

Maas – looking ahead together despite Brexit

Solidarity in difficult times

Maas underlined in Oxford that the UK’s decision to withdraw from the European Union was regrettable for both sides. However, this was now reality, and it was important to adapt to it as far as possible. Maas and Johnson... 

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04/12/2018

“An institution in foreign policy”: Farewell to Gernot Erler as Russia Coordinator

Relations between Russia, Germany and Europe, foreign and peace policy, and particularly the balance between East and West: these, Gernot Erler says, have been his “life’s work”. Having obtained his university entrance qualification and moved to... 

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04/12/2018

Maas in Ireland: solidarity among the EU27 the first priority

Avoiding a hard border

Until 1998, the brutal Northern Ireland conflict raged on the British part of the “Emerald Isle”. The Good Friday Agreement, signed almost exactly 20 years ago, marked the end of that conflict. Reconciliation among the parties... 

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04/10/2018

Maas meets Swedish Foreign Minister Wallström

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas received his Swedish colleague Margot Wallström in the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin on Tuesday (10 April). The talks focused not just on bilateral issues but also on the key global and European challenges. 

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04/09/2018

Standing by Syria’s neighbour – Maas in Jordan

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has travelled to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan on the 4th of April 2018. There, he met Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi in the capital Amman. His programme also included a visit to a refugee camp and talks with... 

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