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01/18/2019

Working to protect child soldiers

The war in Rwanda may have ended a long time ago, but Canadian Major General Roméo Dallaire has not been able to forget what he saw when on duty there in 1994. As the Force Commander of UNAMIR (United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda), he... 

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01/18/2019

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in Moscow and Kyiv for talks

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is travelling to Moscow and Kyiv for political talks today (18 January). He is due to discuss the future of the INF Treaty on intermediate-range nuclear missiles with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Other issues on... 

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01/17/2019

Peace for everyone – but not with us?

The times are long since past when negotiations in back rooms and secret pacts were a part of foreign policy, when decisions were the sole prerogative of statesmen. In democratic countries today, foreign policy decisions are discussed in public, and... 

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01/16/2019

No majority in London for Brexit deal

In the vote held on 15 January, the British Government failed to win a majority in the House of Commons for the Withdrawal Agreement and the Political Declaration on the future relationship negotiated between the EU and the UK. The agreement reached... 

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01/16/2019

Yemen: supporting the initiation of a peace process

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is opening the High Level Strategic Dialogue on the Peace Process and Prospects for Stabilisation in Yemen today (16 January). Germany is supporting the efforts of UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths in this... 

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01/15/2019

Why Russia must remain in the Council of Europe

Foreign Minister Maas met Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland on Tuesday (15 January). The reason for their meeting was the crisis facing the international organisation as a result of a dispute with Russia. “Russia belongs to... 

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01/15/2019

Brexit negotiations – what happens next?

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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01/15/2019

Prepared for any eventuality – how the German Government is getting ready for Brexit

Since the summer of 2016, the German Government has been preparing for Brexit and making arrangements for all possible scenarios.

Withdrawal Agreement

At the end of November 2018, the Withdrawal Agreement and a Political Declaration on future... 

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01/10/2019

Kosovo and Serbia need to find reconciliation

Foreign Minister Maas met his counterpart from Kosovo Behgjet Pacolli in Berlin on Thursday (10 January). Following their talks, Maas stated, “We call upon Kosovo and Serbia to return to constructive dialogue”. The Foreign Minister said that one of... 

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01/10/2019

A team that inspires hope

The Korean Peninsula has been divided for over 70 years, with one of the last borders of the Cold War separating people in North and South Korea from each other. Nevertheless, the two countries will compete as a joint team at the IHF Handball World... 

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01/09/2019

Joining forces for Europe – Germany and France agree the Treaty of Aachen

The Cabinet gave its consent today (9 January) to the Treaty on Franco-German Cooperation and Integration (Treaty of Aachen), which will be signed by Federal Chancellor Merkel and President Macron in Aachen on 22 January 2019. The new Treaty will... 

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01/09/2019

Maas in Ireland: “A strong Europe needs strong foundations”

At the invitation of his Irish counterpart Simon Coveney, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas addressed Ireland’s Ambassadors and Consuls General at their annual meeting in Dublin on 8 January 2019.His subsequent discussions with the Irish Foreign Minister... 

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