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12/17/2018

More equitable burden-sharing in refugee issues: UN General Assembly adopts Refugee Compact

The legally non-binding Compact is intended to enhance international cooperation on refugee issues and to achieve more equitable burden-sharing. Both are urgently needed. The number of refugees around the world has grown to almost 70 million people... 

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12/17/2018

Venezuela – aid that reaches those in need

According to United Nations figures, over three million Venezuelans have left their country because of the crisis. Experts say this is the largest movement of refugees and migrants in the history of Latin America. More Venezuelans are seeking refuge... 

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12/17/2018

Foreign Minister Maas in Baghdad

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas travelled to Baghdad on Monday (17 December). In the Iraqi capital he will hold talks with President Barham Salih, Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi and Foreign Minister Ali Al-Hakim. 

Why Europe needs a peaceful Iraq

The... 

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12/15/2018

Successful conclusion of COP24 in Katowice

The 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change - the most important climate conference since the conclusion of the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015 – ended in Katowice today (15 December). More than... 

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12/15/2018

Foreign Minister Maas travels to Kuwait

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas departs for Kuwait on Sunday (16 December). The aim of his visit is to support the policy of balanced interests that the emirate is pursuing in the region. Diplomatic mediation will especially be required to address the... 

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12/14/2018

Supporting brave journalists

“Hold your tongues!” a note left on his car read. It was an order to keep their mouths shut or to leave. Rafael Pineda, with the pseudonym Rapé, the owner of the car, has been a caricaturist in Mexico for 23 years. He comes from the state of Veracruz... 

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12/14/2018

Germany and Spain – close partners on migration

In 2018, passage from North Africa to the Spanish mainland has become the main irregular migration route to Europe. At the narrowest point of the Strait of Gibraltar, Spain and Morocco are separated by only 14 kilometres of water. With its exclaves... 

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12/14/2018

#EuropeUnited against disinformation

Everyone is talking about disinformation. There is talk of bots and trolls in newspapers, online and on the news. However, this problem is much further-reaching – disinformation is being used to aggravate tensions in our societies and to bolster the... 

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12/14/2018

Putting an end to unregulated arms trading around the world

Before the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) entered into force in December 2014, there were no internationally applicable standards for trade in conventional military equipment. This has had serious consequences for many people around the world. Weapons of... 

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12/13/2018

The lifesavers

Mahmoud Wohush, a doctor, is especially proud of one thing: child mortality among Palestinian refugees has dropped dramatically during the last 30 years. While 100 children per 1000 births died in the 1980s, the number today is 18. “We do everything... 

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12/13/2018

We are united by far more than the things that divided us in the past.”

The second meeting of the two foreign ministers within the space of just a few weeks is a reflection of the ambitious agenda that Germany and Poland have set themselves – most recently at the intergovernmental consultations in Warsaw. Maas had the... 

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12/13/2018

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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