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02/19/2019

Reconstruction, reforms and reconciliation

With the meeting, Foreign Minister Maas continues his dialogue with high-level representatives of the Iraqi Government, after his visit to Baghdad in December 2018. The discussion focused on Germany’s support for Iraq. Germany is comprehensively... 

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02/18/2019

Maas in Brussels: Spotlight on Syria, Yemen and Venezuela

There can be no peace without a political process. That was Heiko Maas’ central message at the Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels. Turning to Syria, the Foreign Minister emphasised:

With the new UN Special Envoy Pedersen we now have the... 

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02/15/2019

Letting ourselves be guided by Humboldt’s enthusiasm

250 years after the birth of the great German natural scientist, the findings of Alexander von Humboldt are more relevant than ever. Speaking in Ecuador, Federal President Steinmeier issued a warning: The earth’s entire ecosystem is threatened. We... 

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02/14/2019

A world in shatters or rejuvenated multilateralism?

The wars in Yemen and Syria, Russia’s and the United States’ withdrawal from the INF Treaty, the situation in Venezuela – the list of international flashpoints is long. However, this year’s Munich Security Conference will not only revolve around... 

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02/13/2019

Colombia: helping refugees from Venezuela, safeguarding peace

More than one million Venezuelans have fled to Colombia as a result of the crisis in their country, 220,000 of whom now live in Bogotá alone. During his visit to the Colombian capital, Federal President Steinmeier visited the Bogotá Municipal aid... 

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02/13/2019

Southern Africa – a booming region

Ghana is booming. The second largest economy in West Africa grew by more than eight percent in 2017 and is estimated to have grown by more than six percent in 2018, while the forecast for 2019 is more than seven percent.

Ghana is by no means an... 

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02/13/2019

German Government’s thirteenth Human Rights Report

Just like previous reports, the thirteenth Human Rights Report is a report for the entire Government with contributions from many ministries, in which the German Government describes its work at home and abroad to protect human rights.

Focus on organ...  >>


02/12/2019

Open and free societies under pressure

Spaces for civil society are shrinking in many countries of the world, including in Europe. Administrative hurdles are making work more difficult, staff members are being harassed and opportunities for engaging in open and critical dialogue... 

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02/12/2019

Opening the door to a political process in Syria

The conflict in Syria will soon have raged for eight full years. More than 400,000 people have lost their lives. Millions of Syrians have been forced to flee their homes. The first meeting between Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and Geir O. Pedersen, the... 

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02/11/2019

Peace for Afghanistan must be peace achieved by the Afghans

Since the end of Taliban rule in Afghanistan 18 years ago, the international community has been supporting the country on its way to lasting peace. Despite the difficult security situation, the Afghan Government has recently seen successes along this... 

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02/08/2019

Film fosters understanding

The curtain is rising for the 69th Berlin International Film Festival. Until 17 February 2019, the focus in Berlin will be entirely on cinema. The largest global film festival that is open to the public brings filmmakers from all over the world,... 

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02/08/2019

Venezuela: rapid assistance and elections

The situation in Venezuela remains extremely tense. Together with its partners from the EU and Latin America, Germany is committed to rapid humanitarian assistance and free and fair presidential elections. The International Contact Group, consisting... 

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