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06/25/2019

“Good news for Russian civil society” – Russia to stay in the Council of Europe

In the early hours of Tuesday, shortly after 1 a.m.: following nine hours of debate, the members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) voted by a clear majority in favour of a compromise which smooths the way for Russia’s... 

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06/24/2019

How Germany works for de-escalation in the Middle East

Reducing tension, facilitating dialogue

An escalation in the Middle East would have grave consequences which would reverberate far beyond the region itself. Although the Governments in Tehran and Washington have made clear time and again that they... 

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06/24/2019

Global Compact on Refugees – taking responsibility and sharing the burden

Six months ago, the vast majority of the world’s countries reached agreement for the first time on a comprehensive framework on refugee issues. The aim of this Global Compact on Refugees is to improve international cooperation on refugee issues and... 

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06/21/2019

An aircraft aimed at building confidence

Germany has put a new aircraft into service to conduct observation flights under the Treaty on Open Skies. “The Treaty on Open Skies is a globally unique and very effective agreement on building transparency and confidence,” said Niels Annen,... 

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06/20/2019

Franco-German impetus for a strong and sovereign Europe

Germany and France aim to increase the EU’s capability to act by undertaking a series of measures to implement the Treaty of Aachen.

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas commented as follows:

Only a strong and sovereign Europe that is capable of taking... 

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06/20/2019

Refugee protection is multilateralism in action

There are more than 70 million refugees around the world – the highest figure since the end of the Second World War. Half of them, as children and minors, need particular protection. The primary causes of displacement and forced migration are violent... 

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06/19/2019

Germany and France: a special relationship based on trust

The Treaty of Aachen was only signed in January and yet work to implement the projects promoting enhanced cooperation between Germany and France that it defines is already in full swing. Once each quarter, a German or French minister will attend the... 

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06/18/2019

Peace mediation: Working for peace

Whether in Ukraine, Libya, Iraq or Nicaragua, Germany is actively involved in peace mediation in many different contexts.

What does mediation mean?

Peace mediation means efforts by a third party accepted by all sides to facilitate on a voluntary... 

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06/18/2019

Working together to prevent escalation

Although the tense situation in the Gulf region was not the only issue discussed at today’s Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg, it was the dominant topic. On the fringes of the meeting, Heiko Maas called for greater diplomatic efforts in the... 

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06/17/2019

Education for the future and integration

Around the world, more than 25 million people are living as refugees or in a refugee-like situation. Just one percent of them have access to higher education, while 36 percent of all young people worldwide go on to study.

The Albert Einstein German... 

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06/17/2019

Foreign Minister Maas in Norway

Foreign Minister Maas travelled to Norway for a working visit on Friday. The aim of the talks: Germany and Norway want to do more together to promote values such as international cooperation, fair rules and human rights. To this end, Norway’s Foreign... 

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06/13/2019

Alliance of multilateralists: Fostering a network of international team players

In an age of “America First”, values such as cooperation, respect for international law and free trade are under pressure worldwide. That is why Foreign Minister Maas wants to build up a new network of countries committed to fair cooperation.

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