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12/05/2019

Disarmament and arms control: for a safer world

Disarmament, arms control and nuclear safety are the prerequisites for peaceful co‑existence. No country can tackle any of these issues on its own. Disarmament agreements only make sense if they are signed and respected by all relevant actors.

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12/04/2019

Alive and well at 70: the Transatlantic Alliance

NATO is celebrating its 70th anniversary this week at a meeting of the heads of state and government in London – the first headquarters of the defence alliance. NATO has guaranteed security in the euroatlantic region for decades.

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12/04/2019

More people in need than ever before – humanitarian needs in 2020

More people in need than ever before

Ongoing conflicts and a growing number of climate disasters mean that more people than ever now depend on humanitarian assistance. In 2020, this figure will amount to around 168 million people. In order to meet... 

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12/03/2019

The “geopolitical” European Commission gets to work

“We have the responsibility to leave our children a Union that is stronger than the one we have inherited,” Ursula von der Leyen said on 1 December as she took up her mandate, becoming the first woman to lead the European Commission. Now that the... 

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12/02/2019

Taking responsibility and sharing the burden – eight questions on the Global Refugee Forum

A year 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 to... 

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12/02/2019

Greater ambition on climate protection

The 25th Climate Change Conference (COP25) is starting in Madrid today (Monday, 2 December). COP25 is intended to send a clear message that more ambition is needed in climate protection. At the UN Climate Action Summit on 23 September, 66 states –... 

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11/29/2019

Memorialising and documenting: Support for the Memorial and Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau

Historical responsibility

To mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation, the German Government wants to send the message that Germany recognises its historical responsibility. Germany will thus provide funding for the further restoration and the... 

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11/29/2019

60 years of the Antarctic Treaty – An international success story

The 1959 Antarctic Treaty ended the race for territory in Antarctica. It laid the foundations for scientific cooperation to further investigate the continent and its role in the Earth system and protected Antarctica’s environment and associated... 

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11/27/2019

Majority in favour of multilateralism

What do people in Germany think about foreign‑policy issues, how interested are they in other – possibly distant – parts of the world, and what do they expect of policymakers? The Hamburg‑based Körber‑Stiftung conducted a representative survey on... 

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11/26/2019

Poland and Germany: Greater European commitment to security

At the Federal Foreign Office, Foreign Minister Maas and his Polish counterpart Jacek Czaputowicz discussed current European and global challenges. Their talks focused in particular on the future of NATO.

Close German-Polish relations

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11/26/2019

Georgia: Germany supports sovereignty and further reforms

Even ten years after the end of the conflict, Georgians are still suffering from the consequences. In particular, the administrative boundary lines of the breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia are making people’s lives difficult. Only a few... 

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11/26/2019

Frontline negotiations: support for humanitarian organisations

It is often difficult for humanitarian organisations to gain access to people in need. Sometimes it’s bureaucratic obstacles that impede access to those in need, but sometimes it’s physical, almost impassable road blocks. Time and again aid workers... 

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