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Disarming engagement in Central and East Africa: Working to combat the proliferation of small arms

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01/17/2020

A new protocol card for foreign diplomats in Germany

In October 2019, it was time to say goodbye. The old protocol cards, which had been printed on paper and laminated, had become technologically obsolete. They are being replaced by a new format that looks strikingly like the national identity cards:... 

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01/16/2020

Berlin Conference on Libya

What is the Berlin Process?

The Berlin Process aims to support the efforts of UN Secretary-General António Guterres and his Special Representative Ghassan Salamé to end the conflict. Following the renewed outbreak of hostilities in April 2019,... 

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01/14/2020

Using all available mechanisms to preserve the nuclear agreement

Following the withdrawal of the United States from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA) and the re-imposition of comprehensive US sanctions, the Iranian leadership announced in May 2019 that it would gradually withdraw from its obligations... 

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01/14/2020

The mission of the Global Coalition against Daesh remains important

Yesterday, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas visited Muwaffaq Salti Air Base in Al Azraq, Jordan. It is from here that the German Bundeswehr conducts reconnaissance missions with up to six Tornados and two refuelling planes, as part of the Global... 

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01/14/2020

Fifty years after the Biafra War, a turning point for humanitarian assistance

The Biafra War in the public eye

In 1968, the world saw pictures of starving children in Biafra. These images shone a spotlight on a conflict, the Biafra War in Nigeria, which had been raging virtually unnoticed by the West. Southeast Nigeria had... 

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01/12/2020

Maas in Jordan: Joint efforts to combat IS and promote peace in Syria

For many years, Jordan has been a particularly close partner of Germany in a tension-filled region. The two countries are working hand in hand, both in the area of humanitarian assistance for Syria and in the fight against IS. German troops are... 

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01/09/2020

Halftime for Germany’s term on the Security Council – time to take stock and look ahead

Resolution 2467: united against sexual violence

“During the first year of our UN Security Council membership, we have advanced key issues,” said Foreign Minister Heiko Maas. For example, Resolution 2467, which was sponsored by Germany, created a... 

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01/07/2020

European crisis diplomacy for Libya

Heading towards a proxy war

The conflict that broke out in April 2019 is increasingly developing into a proxy war on account of massive violations of the UN arms embargo. The people in Libya are bearing the brunt of the suffering and migrants and... 

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12/19/2019

Europe United – Germany and Estonia join forces to combat online disinformation

Since regaining independence, Estonia, just like Latvia and Lithuania, has faced significant disinformation campaigns – a situation that has become worse since the Ukraine conflict. Hannes Krause is Head of Strategic Communication in the Estonian... 

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12/19/2019

Between hope and fear: Fresh prospects for a resolution of the Yemen conflict?

Shift in attitude of the parties to the conflict

To date, neither the internationally recognised Government of Yemen nor the Houthi rebels have been able to gain the upper hand militarily. Since the summer, a shift seems to be taking place in the... 

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12/18/2019

Driving force of Europe: Theodor Wanner Award for Federica Mogherini

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas paid tribute to her work.

There are many different voices in the EU choir. Getting a harmonious sound is hard work. At today’s ceremony to present the Theodor Wanner Award to Federica Mogherini, Foreign Minister Maas... 

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