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06/02/2020

Keeping up the implementation of the Minsk agreements – meeting between Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and his Ukrainian counterpart

After speaking many times by telephone and video conference, Foreign Minister Maas was able to welcome his Ukrainian counterpart to the Federal Foreign Office for the first time today in person.

A ceasefire is essential

The two ministers discussed... 

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06/02/2020

The fight against COVID-19: helping save lives in Yemen

According to the UN, the country is experiencing one of the largest and most severe humanitarian crises in the world.

Eighty percent of the Yemeni population are dependent on humanitarian aid. The United Nations estimates that over the next seven... 

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05/29/2020

Foreign Minister Maas: when talking with China, we must speak with one voice

The Foreign Ministers of EU member states are meanwhile meeting every two weeks by video conference to coordinate on key issues. Today’s discussions focused mainly on China and Afghanistan. 

Foreign Minister Maas stressed:

Our European Union is... 

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05/29/2020

“One country, two systems” – historic compromise and a formula for Hong Kong’s future

The decision by the Chinese National People’s Congress to adopt a new Security Law for Hong Kong is putting the special status of the former British crown colony into the spotlight. The political principles that have applied to Hong Kong since 1997... 

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05/27/2020

Helping internally displaced persons in Somalia

The number of people who are internally displaced around the world currently stands at more than 50 million. These are persons who have been uprooted in their own country. In Somalia, the Federal Foreign Office supports the internally displaced and... 

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05/27/2020

Assistance with COVID‑19 diagnostics: the German Biosecurity Programme in the Sudan

Biosecurity as a key consideration in the COVID‑19 pandemic

Biological pathogens know no boundaries – a fact that is particularly evident in the current COVID‑19 pandemic. To prepare for biological emergencies and strengthen biosecurity abroad, the... 

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05/26/2020

Germany increases assistance for Venezuela to more than 50 million euro

Around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic is worsening humanitarian crises and the situation of people who already now are in need of aid. This also applies to the approximately five million Venezuelans who have fled to neighbouring countries to escape... 

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05/26/2020

Returning together to growth and economic stability

With disrupted supply chains, production stops and collapsing demand, the worldwide restrictions imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic will have a drastic impact on the global economy and place a burden on all countries and regions. The... 

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05/25/2020

Digital Ambassadors Conference focuses on German EU Presidency and COVID‑19

Europe and COVID‑19: How can we successfully tackle this crisis?

This May, the Heads of Germany’s 230 missions abroad will be holding their 18th annual conference and, this year, their meeting is digital. One top priority is the Presidency of the... 

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05/22/2020

Biosecurity – working together in the fight against COVID‑19

The aim of biosecurity projects is to prevent the hazardous agents from being misused for weapons of mass destruction, but also to contain the spread of pathogens arising from natural outbreaks of disease. The Federal Foreign Office has been... 

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05/22/2020

No secret diplomacy here: 20 Federal Foreign Office Twitter accounts on specific issues

Foreign policy is garnering a great deal of attention

Whether it be Brexit, the policy on Eastern Europe or reactions to acute crises: foreign policy is garnering lots of attention these days, also on social media. Almost one million people are... 

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05/20/2020

Supporting Ethiopia and Somalia in the fight against COVID-19

Horn of Africa – situation made worse by COVID-19

The corona pandemic has the world firmly in its clutches. Almost every country in the world is affected and healthcare systems are almost at breaking point. The situation can become particularly... 

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