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Germany and the Indo-Pacific – three years of enhanced engagement in a key region in international politics

The world’s fastest-growing economies are to be found between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific. The region accounts for a third of trade outside Europe. More than 60% of the world’s population live in the Indo-Pacific region and more than 60% of... 



Fit for the future? Franco-German group presents ideas on EU reforms

How can the EU remain capable of acting even if it has over 30 members in the future? That is the big question that a group of French and German experts has been asking itself over the part months. The group’s report, “Sailing on High Seas –... 



The world is meeting at the East River ‒ Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock at the 78th United Nations General Assembly

A special General Assembly for Germany

From 16 September, Heads of State and Government and Ministers from all over the world will meet for the 78th time at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. This General Assembly is a very special... 



Following catastrophic floods, Germany is helping the people in Libya

What happened and what is the current situation in the flooded areas?

Last Sunday, Libya experienced its heaviest rainfalls in 40 years. After causing death and destruction in Greece, Bulgaria and Turkey, Storm Daniel in the Mediterranean left... 



Out of many, one – Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock travels to the United States

Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock is travelling to Texas and Washington, DC from 12 to 15 September. Thereafter, she will attend the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

The German-US bond spanning the Atlantic brings together millions.... 



Strengthening global partnerships: Conference of the Heads of German Missions

The world in Berlin – from 4 to 7 September 2023, the heads of the more than 220 embassies, consulates general and permanent missions to international organisations are convening at the Federal Foreign Office to discuss global developments and German... 



The situation in the Sahel region and support for Ukraine – a Gymnich meeting in Toledo

Spain assumed the Presidency of the Council of the EU on 1 July 2023. Traditionally, the current Presidency, in this case Spain, hosts informal meetings on its territory at Ministerial level that bring together the representatives of the respective... 



After the earthquake: Germany is helping the people in Turkey and Syria

The situation in the earthquake zones: What is the status quo?

Six months after the earthquake disaster, hundreds of thousands of people continue to live in emergency shelters, including tents and containers. Food and medical care are scarce in many... 



Fraudulent presidential elections in Belarus: three years on

Today is the third anniversary of the fraudulent presidential elections in Belarus. Over the following months, Lukashenko and his security forces brutally suppressed the protests sparked by that event. The human rights situation in the country has... 



Coup in the Niger: Political situation and evacuation of German nationals

By detaining the elected President Mohamed Bazoum on the morning of 26 July 2023, the instigators of the coup have shaken the Niger’s still young democracy to the core. In particular, the coup is a bitter blow for the many people in the Niger who... 



The Windsor Framework and the Northern Ireland Protocol and why they are important for peace on the island of Ireland

On 27 February 2023, the European Commission and the United Kingdom agreed on the Windsor Framework, the United Kingdom having not fully implemented the Northern Ireland Protocol agreed in the Brexit process. All key elements of the Windsor Framework... 



Ukraine, Turkey, economic security – Foreign Minister Baerbock at the EU Foreign Affairs Council in July

The agenda for the last Foreign Affairs Council before the summer break in Brussels is long. Together with Dmytro Kuleba, Foreign Minister of Ukraine, who will be participating via video link, the foreign ministers will discuss the current situation...