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Fighting COVID‑19 worldwide: Help on the ground

A year and a half on from the start of the COVID‑19 pandemic, the figures are devastating. Up until July 2021, some 188 million people worldwide had been infected with COVID‑19. More than 4.05 million died as a result of the disease. The crisis has... 



Money, not flour – donors turn to cash assistance programmes

How does cash-based assistance work?

Over 230 million people around the world are dependent on humanitarian assistance. This is due to disasters or conflicts which cause crises where the national authorities are unable or unwilling to provide the... 



“We stand firmly by Namibia’s side”

The goods that Germany is delivering to Namibia at the moment to support the country’s efforts to overcome the COVID-19 crisis will not only help to care for COVID patients, but will also protect medical staff from getting infected. The donations... 


Information on entry restrictions, testing and quarantine regulations in Germany



Structural change, innovation and multilateralism: Foreign Minister Maas travels to the United States

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited Berlin just three weeks ago. Since President Biden took office, the US administration has placed renewed importance on transatlantic cooperation. In the face of cross-border challenges relating to the... 



Where three countries meet: Foreign Minister Maas is travelling to Schengen, Leidingen and Saarlouis

For many people in the tri-border area of Germany, Luxembourg and France, that was a very testing time, because cross-border coexistence is particularly close here. Foreign Minister Maas is travelling to the region today and will be meeting his... 



Brexit: The Trade and Cooperation Agreement formally entered into force on 1 May – What are the future foundations of relations between the EU and the United Kingdom?

The Trade and Cooperation Agreement negotiated by the EU and the United Kingdom entered into force provisionally on 1 January 2021 after all 27 member states approved the Agreement and its provisional application. On 27 April 2021, the European... 



New impetus for nuclear disarmament: Stockholm Initiative meets in Madrid

Today, Foreign Minister Maas is meeting the Swedish and Spanish Foreign Ministers in Madrid in order to call for joint steps towards nuclear disarmament prior to the Review Conference of the Non‑Proliferation Treaty.

Today’s meeting in Madrid is the... 



The Sudan: Key progress on debt relief

Major challenges following the peaceful revolution

Since the ousting of Bashir, the civilian-led interim government under Prime Minister Hamdok has been focusing on the priority areas of peace and the economy. The conclusion of the Juba Peace... 



The Pope and foreign policy: Berlin and the Vatican celebrate one hundred years of diplomatic relations

Back in May, Foreign Minister Maas travelled to the Vatican for a private audience with Pope Francis. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary, he and Cardinal Secretary of State Parolin today participated in the interdisciplinary symposium “Rome in... 



Fight against IS, Syria, G20: Foreign Minister Maas in Italy

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is visiting Italy on 28 and 29 June for a number of multilateral meetings. Ahead of his departure, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas emphasised:

Today is the start of a small marathon of multilateralism, with three meetings... 



“Her Turn” – supporting female journalists in Iraq

There are still not enough female journalists in Iraq. The profession is largely the domain of men. The project “Her Turn” helps Iraqi women to develop their journalistic skills, thereby giving them new confidence to hold their own in a...