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08/03/2020

Coronavirus and entry restrictions: 6 things travellers to Germany need to know

1. Entry: travel restrictions and quarantine Travel from third countries

Since 17 March 2020 entry restrictions have applied throughout the EU for non-essential travel from third countries. These restrictions also specifically apply to travel to... 

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07/31/2020

“Safeguard international law and human rights”: Germany’s Security Council Presidency ends

We set a clear focus for our Presidency: to safeguard international law and human rights and to protect the most vulnerable.

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas emphasised this as the end of the German Presidency approaches. From tackling COVID‑19 to... 

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07/30/2020

Country-Based Pooled Funds: fast and flexible assistance

Reacting immediately to disasters is key

Whether it is a natural disaster or a violent conflict that breaks out thus sending images around the world, they often trigger an impressive readiness to donate. In 2005, for example, following the... 

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07/30/2020

Quarantine when returning from abroad

Quarantine and international risk areas

The German rules for self-isolation and quarantine apply to any traveler who has spent time in a risk area in the 14 days which preceded the entry to Germany. The decisive question is if the area was... 

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07/28/2020

Focus on civil society: Yemen on the UN Security Council agenda

Civil society initiatives play an important role in Yemen, where humanitarian access is often hampered by the parties to the conflict. This is not only a question of ensuring that relief supplies reach the population, but is also about harnessing the... 

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07/24/2020

In dialogue with China

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas had talks today via video conference with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. In addition to EU-China relations and the cooperation to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change, there were also sensitive issues on the... 

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07/24/2020

“We cannot negotiate with nature”: Heiko Maas chairs UN debate on climate and security

The impact of climate change is an increasingly important factor in conflicts

Whether in the Sahel region, on Pacific islands or in the Caribbean, the impact of climate change is already being felt – and is exacerbating conflicts in many of the... 

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07/22/2020

Jointly tackling international issues: Foreign Minister Maas visits the United Kingdom

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas will meet with his UK counterpart Dominc Raab in a special setting to discuss cooperation on foreign policy issues ranging from the Middle East to China.

Policy on China and Russia, crises in the Near and Middle East,...  >>


07/21/2020

The fight against COVID-19: Germany makes available an additional 150 million euro for humanitarian assistance

Germany is one of the largest humanitarian donors

The need for humanitarian assistance in connection with COVID-19 is growing. Every day, the number of people infected with the virus is rising. It is becoming increasingly clear that the consequences... 

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07/21/2020

Focus on Europe: Foreign Minister Maas in Greece

Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union

In talks with Greek Foreign Minister Dendias, Prime Minister Mitsotakis and President Sakellaropoulou, Foreign Minister Maas will present the programme for Germany’s Presidency of the Council... 

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07/20/2020

B3+1 – meeting with the Baltic countries

This is the 26th time that the Foreign Ministers of the Baltic states and Germany are meeting to coordinate their foreign policy both in the European Union and beyond. Following the last meeting in Hamburg in 2019, Estonia is hosting the gathering... 

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07/15/2020

Minister of State Roth at the EU General Affairs Council: Efforts to find a compromise

At the Special European Council being held in Brussels on Friday, the EU Heads of State and Government will look at the Commission’s proposal to inject 750 billion euro into an economic stimulus and investment programme to tackle the economic crisis.... 

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