Easter Traditions Full of Color and Meaning
The Easter season is a time when all customs seem to symbolize renewal, life and the beginning of spring. Colorful eggs, special meals, huge bonfires and, of course, church services are some of the German customs that mark this special time of year.
On his first official visit to China since returning to office, Foreign Minister Steinmeier spent Sunday, April 13, in Hebei province. On Monday, he conducted political talks in Beijing.
German Ambassador Peter Ammon joined Robert Vogel, Superintendent of the National Mall and Memorial Parks, in marking the restoration of the German-American Friendship Garden on the grounds of the Washington Monument on Friday, April 11.
Friendship Garden Celebration
According to the latest projections, the German Federal Government is expecting an overall GDP increase of 1.8 percent in 2014. This is an increase of 0.1 percent over the projections at the end of 2013.
GDP Growth 2014
The International Women’s Media Foundation has announced the creation of a photojournalism award honoring Anja Niedringhaus, the AP photographer killed earlier this month while on assignment in Afghanistan.
Award to Honor Niedringhaus
The Acting Chief of Protocol at the State Department, Natalie Jones, hosted a farewell reception on April 9 for Ambassador Peter Ammon and his wife, Marliese Heimann-Ammon.
FC Bayern Munich is looking to defend their Champion's League title by advancing to the finals at the end of the month against Real Madrid. The first leg of the semifinals will be played on April 23 and the second on April 30.
When spring arrives, not everyone is struck with joy and vitality. Some are just the opposite, developing a fatigue that Germans call Frühjahrsmüdigkeit ("spring tiredness").
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