1. #GermanBusUSA Team on Day 1 Road Trip: Germany Coming to Town on #GermanBusUSA
  2. Brandenburg Gate, symbol of German Unity Celebrating German Unity
  3. Quereinsteiger Word of the Week: Quereinsteiger
#GermanBusUSA Team on Day 1

Road Trip: Germany Coming to Town on #GermanBusUSA

Our German-American team set out from the German Embassy in Washington, DC, on the first-of-its-kind, multi-state road trip on Monday, October 30. Their aim is to meet people in their hometowns to talk to them about their German heritage, about Germany in general, about the United States and Germany – politically, but also socially and culturally.

Brandenburg Gate, symbol of German Unity

Celebrating German Unity

Each year on October 3, Germany marks the day in 1990 when East and West Germany became one Federal Republic of Germany. The peaceful unification of Germany after decades of division would not have been possible without the steadfast support of our American friends.


Word of the Week: Quereinsteiger

Did you study biology and now work as an accountant? Or perhaps you majored in dance and now work for the government? Or maybe you studied law and now work as a movie producer? In German, there's a word for such people: Quereinsteiger.

German Security Council candidature logo

Germany’s candidacy for a seat on the Security Council in 2019/20

Germany is seeking to become a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. Former Foreign Minister Steinmeier announced the candidacy for 2019/20 in Hamburg on Monday (27 June). The elections are expected to take place at the General Assembly in June 2018.

In German, to "bring two things under a hat" ("zwei Dinge unter einen Hut bringen") means to successfully juggle them.

Exchange and Networking

In an age of instant, global communication, Edward R. Murrow's famous phrase about the "last three feet" being essential in establishing personal bonds and forming trust between people and nations remains as true as ever. Simply put, there is no substitute for spending time in another country in order to understand its culture, customs, and way of life; in short, to get to know its people.

Sigmar Gabriel

Foreign Minister Gabriel Makes 3rd Visit To the US

For the third time since taking on his role as Foreign Minister, Sigmar Gabriel traveled to Washington today for talks with his U.S. counterpart Rex Tillerson.

Man laughing

#MyDeutschFail: Finding the Humor in Language Learning

A popular strategy to language learning of any kind, but perhaps especially so with a more complicated language such as German, is keeping a sense of humor about it. As such, we interviewed German language learners of all ages to ask about their funniest language mistakes they have made.

People and rainbow flags at the Brandenburg Gate

Bundestag Approves Same-Sex Marriage

In a historic decision, the German Bundestag voted in favor of same-sex marriage on Friday. Many parliamentarians celebrated the vote in the chamber, and hundreds of revelers gathered at the Brandenburg Gate.

Preparing to dive into the ocean

Thank You to US Air Force for Rescuing German Citizens off Coast of Florida

"Your rescue forces performed a remarkable feat, thus adding yet another, especially impressive act to the countless examples of friendship between our two nations,” Ambassador Wittig writes in a letter to Secretary of the Air Force Wilson.

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German Missions in the United States

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Ambassador Peter Wittig

Ambassador Peter Wittig Alt Text

Peter Wittig is the German Ambassador to the United States.

Skills Initiative

Skills Initiative

The Skills Initiative works to introduce the German style dual training system in the US.