1. Refugees on Turkish Coast Guard ship Refugees: NATO to Help Fight Human Smugglers
  2. View of the wreckage and first responders from the air Merkel: Shock, Sadness After Deadly Train Collision
  3. Trade Record Trade Numbers in 2015
Refugees on Turkish Coast Guard ship

Refugees: NATO to Help Fight Human Smugglers

To help stem the illegal operations of human smugglers and the illegal movements of refugees in the Aegean Sea, NATO will conduct reconnaissance, monitoring and surveillance.

View of the wreckage and first responders from the air

Merkel: Shock, Sadness After Deadly Train Collision

Ten people died when two regional trains collided head-on near Bad Aibling, southeast of Munich. Roughly 100 people were injured. An investigation into the cause of the accident is underway.


Record Trade Numbers in 2015

The Federal Statistics Office concludes that Germany traded goods valued at over 2.1 trillion euros in 2015. These numbers represent all-time highs for imports and exports in Germany, topping the previous records from 2014.


Changes in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program and ESTA

Please check the website of the German Federal Foreign Office to learn more about the recent changes to the U.S. Visa Waiver Program and ESTA.

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Merkel and Davutoğlu

Supporting Turkey in Managing Refugee Crisis

Chancellor Merkel was in Ankara on Monday for a meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Davutoğlu, during which they talked about the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis and the particularly critical situation of refugees on the Syria/Turkey border.

Foreign Minister Steinmeier

Foreign Minister Steinmeier on North Korean Rocket Launch

"The country has once again ignored the warnings of the international community. This rocket launch is an irresponsible provocation which flouts internationally binding UN Security Council resolutions and yet again puts regional security at risk."

10,000 spots

10,000 Training Spots for Refugees

Thanks to a new initiative created by the Federal Ministry for Education (BMBF), the Federal Employment Agency (BA) and the German Confederation of Skilled Craft (ZDH), the dual training system will now be used to help address refugee crisis.

Merkel at Supporting Syria & The Region conference

Germany Pledges $2.5 Billion at Supporting Syria Conference

The international community is to provide a total of some $11 billion to help resolve the refugee crisis in Syria and its neighboring countries. Germany will contribute 2.3 billion euros (approximately $2.5 billion) between now and 2018, Chancellor Merkel announced in London.

Baumann headshot

In the Spotlight: Oliver Baumann

For ten years, Oliver Baumann has lived in the United States, advising companies and institutions how to make their buildings more sustainable and energy efficient. In just a decade, the German-born CEO transformed his company from a one-man show to a multimillion dollar firm with 25 employees in four locations.


Germany Ranked #1 Best Country

For the first time ever, U.S. News & World Report has released its Best Countries Report at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The inaugural ranking has placed Germany in the top s...

Chairperson-in-Office Foreign Minister Steinmeier

Germany’s OSCE Chairmanship in 2016

Among the focuses of Germany's chairmanship of the OSCE in 2016 is continued crisis and conflict management in and around Ukraine and in the other unresolved conflicts in the OSCE area.


Word of the Week: Weiberfastnacht

Those of you who were in Cologne on February 4 may have experienced quite a party! In the US, we would call that day "Fat Thursday". But in the German Rhineland, it's known as Weiberfastnacht, which means "Women's Carnival Night".


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Ambassador Peter Wittig

Ambassador Peter Wittig

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.

Transatlantic Climate Bridge

Transatlantic Climate Bridge

Learn more about the initiative and about German energy policy and the energy transition here.

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