1. Aleppo under siege Aleppo Siege has Potential to Become Humanitarian Catastrophe
  2. Chancellor Merkel in Berlin, July 28 Merkel: Germany Must Balance Freedom and Security
  3. Abschiedsschmerz Word of the Week: Abschiedsschmerz
Aleppo under siege

Aleppo Siege has Potential to Become Humanitarian Catastrophe

"The siege around Aleppo has the potential to become a dire humanitarian catastrophe," Foreign Minister Steinmeier said on July 29. "Hundreds of thousands of people in Aleppo are totally cut off and the humanitarian situation is disastrous."

Chancellor Merkel in Berlin, July 28

Merkel: Germany Must Balance Freedom and Security

Germany and Europe are faced with an enormous test in light of recent terrorist attacks, Chancellor Merkel said Thursday at her annual summer press conference. She condemned the attacks in Würzburg and Ansbach as Islamist terrorism. The attacks have tested the ratio of freedom to security, Merkel said. The attackers are sowing hate and fear between cultures and in society.


Word of the Week: Abschiedsschmerz

Few things are more painful than saying goodbye to someone you care about. In German, there's a word for this type of pain: "Abschiedsschmerz."


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.

Important Information

New Registration Guidelines now in place for Germany

Germany has implemented new registration rules for landlords and all individuals taking up residence in Germany, including foreign nationals.

New registration guidelines now in place for Germany [pdf, 205.13k]

Foreign Minister Steinmeier

Steinmeier: Fear is Not a Good Guide – Nor Is It a Policy

"We will never resign ourselves to terror in Germany or anywhere else. I understand that people are frightened and unsettled after this terrible weekend," Foreign Minister Steinmeier said in a newspaper interview. "However, fear is not a good guide – and nor is it a policy."

Merkel and Obama at NATO Warsaw Summit in early July

Merkel and Obama Phone Call: International Terrorism, Ukraine

Chancellor Merkel and President Obama underscored that they want to continue to fight international terrorism together resolutely.

Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Legacy of German Filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder

The international film world sees him as Germany's most significant filmmaker after World War II. Now, an extensive new photo book looks at Rainer Werner Fassbinder's unique career and shows how his films worked.

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. 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.

Bundeswehr troops in Lithuania as part of NATO

Germany to Lead NATO Battle Group in Lithuania

Under measures adopted at the recent NATO Warsaw Summit (July 8-9), Germany will lead one of four NATO battalions in Eastern Europe to be in place by next year.

Jewish newspaper

Jewish Newspaper Celebrates 70 Years

The German Newspaper Jüdische Allgemeine is celebrating its 70th anniversary, marking a success story for a newspaper that has become a strong voice in Germany.

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.

Biking along river routes

Biking Germany's Great Rivers

When it comes to choosing a route, both hardcore cycle tourists and day-trippers seek the same kind of territory. They like to pedal through rural landscapes with rivers, lakes and views of the sea.  We profile three routes that offer all of the above.


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Ambassador Peter Wittig

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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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