1. Foreign Minister Steinmeier Anti-Semitism is Poison to Any Democratic Society
  2. EU in Brussels Merkel Welcomes EU Sanctions Against Russia
  3. Renewable Energies Renewable Energy Sources Shine in 2014
Foreign Minister Steinmeier

Anti-Semitism is Poison to Any Democratic Society

"We must face up to anti-Semitism with all our strength and we must crack down in a determined manner when it comes to intolerable chants or attacks on people, synagogues, cemeteries or other Jewish institutions," Foreign Minister Steinmeier writes in the Jüdische Allgemeine newspaper.

EU in Brussels

Merkel Welcomes EU Sanctions Against Russia

Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed the European Union’s decision on Tuesday on a package of economic sanctions against Russia, calling the action inevitable. "It now rests with the Russian leadership to decide whether they will choose the path of de-escalation and of cooperation,” the deputy government spokesperson said.

Renewable Energies

Renewable Energy Sources Shine in 2014

In the first half of 2014, renewable energy sources made up 28.5 percent of total electricity consumption in Germany. This is an almost 4-percent increase over last year and shows continued development in the renewable energy sector.

Von der Leyen in Afghanistan

Defense Minister von der Leyen Visits Northern Afghanistan

Defense Minister von der Leyen visited the Afghan army's Camp Shaheen, outside Mazar-e-Sharif, where German military personnel are acting as advisors in preparation for the handover of responsibility.

Energy efficiency label for appliances

Germany #1 in International Energy Efficiency Ranking

Germany came in first in a new energy efficiency ranking of the world’s major economies, followed by Italy, the European Union as a whole, China, and France.

Ice Cream

Germany Is Fast Becoming an Ice Cream Nation

The market research firm Canadean reports that the German ice cream market is currently worth 2.7 billion dollars, meaning it is worth more than any other European country. In 2013, the last time a report like this was produced, Germany was second to Italy as Europe's ice cream capital.

Rehm Long Jump

German Paralympic Athlete Breaks Long Jump Record

German athlete Markus Rehm made history over the weekend by becoming the first amputee ever to compete at the Ulm German Athletics Championships. Rehm jumped past the eight-meter mark and landing at 8.24 meters, a new world record.

Löw Wins

Löw Will Stay On As Head Coach

A week after Philipp Lahm shocked soccer fans in Germany by retiring from the national team, rumors have been flying about the possibility of Head Trainer Joachim Löw retiring as well. Löw spoke out to quell these rumors, assuring fans that he fully intends to finish out his contract with the team.


New VW Investment to Create 2,000 Jobs in Chattanooga

Volkswagen has officially announced that they will be exclusively producing its newest midsize SUV at the Chattanooga plant in Tennessee. According to the VW press release, from 2014 to 2018, Volkswagen is planning to invest more than 7 billion dollars in the US and Mexico.

Erasmus students in Germany

Germany Remains Popular Choice Among Erasmus Students

The European Union's Erasmus Programme sent 270,000 university students abroad in Europe during the 2012/13 academic year, many of which chose to study in Germany. Spain ranked as the most popular destination for Erasmus students, but Germany came in second, bringing in more than 30,000 students during the academic year.

Summer on the North Sea Coast

The German Coast

From the protected mudflats of the Wadden Sea in the west to the distinctive chalk cliffs of the island of Rügen in the east, Germany's coastline offers something for just about every taste.


Word of the Week: Luftschloss

Do you spend a lot of time dreaming up a life that you wish you lived? Do you create unrealistic scenarios in your mind, or visualize that impossibly expensive 20-bedroom mansion? In German, there's a special word to describe those "castles in the sky": Luftschloss.


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