Chancellor Angela Merkel and Minister of Technology and Energy Sigmar Gabriel attended the National IT conference this week in Hamburg. Shortly before the event, 18 of Germany’s finest startup companies were announced as winners of the German Accelerator Award.
"In gaining parliamentary approval for a Shia interior minister and a Sunni defense minister, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has succeeded in forming an inclusive Iraqi government representing all major ethnic and religious groups."
New Iraqi Government
The German state of Lower Saxony became the final state to abolish tuition fees last week. With Lower Saxony’s decision, all 16 states now provide free public universities once again.
Tuition Fees Abolished
"We do not need to look so far to realize that the transatlantic relations that were a certainty for my generation – the generation born in post‑war Germany – can no longer be taken for granted today," Foreign Minister Steinmeier wrote in an article on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Aspen Institute in Germany.
Steinmeier in Die Zeit Newspaper
During the weeks leading up to the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, we will be posting the stories of our colleagues. We asked each of them one question: where were you when the wall came down? Here is Sabine Messerer's story.
Tuesday, October 28 - Saturday, November 1 - To celebrate the life and work of the author of children’s classics "Emil and the Detectives" and "Lottie and Lisa," the German Embassy and its partners present a week of Erich Kästner-themed events including the opening of a micro-museum, a program of lieder, an illustrated lecture and a film program.
Erich Kästner Days
For 25 years, the Panasonic Corporation in North America has hosted an annual contest entitled, “Panasonic Kid Witness News.” The 2014 Kid Witness News (KWN) winners hail from Immanuel-Kant-School in Bremerhaven, Germany.
Panasonic Kid Witness News
After swimming 2.4 miles, cycling 115 miles and running the entire Honolulu Marathon, Sebastian Kienle was crowned, “Ironman” in Hawaii on Saturday. In the 36th annual competition, Kienle finished the race in 8 hours, 14 minutes, and 18 seconds.
Kienle Wins Ironman
When you were little, you might remember nagging your parents persistently to buy you something in a store. Germans would have called you a Quälgeist, which basically means "a pest."
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