Germany has seen a trend shift in the influx of refugees in 2016, Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière said Wednesday in Berlin. In the first nine months of 2016, 213,000 asylum seekers entered Germany, down from about 577,000 in the same time period in 2015.
Fewer Asylum Seekers
The Bundeswehr will continue and extend its mission to counter the ISIL terrorist organization: German military personnel will begin to monitor Syrian airspace from NATO AWACS (Airborne Early Warning and Control System) reconnaissance planes.
Fight Against ISIL
The story of the National Gallery of Art’s stunning “Photography Reinvented” exhibition, now on view in the recently reopened East Building, begins in Munich at the Pinakothek der Moderne. It was there that Rheda Becker first encountered a captivating self-portrait by German art photographer Thomas Struth.
The new Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs was launched at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. Secretary Kissinger and former New York Mayor Bloomberg were joined by Germany’s Coordinator of Transatlantic Cooperation and Bundestag Member Jürgen Hardt for the celebrations.
Launch of Kissinger Center
The Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival is the largest in the world. With sculptures made entirely of pumpkins, pumpkin boat races and an annual search for the heaviest pumpkin, this German festival is a unique sight to see.
Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival
To commemorate the 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation in October 2017, a consortium of German cultural institutions, backed by the German government, is taking a page from Luther’s playbook. The #HereIStand initiative employs cutting-edge media, transcending the digital/physical divide to engage, inspire, and spur reflection.
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.
Is your mother a Rabenmutter ("raven mother")? Let's hope not! A Rabenmutter is known to neglect or abandon her children.
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