1. Boy in a Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon Germany Pledges $2.5 Billion at Supporting Syria Conference
  2. Australian Open Kerber Claims First Grand Slam Title
  3. Chancellor Merkel Greenlight for New Asylum Policies
Boy in a Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon

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.

Australian Open

Kerber Claims First Grand Slam Title

German tennis star Angelique Kerber upset number-one-seeded Serena Williams in Melbourne  this weekend. Kerber is the first German to win the Australian Open since Steffi Graf took home the trophy in 1994.

Chancellor Merkel

Greenlight for New Asylum Policies

The right for families to follow refugees to Germany is to be suspended for a fixed period, the list of safe countries of origin extended and training for refugees promoted – these are the main points of the agreement reached by Chancellor Merkel and the leaders of the other coalition parties.


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

More German troops headed to Mali

Germany Sending More Troops to Mali

Germany will be sending more troops to support the UN mission in Mali under an expanded and extended mandate approved by the Bundestag. The additional troops will include reconnaissance and site protection forces.

Ruth Klüger speaking in the Bundestag

Survivor Recounts Her Experiences for Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony

On the 71st anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz, American literary scholar, author and Holocaust survivor Ruth Klüger spoke before the Bundestag about her experiences as a prisoner and forced laborer from the age of 11 to 14.

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...

European Champions

Handball Team Brings Home European Trophy

The German National Handball Team capped a sensational, even improbable, tournament run that captured the nation, by winning the championship trophy.

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.

Obama and Merkel

President Obama Will Open Hannover Messe with Chancellor Merkel

US President Barack Obama announced that he will make his fifth trip to Germany in April of this year. President Obama will join Chancellor Angela Merkel in opening the annual Hannover Messe, one of the world’s largest industrial trade fairs.


Word of the Week: Weiberfastnacht

If you live on the East Coast, there's a good chance you received some heavy snowfall last week! And if you did, you probably stayed at home until the Winterdienst cleared the roads!


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