1. Otto Schubert, postcard to his fiancé, 1916 Postcards from the Trenches: A Personal View of the Great War
  2. Von der Leyen, Steinmeier Germany Prepared to Provide Military Assistance to Iraqis
  3. Wittig Interview Ambassador Peter Wittig Interview With USA Today
Otto Schubert, postcard to his fiancé, 1916

Postcards from the Trenches: A Personal View of the Great War

Fifty illustrated postcards by the German artist Otto Schubert, sent from the battlefields of the First World War, form the centerpiece of an exhibition opening August 19 at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery in downtown Washington.

Von der Leyen, Steinmeier

Germany Prepared to Provide Military Assistance to Iraqis

The German government decided today, August 20, to authorize further assistance, including military aid and arms deliveries, for Iraq. Foreign Minister Steinmeier and Defense Minister von der Leyen made the announcement in a joint press conference following a discussion with Chancellor Angela Merkel and other cabinet members.

Wittig Interview

Ambassador Peter Wittig Interview With USA Today

Ambassador Peter Wittig gave an interview with Brian Gallagher of USA Today this week. In the interview, Ambassador Wittig called the Ukraine crisis a "watershed moment" for East-West relations.

Berlin Meeting

Foreign Minister Steinmeier Statement on Ukraine Crisis

"Our aim remains to contribute, within the scope of our possibilities, to bringing about an end to the fighting in Ukraine and to avoiding further bloodshed in future where at all possible," said Foreign Minister Steinmeier following a meeting with the foreign ministers of France, Russia and Ukraine.

Steinmeier in Iraq

Foreign Minister Steinmeier Visits Iraq

Foreign Minister Frank‑Walter Steinmeier travelled to Baghdad and Erbil for political talks. In northern Iraq he also met people who have fled from the ISIS terrorists. His aim was to see for himself the situation on the ground and to get an idea of just what help is needed.

Book Prize

German Book Prize Nominees Announced

The longlist for the German Book Prize was announced this week. The jury, which has been tirelessly debating the candidates for months now, nominated twenty novels for the prestigious list. By the beg...

European Union

Poll: Germans Support EU Sanctions Against Russia

The wide majority of Germans (70 percent) agree with the European Union’s recent response of expanded sanctions against Russia, according to a new poll.


Increase in Imports and Exports, Decrease in Trade Surplus for June

The year to year analysis compiled by the Federal Statistical Office reveals a 1.1 percent increase in exports and a 2.1 increase in imports in June 2014. The increase is a positive sign for increased growth in 2014.

VfL Wolfsburg

Bundesliga Profits Expected to Soar This Season

According to a study published by Ernst and Young consulting group, the Bundesliga is more commercially favorable than ever before going into the 2014/15 season. Around 88 percent of club managers are expecting profits to increase this year.

Canola Blossoms in front of Solar Plant (c) dpa/Juergen Loesel

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.

Wessis welcome Ossis

Day of German Unity Caption Contest

Are you a wacky wordsmith? A polished polyglot? A language lover?  Then you are the perfect candidate to enter our latest contest! The Day of German Unity Contest is a caption contest. Each week on Monday, we will post a photo of the Berlin Wall and it is your job to write a caption for it.


German Oktoberfest Style Comes to the US

With Oktoberfest just around the corner, German clothing company Wiesnkoenig is set to launch their first US store this week. US companies, too, are tapping into the German clothing market for Oktoberfest.

Word of the Week: Sauregurkenzeit

With four or more weeks of vacation per year, many German workers are out of the office during the summer months - especially in July and August, when schools are also closed. As a result, this time period is often referred to as the Sauregurkenzeit, which translates into "pickle time."


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