1. Group Photo Berlin Celebrates 60 Years of NATO Membership
  2. Merkel on Greece Greece: Angela Merkel Still Open for Talks
  3. Foreign Minister Steinmeier at the talks with Iran in Vienna Encouraging Start to the Nuclear Talks with Iran
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Berlin Celebrates 60 Years of NATO Membership

On Tuesday (30 June), Federal Foreign Minister Frank‑Walter Steinmeier, Federal Minister of Defence Ursula von der Leyen and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg celebrated the 60th anniversary of Germany’s NATO membership with a joint ceremony in Berlin

Merkel on Greece

Greece: Angela Merkel Still Open for Talks

The economic assistance programme for Greece will end on Tuesday night. Should the Greek government request further negotiations following Sunday’s referendum, the door will be open, said Angela Merkel in Berlin.

Foreign Minister Steinmeier at the talks with Iran in Vienna

Encouraging Start to the Nuclear Talks with Iran

Foreign Minister Steinmeier travelled to Vienna on Sunday (28 June) for the E3+3 nuclear talks with Iran. He described the start of the talks as “encouraging”, but added that difficult details still needed to be resolved.


2015 Women's World Cup

The Women's World Cup is underway in Edmonton, Canada. Twenty-four teams from six continents are competing in stadiums across Canada. Germany competed in group B against Norway, Thailand and the Ivory Coast. Germany lost to the US in the semifinals on June 30 and will compete for third place in the finals.

Hands holding corn; Kenya

Record Amount of 2 Billion Euros Invested in Development

The German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) invested a record amount of 2 Billion Euros last year according to its annual report which was presented on Tuesday, June 30.

Johann-Dietrich Wörner

European Space Agency Announces New Director General

The European Space Agency has chosen Johann-Dietrich Wörner, former chairman of the German Aerospace Center (DLR), to take leadership of the agency. Wörner will lead missions to increase the ESA's presence on the ISS, land on Mars and build a new rocket.

Maccabi Games

Jewish European Games to be held in Berlin

For the first time in its 86-year history, the European Maccabi Games will be held in Germany. The games, which will kick off at Berlin's Olympic Park on July 27, are Europe's largest Jewish sporting event. The games are held every four years.

Grief and shock in the wake of the terrorist attack in the Tunisian resort of Sousse

German Government Condemns Attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait and France

The German government has strongly condemned the most recent acts of terrorism. Chancellor Angela Merkel has sent her condolences to the Tunisian and French Presidents and to the Emir of Kuwait.


The Queen in Germany

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visited Germany for four days this month. Visits to Berlin and Frankfurt am Main were on the agenda of this fifth state visit to Germany.

Normandy Format

Foreign Ministers Meet in Paris to Discuss the Ukraine Crisis

At the invitation of his French counterpart, Laurent Fabius, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier attended a meeting with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on June 23.

Renewable Energy

German Companies Work for Energy Storage

This year, two major companies are hoping to tackle that problem. Deutsche ACCUmotive, and subsidiary of Daimler, and Mainova are both testing energy storage systems.

Foreign Affairs Council Meeting in Luxembourg

Foreign Minister Steinmeier at the EU Foreign Affairs Council

At their meeting in Luxembourg on June 22, the EU Foreign Ministers agreed on a first package of measures to combat human smuggling in the Mediterranean with improved surveillance and assessment as a response to the refugee crisis.

Henry Kissinger Prize ceremony

Hans-Dietrich Genscher and Giorgio Napolitano Awarded Henry Kissinger Prize

On June 17, the American Academy of Berlin presented the prestigious Henry A. Kissinger Prize to two worthy candidates: former German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher and former Italian President Giorgio Napolitano.

100 Years of Hollywood

Exhibit Showcases German Influence in Hollywood

The German-American Heritage Museum has launched an exhibit showcasing the influence that German-speaking immigrants had on the Hollywood film industry. Titled "100 Years of Hollywood - the Laemmle Effect", the exhibit traces the effect that German filmmakers, directors, producers, actors and composers had on the industry in the early 20th century and beyond.

Aldi and Lidl

Lidl and Aldi Invest Big in the US

Two major German companies, Aldi and Lidl, announced expansion into the US market last week. Aldi will be expanding its presence across the west coast. Lidl, meanwhile has big plans for headquarters in Virginia.


Word of the Week: Strohfeuer

Few things last forever. Many of them are Strohfeuer, such as interesting fashion trends or a summer fling.


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