1. Foreign Minister Steinmeier Steinmeier on Middle East: In Search of a New Order
  2. Energy efficiency label for appliances Germany #1 in International Energy Efficiency Ranking
  3. 70th Anniversary Commemoration 70th Anniversary of Assassination Plot Against Hitler
Foreign Minister Steinmeier

Steinmeier on Middle East: In Search of a New Order

"Should we not risk trying to raise the quest for solutions to another level? Even if today that is merely a distant idea of the future. We should think about a new order for the Middle East which could redefine and guarantee the security interests of all parties."

Energy efficiency label for appliances

Germany #1 in International Energy Efficiency Ranking

Germany came in first in a new energy efficiency ranking of the world’s major economies, followed by Italy, the European Union as a whole, China, and France, according to the 2014 International Energy Efficiency Scorecard published by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).

70th Anniversary Commemoration

70th Anniversary of Assassination Plot Against Hitler

Each year on July 20, Germany pauses to remember the men and women of the resistance movement who stood up for freedom and human dignity in the face of the Nazi regime, often at the risk of death. On that date in 1944, the plotters around Ludwig Beck, Friedrich Olbricht, Helmut Graf von Moltke and Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg tried to assassinate Hitler but failed. Federal President Gauck led the main commemoration on Sunday at the memorial located where the conspirators were executed.

Foreign Minister Steinmeier

Steinmeier: We Need Speedy, Independent Investigation into MH17 Crash

Foreign Minister Steinmeier is calling for a speedy, independent investigation. It would, he said, be an “atrocity beyond all imagining” if one of the parties to the conflict were responsible for bringing down flight MH17.

Chancellor Merkel at birthday celebration

Merkel Celebrates 60th Birthday With Political Colleagues, Friends

For the actual public celebration of her landmark birthday, Merkel was joined by some 650 invited guests, including current and former leading German politicians from all parties, at a special lecture at the Berlin headquarters of her party, the Christian Democrats.

Obama and Merkel in June 2013

Merkel on USA: We Must Discuss Our Divergent Views

In an interview for German television, Chancellor Merkel spoke of divergent ideas in Germany and the USA as to the work of intelligence services. In a telephone call on July 15, Merkel and Obama exchanged views on this matter.

Merkel at Petersberg Climate Dialogue

Merkel Pledges $1 Billion to Green Climate Fund

Germany’s pledge, announced by Chancellor Merkel at the Petersberg Climate Dialoge, marks the first substantial national commitment to the fund, which is to help developing countries in battling climate change.


New VW Investment to Create 2,000 Jobs in Chattanooga

Volkswagen has officially announced that they will be exclusively producing its newest midsize SUV at the Chattanooga plant in Tennessee. According to the VW press release, from 2014 to 2018, Volkswagen is planning to invest more than 7 billion dollars in the US and Mexico.


Lahm Retires as Captain on the National Team

After five days as world champion, six years as captain and ten years as a player, German National Team defender Philipp Lahm announced his retirement from international soccer today in Munich. He will be sorely missed by fans, teammates and the coaching staff.

Erasmus students in Germany

Germany Remains Popular Choice Among Erasmus Students

The European Union's Erasmus Programme sent 270,000 university students abroad in Europe during the 2012/13 academic year, many of which chose to study in Germany. Spain ranked as the most popular destination for Erasmus students, but Germany came in second, bringing in more than 30,000 students during the academic year.

Summer on the North Sea Coast

The German Coast

From the protected mudflats of the Wadden Sea in the west to the distinctive chalk cliffs of the island of Rügen in the east, Germany's coastline offers something for just about every taste.

city of trees

Frankfurt Receives "European City of Trees" Award

Frankfurt has won the 2014 "European City of Trees" award, marking the first time that a German city has received the honor. The title, which has been awarded annually since 2007, recognizes cities that demonstrate exceptional preservation of their trees and greenery.


Word of the Week: Geisterfahrer

Driving on the wrong side of the road is dangerous, and can even be deadly. In German, drivers who are going in the wrong direction are called Geisterfahrer, which means "ghost drivers."


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