1. Meeting in Ankara Supporting Turkey in Managing Refugee Crisis
  2. 10,000 spots 10,000 Training Positions for Refugees
  3. Boy in a Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon Germany Pledges $2.5 Billion at Supporting Syria Conference
Meeting in Ankara

Supporting Turkey in Managing Refugee Crisis

Chancellor Merkel was in Ankara on Monday for a meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Davutoğlu, during which they talked about the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis and the particularly critical situation of refugees on the Syria/Turkey border.

10,000 spots

10,000 Training Positions for Refugees

Thanks to a new initiative of the Federal Ministry for Education, the Federal Employment Agency and the German Confederation of Skilled Craft (ZDH), Germany's dual training system will now be used to help address the refugee crisis.

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.


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.

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Foreign Minister Steinmeier

Foreign Minister Steinmeier on North Korean Rocket Launch

"The country has once again ignored the warnings of the international community. This rocket launch is an irresponsible provocation which flouts internationally binding UN Security Council resolutions and yet again puts regional security at risk."

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.

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.

Australian Open

Kerber Defeats Williams To Claim First Grand Slam Title

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


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...

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

Those of you who were in Cologne on February 4 may have experienced quite a party! In the US, we would call that day "Fat Thursday". But in the German Rhineland, it's known as Weiberfastnacht, which means "Women's Carnival Night".


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