1. Berlin Meeting Foreign Ministers Meet to Address Ukraine Crisis
  2. Otto Schubert, postcard to his fiancé, 1916 Postcards from the Trenches: A Personal View of the Great War
  3. Steinmeier in Iraq Foreign Minister Steinmeier Visits Iraq
Berlin Meeting

Foreign Ministers Meet to Address Ukraine Crisis

The German, French, Russian and Ukrainian foreign ministers met in Berlin for talks on August 17, at the invitation of Foreign Minister Steinmeier. The focus was on searching for a roadmap towards a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine and a framework for effective border control.

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.

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.


German Military Delivers Aid to Northern Iraq

The German government began transporting humanitarian aid to refugees in Northern Iraq on Friday, August 15. The supplies include blankets, medicine and food. They will be delivered to Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan region of Iraq.

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.

Working in Guinea

Supporting the Fight Against Ebola

The Federal Foreign Office has provided 1.3 million euros to date to help combat the virus, supporting the work of the non-governmental organization, Médecins Sans Frontières, and the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine.


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.

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.

Cologne Cathedral

Worth a Visit - Germany's Top Tourist Attractions

The German National Tourism Board (DZT) recently released their top 100 tourist attractions for 2014. The Neuschwanstein Castle, Europa-Park and the Cologne Cathedral were once again in the top three. Check out the list!

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.

Ice Cream

Germany Is Fast Becoming an Ice Cream Nation

The market research firm Canadean reports that the German ice cream market is currently worth 2.7 billion dollars, meaning it is worth more than any other European country. In 2013, the last time a report like this was produced, Germany was second to Italy as Europe's ice cream capital.

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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Fall of the Wall

Fall of the Wall

The year 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall - a monumental day in German history.

Skills Initiative

Skills Initiative

The Skills Initiative works to introduce the German style dual training system in the US.

Transatlantic Climate Bridge

Transatlantic Climate Bridge

Learn more about the initiative and about German energy policy and the energy transition here.

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