1. EU’s six founding member states EU Founding States Meet in Wake of UK Referendum
  2. Flag of the European Union Leaders: EU is Strong Enough to Weather This Crisis
  3. Saving migrants in distress at sea Operation SOPHIA to be Extended
EU’s six founding member states

EU Founding States Meet in Wake of UK Referendum

Foreign Minister Steinmeier received his counterparts from France, the Netherlands, Italy, Belgium and Luxembourg in Berlin a day after the referendum in the UK. The challenge for the time ahead would be to find common responses to the questions arising from the UK’s decision.

Flag of the European Union

Leaders: EU is Strong Enough to Weather This Crisis

While admitting that the results of the referendum in the in the United Kingdom marked a dark day for Europe, German leaders were confident that the European Union was strong enough to weather the crisis. The goal, Chancellor Merkel said, should be to build a close, partner relationship between the EU and the UK.

Saving migrants in distress at sea

Operation SOPHIA to be Extended

Operation SOPHIA, the anti-human smuggling operation in the Mediterranean Sea, is to be continued and extended. German navy vessels will in future also be involved in preventing arms trafficking by sea to Libya, and will support the Libyan coastguard.


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.

Important Information

New Registration Guidelines now in place for Germany

Germany has implemented new registration rules for landlords and all individuals taking up residence in Germany, including foreign nationals.

New registration guidelines now in place for Germany [pdf, 205.13k]

Commemorative plaque marking the launch of Hitler’s invasion of the Soviet Union on 22 June 1941

Remembrance. Responsibility. The Future!

Article by Foreign Minister Steinmeier on the 75th anniversary of the launch of Germany's invasion of the Soviet Union.

Foreign Minister Steinmeier

Steinmeier on Germany's New Global Role

In an article in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Minister Steinmeier talks about the transformation Germany’s role in global affairs has undergone over recent decades and analyses why Germany’s political influence internationally has grown.

A memorial of flowers, rainbow flags and candles in Berlin

Orlando: Condolences, Solidarity From Germany

Ambassador Peter Wittig expressed his horror at the attack in Orlando on Sunday. "I am horrified by the shooting in Orlando. Germany stands with the US against such attacks. My thoughts are with the victims and their families."

Anja Niedringhaus

Adriane Ohanesian Awarded Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award

Ambassador Peter Wittig hosted the award ceremony for the Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award last week at the embassy. The prize is presented annually by the International Women in Media Foundation and was awarded this year to American photographer Adriane Ohanesian.

Henry Kissinger and Ambassador Power

Kissinger Prize Awarded to Ambassador Power

Ambassador Samantha Power was honored this week in Berlin with the 2016 Henry Kissinger Prize, awarded by the American Academy in Berlin.

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.


Word of the Week: Fallrückzieher

As the 2016 European Championship continues, let's take a look at another German soccer word that may come in handy if you're watching the games in German: Fallrückzieher.

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.


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