1. Wittig Interview Ambassador Peter Wittig Interview With USA Today
  2. Von der Leyen, Steinmeier Germany Prepared to Provide Military Assistance to Iraqis
  3. First-Grader with Candy Cone © picture-alliance Sweet School Tradition― Bright Candy Cones for First-Graders
Wittig Interview

Ambassador Peter Wittig Interview With USA Today

Ambassador Peter Wittig gave an interview with Brian Gallagher of USA Today this week. In the interview, Ambassador Wittig called the Ukraine crisis a "watershed moment" for East-West relations.

Von der Leyen, Steinmeier

Germany Prepared to Provide Military Assistance to Iraqis

The German government decided today, August 20, to authorize further assistance, including military aid and arms deliveries, for Iraq. Foreign Minister Steinmeier and Defense Minister von der Leyen made the announcement in a joint press conference following a discussion with Chancellor Angela Merkel and other cabinet members.

First-Grader with Candy Cone © picture-alliance

Sweet School Tradition― Bright Candy Cones for First-Graders

Every year in late summer in Germany, eager and proud first-graders stand in front of their primary schools on the first day of school, happily holding their Schultüten, colorful cones almost as big as they are filled to the brim with sweets and little gifts. How did this custom begin?


Chancellor Angela Merkel to Visit Ukraine

Federal Chancellor Merkel is traveling to Kiev on Saturday for talks. The meeting is “another part of the Federal Government’s involvement” in efforts to resolve the conflict, according to Federal Government Spokesperson Steffen Seibert.

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.

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...

Cape Ray

Foreign Minister Steinmeier On Destruction of Syrian Chemical Weapons

Foreign Minister Steinmeier issued the following statement on August 19 on the completion of the destruction of Syrian chemical weapons on board the American vessel Cape Ray.

Otto Schubert, The Best Time of the Day, 1915

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.

VfL Wolfsburg

Bundesliga Profits Expected to Soar This Season

According to a study published by Ernst and Young consulting group, the Bundesliga is more commercially favorable than ever before going into the 2014/15 season. Around 88 percent of club managers are expecting profits to increase this year.


German Basketball Stars Hope to Qualify for 2015 Eurobasket

The German National Basketball Team has one more game to prove that they are ready to play the in 2015 European basketball tournament. NBA forward Dennis Schröder has made a positive impact on the last few games.

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.


German Oktoberfest Style Comes to the US

With Oktoberfest just around the corner, German clothing company Wiesnkoenig is set to launch their first US store this week. US companies, too, are tapping into the German clothing market for Oktoberfest.


Word of the Week: Blaumachen

Do you ever wake up and feel a little blue? Maybe you're tempted to skip work or school. Well, Germans have a unique word for doing so: blaumachen ("to make blue"). If you've ever called in sick when...


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