The German Bundeswehr is to train Iraqi and Kurdish security forces in Northern Iraq in support of the fight against the terrorist militants ISIS, under a plan adopted by the Federal Cabinet on the initiative of Foreign Minister Steinmeier and Defense Minister von der Leyen.
"I condemn this criminal attack in the strongest possible terms. The appalling cowardice of taking children as hostages and murdering them goes beyond anything that Pakistan, which has been afflicted by terror and violence for years, has experienced to date."
Steinmeier Condemns Attack
For the second year in a row, Germany was ranked fifth and continues to improve, particularly in when it comes to training IT experts. It jumped from 6th to 4th in the world for STEM education and is also placed 6th for accessibility of high tech training.
Germany’s economy is closing out the year on a positive note, with economic and investor sentiment reaching the highest levels since May. After seven months of steady decline, the ZEW indicator of Economic jumped 23.4 points in December, settling at 34.9.
Germany is continuously expanding its assistance and support for the countries affected by the Ebola virus. The objective is to isolate Ebola, not the affected countries.
Fight Against Ebola
"Respecting and promoting universal and indivisible human rights is an essential element of our policy – both at home and abroad," Foreign Minister Steinmeier said. Germany's Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, Joachim Rücker, has just been elected President of the UN Human Rights Council for 2015.
International Human Rights Day
In Germany, plenty of children believe in Santa Claus - or the Weihnachtsmann, as they call him. And as the countdown to Christmas begins, they start writing their wish lists, asking Santa and his elves to bring them the new toys they've been dreaming of all year.
Women’s National Team coach Silvia Neid was in Canada last week to draw for the World Cup group stages. The team landed in Group B alongside Thailand, the Ivory Coast, and longtime rival Norway.
Women's World Cup
You've probably had it - or know what it is; Lebkuchen is a German delicacy commonly found at German-style Christmas markets, as well as other festivals and events. But do you know the origins of the word Lebkuchen? They can be traced back hundreds of years!
Word of the Week