1. Steinmeier in Brussels “Sanctions Work Before They Have Been Decided”
  2. Von der Leyen in Afghanistan Defense Minister von der Leyen Visits Northern Afghanistan
  3. Energy efficiency label for appliances Germany #1 in International Energy Efficiency Ranking
Steinmeier in Brussels

“Sanctions Work Before They Have Been Decided”

"Capital flight, a slump in the economy, sanctions lists – all of this is already happening, and Russia is already paying a high price for its policies," Foreign Minister Steinmeier said in an interview with Bild newspaper ahead of the EU foreign ministers meeting.

Von der Leyen in Afghanistan

Defense Minister von der Leyen Visits Northern Afghanistan

Defense Minister von der Leyen visited the German Camp Marmal and the Afghan army's Camp Shaheen, outside Mazar-e-Sharif, where German military personnel are acting as advisors in preparation for the handover of responsibility.

Energy efficiency label for appliances

Germany #1 in International Energy Efficiency Ranking

Germany came in first in a new energy efficiency ranking of the world’s major economies, followed by Italy, the European Union as a whole, China, and France, according to the 2014 International Energy Efficiency Scorecard published by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).

Hans-Peter Kaul

Remembering ICC Judge Hans-Peter Kaul

"With the death of Hans-Peter Kaul, the international community has lost a tireless campaigner for justice and against impunity,” Foreign Minister Steinmeier said of the the former German judge at the International Criminal Court.

Foreign Minister Steinmeier

Steinmeier on Middle East: In Search of a New Order

"Should we not risk trying to raise the quest for solutions to another level? Even if today that is merely a distant idea of the future. We should think about a new order for the Middle East which could redefine and guarantee the security interests of all parties."

70th Anniversary Commemoration

Commemorating Resistance Against Hitler

Each year on July 20, the anniversary of the 1944 attempted assassination of Hitler, Germany pauses to remember the men and women of the resistance movement who stood up for freedom and human dignity in the face of the Nazi regime, often at the risk of death.

Obama and Merkel in June 2013

Merkel on USA: We Must Discuss Our Divergent Views

In an interview for German television, Chancellor Merkel spoke of divergent ideas in Germany and the USA as to the work of intelligence services. In a telephone call on July 15, Merkel and Obama exchanged views on this matter.


New VW Investment to Create 2,000 Jobs in Chattanooga

Volkswagen has officially announced that they will be exclusively producing its newest midsize SUV at the Chattanooga plant in Tennessee. According to the VW press release, from 2014 to 2018, Volkswagen is planning to invest more than 7 billion dollars in the US and Mexico.


Lahm Retires as Captain on the National Team

After five days as world champion, six years as captain and ten years as a player, German National Team defender Philipp Lahm announced his retirement from international soccer today in Munich. He will be sorely missed by fans, teammates and the coaching staff.

Erasmus students in Germany

Germany Remains Popular Choice Among Erasmus Students

The European Union's Erasmus Programme sent 270,000 university students abroad in Europe during the 2012/13 academic year, many of which chose to study in Germany. Spain ranked as the most popular destination for Erasmus students, but Germany came in second, bringing in more than 30,000 students during the academic year.

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.


Word of the Week: Geisterfahrer

Driving on the wrong side of the road is dangerous, and can even be deadly. In German, drivers who are going in the wrong direction are called Geisterfahrer, which means "ghost drivers."


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