1. Foreign Minister Steinmeier Middle East: Steinmeier Calls for Immediate Ceasefire
  2. EU in Brussels Merkel Welcomes EU Sanctions Against Russia
  3. Day of beer US Beer Market Expanding in Germany
Foreign Minister Steinmeier

Middle East: Steinmeier Calls for Immediate Ceasefire

"The ever more intense fighting in and around Gaza which in recent days and again this morning involved the shelling and bombing of civilian infrastructure and UN facilities fills me with deep concern. Everything possible must be done to avoid civilian casualties and uphold international humanitarian law."

EU in Brussels

Merkel Welcomes EU Sanctions Against Russia

Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed the European Union’s decision on Tuesday on a package of economic sanctions against Russia, calling the action inevitable. "It now rests with the Russian leadership to decide whether they will choose the path of de-escalation and of cooperation,” the deputy government spokesperson said.

Day of beer

US Beer Market Expanding in Germany

Unique US-brewed craft beers are catching on in Germany. Stone Brewery, one of the most prominent US craft brewers, announced recently a plan to invest $25 million to build a brewery in Germany's capital.

Von der Leyen in Afghanistan

Defense Minister von der Leyen Visits Northern Afghanistan

Defense Minister von der Leyen visited 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.

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.

Rehm Long Jump

German Paralympic Athlete Breaks Long Jump Record

German athlete Markus Rehm made history over the weekend by becoming the first amputee ever to compete at the Ulm German Athletics Championships. Rehm jumped past the eight-meter mark and landing at 8.24 meters, a new world record.

Löw Wins

Löw Will Stay On As Head Coach

A week after Philipp Lahm shocked soccer fans in Germany by retiring from the national team, rumors have been flying about the possibility of Head Trainer Joachim Löw retiring as well. Löw spoke out to quell these rumors, assuring fans that he fully intends to finish out his contract with the team.


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.

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: Affenhitze

A sweltering heat hung over Germany last week, forcing many people to stay indoors or head over to a pool. With temperatures around 100 degrees Fahrenheit, many Germans were complaining about the so-called Affenhitze.


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