1. Brandenburg Gate, symbol of German Unity Celebrating German Unity
  2. German flag with silhouettes Making Choices: German Bundestag Elections on September 24
  3. schökern Word of the Week: schmökern
Brandenburg Gate, symbol of German Unity

Celebrating German Unity

Each year on October 3, Germany marks the day in 1990 when East and West Germany became one Federal Republic of Germany. The peaceful unification of Germany after decades of division would not have been possible without the steadfast support of our American friends.

German flag with silhouettes

Making Choices: German Bundestag Elections on September 24

The official preliminary election results are in, and it's clear that the Bundestag will look quite different for the next four years. The real winners may be the German voters, who achieved a voter turnout of 76.2 percent, up nearly 5 percentage points over 2013.

schökern

Word of the Week: schmökern

With the Frankfurt Book Fair currently underway, let's take a look at a unique German word loved by avid readers: schmökern.

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Germany’s candidacy for a seat on the Security Council in 2019/20

Germany is seeking to become a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. Former Foreign Minister Steinmeier announced the candidacy for 2019/20 in Hamburg on Monday (27 June). The elections are expected to take place at the General Assembly in June 2018.

In German, to "bring two things under a hat" ("zwei Dinge unter einen Hut bringen") means to successfully juggle them.

Exchange and Networking

In an age of instant, global communication, Edward R. Murrow's famous phrase about the "last three feet" being essential in establishing personal bonds and forming trust between people and nations remains as true as ever. Simply put, there is no substitute for spending time in another country in order to understand its culture, customs, and way of life; in short, to get to know its people.

Sigmar Gabriel

Foreign Minister Gabriel Makes 3rd Visit To the US

For the third time since taking on his role as Foreign Minister, Sigmar Gabriel traveled to Washington today for talks with his U.S. counterpart Rex Tillerson.

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#MyDeutschFail: Finding the Humor in Language Learning

A popular strategy to language learning of any kind, but perhaps especially so with a more complicated language such as German, is keeping a sense of humor about it. As such, we interviewed German language learners of all ages to ask about their funniest language mistakes they have made.

People and rainbow flags at the Brandenburg Gate

Bundestag Approves Same-Sex Marriage

In a historic decision, the German Bundestag voted in favor of same-sex marriage on Friday. Many parliamentarians celebrated the vote in the chamber, and hundreds of revelers gathered at the Brandenburg Gate.

Preparing to dive into the ocean

Thank You to US Air Force for Rescuing German Citizens off Coast of Florida

"Your rescue forces performed a remarkable feat, thus adding yet another, especially impressive act to the countless examples of friendship between our two nations,” Ambassador Wittig writes in a letter to Secretary of the Air Force Wilson.

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German Missions in the United States

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Ambassador Peter Wittig

Ambassador Peter Wittig Alt Text

Peter Wittig is the German Ambassador to the United States.

Skills Initiative

Skills Initiative

The Skills Initiative works to introduce the German style dual training system in the US.