Westerwelle on Ukraine: A Profoundly European Matter
Westerwelle traveled to Kyiv on Wednesday, in order to hold bilateral talks in Ukraine while in the country for the OSCE Ministerial Council. He spoke of an “impressive commitment” of Ukrainians to the European Union. “You can see from these demonstrations in the streets that the hearts of the people of Ukraine beat for the European Union.”
Welcome to the Germany.info Advent Calendar. Open a new window each day through December 24 and discover music, recipes, stories, crafts and even a few games that we hope will bring a touch of German Christmas tradition to your holiday season. Enjoy!
Germany.info Advent Calendar
Just in time for the holiday season, the market research firm GfK has reported a seven year high for consumer confidence levels. Consumers also have high income expectations for the month of December, which makes their willingness to spend much higher, too.
GfK Consumer Climate Report
"The agreement reached in Geneva is a turning point and a major step towards our goal of preventing a nuclear-armed Iran. After a decade of negotiations that also saw standstills and confrontation, we have reached a political agreement on initial important steps for the first time today."
Agreement with Iran
The 2012/13 FC Bayern team broke record after record all year last year. The 2013/14 team is on a quest to prove that they still have it. This past weekend, they broke the record for number of wins in a calendar year. They are currently ranked number one in the Bundesliga, and number one in their group for the UEFA Champions League.
FC Bayern Breaks Record
The 2013 German Youth Words of the Year have been announced: in first place is the word "Babo", followed by the words "fame" and "gediegen."
US and German cities ranked high for 2013 in the annual Youthful City index. Berlin ranked second and New York third among 25 of the world’s largest cities.
The Nation Brands Index expresses how attractive a country is in numerical terms, based on extensive surveys conducted in more than 20 countries. The outcome is that Germany is ranked second, right behind the United States.
Nation Brands Index
The German Embassy Washington, in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut and the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG), is pleased to announce the 2013 recipients of the German Embassy Teacher of Excellence Award.
Teacher of Excellence Award
If someone is slacking, you might want to tell them, "Sie müssen einen Zahn zulegen" (in English: "put in a tooth"). Find out how this unique German phrase originated and how you can use it.
Word of the Week