1. Foreign Minister Steinmeier Steinmeier Condemns Terrorist Attack on School in Pakistan
  2. Climate change Sound Foundations Laid for Global Climate Agreement
  3. Himmelpfort Letters to Himmelpfort: Kids Send Wish Lists to Santa
Foreign Minister Steinmeier

Steinmeier Condemns Terrorist Attack on School in Pakistan

"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."

Climate change

Sound Foundations Laid for Global Climate Agreement

Participants at the United Nations Climate Change Conference have agreed on the broad outlines of a comprehensive climate change agreement. "The Lima conference has opened all options for ambitious worldwide climate action," Environment Minister Hendricks said.

Himmelpfort

Letters to Himmelpfort: Kids Send Wish Lists to Santa

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.

ZEW

Economic Sentiment Skyrockets To Close Out 2014

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.

Ebola training in Würzburg

Germany's Contribution in the Fight Against Ebola

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.

International Human Rights Day

International Human Rights Day

"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.

Schmidt GMF

Agriculture Minister Schmidt Travels to DC for Bilateral Talks

Federal Minister for Food and Agriculture Christian Schmidt was in the US this week for bilateral talks with his counterpart in the US Department of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack. A major goal for his visit was to open a dialogue with the USDA on TTIP.

Skills Initiative

The Skills Initiative Makes a Stop in Licking County, Ohio

The Head of the Economic Section at the German Embassy, Hendrik Barkeling visited Ohio last week on the invitation of city and county officials. His visit was part of the Skills Initiative Campaign, which facilitates the development of skills training programs in the US.

Germany.info Advent Calendar

Germany.info Advent Calendar

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!

Group B

Women’s National Team Gears Up for World Cup

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.

pigs

Animal Welfare Initiative Works to Improve Conditions

 Animal welfare is a core tenant of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture’s (BMEL) mission. In the second half of 2014, it has become a major topic of discussion in the realm of farm safety, international trade, and scientific advancement.

Lebkuchen

Word of the Week: Lebkuchen

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!

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Ambassador Peter Wittig

Ambassador Peter Wittig

Peter Wittig is the German Ambassador to the United States.

Fall of the Wall

Fall of the Wall

The year 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall - a monumental day in German history.

Play the Spot the Bus Contest

Spot the Bus

Our Spot the Bus contest is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Transatlantic Climate Bridge

Transatlantic Climate Bridge

Learn more about the initiative and about German energy policy and the energy transition here.

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German Missions in the United States

Find out which German Mission can assist you by using our Consulate Finder.