1. Chancellor Merkel in Berlin, July 28 Merkel: Germany Must Balance Freedom and Security
  2. Merkel and Obama at NATO Warsaw Summit in early July Merkel and Obama Phone Call: International Terrorism, Ukraine
  3. Foreign Minister Steinmeier and Secretary of State Kerry Steinmeier in DC for Talks on Iraq, Fighting ISIL
Chancellor Merkel in Berlin, July 28

Merkel: Germany Must Balance Freedom and Security

Germany and Europe are faced with an enormous test in light of recent terrorist attacks, Chancellor Merkel said Thursday at her annual summer press conference. She condemned the attacks in Würzburg and Ansbach as Islamist terrorism. The attacks have tested the ratio of freedom to security, Merkel said. The attackers are sowing hate and fear between cultures and in society.

Merkel and Obama at NATO Warsaw Summit in early July

Merkel and Obama Phone Call: International Terrorism, Ukraine

Chancellor Merkel and President Obama underscored that they want to continue to fight international terrorism together resolutely.

Foreign Minister Steinmeier and Secretary of State Kerry

Steinmeier in DC for Talks on Iraq, Fighting ISIL

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is in Washington, DC, on July 20 and 21 to take part in two vital international meetings: an Iraq donor conference and a meeting of the anti-ISIL coalition.

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Changes in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program and ESTA

Please check the website of the German Federal Foreign Office to learn more about the recent changes to the U.S. Visa Waiver Program and ESTA.

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New Registration Guidelines now in place for Germany

Germany has implemented new registration rules for landlords and all individuals taking up residence in Germany, including foreign nationals.

New registration guidelines now in place for Germany [pdf, 205.13k]

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Legacy of German Filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder

The international film world sees him as Germany's most significant filmmaker after World War II. Now, an extensive new photo book looks at Rainer Werner Fassbinder's unique career and shows how his films worked.

Foreign Minister Steinmeier in DC

Steinmeier on Imposition of State of Emergency in Turkey

"The state should only take action where there is proof of involvement in criminal actions and not merely on the basis of suspected political leanings. It is also crucial that the state of emergency is limited to the absolutely necessary duration and then ended immediately."

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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. 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.

Bundeswehr troops in Lithuania as part of NATO

Germany to Lead NATO Battle Group in Lithuania

Under measures adopted at the recent NATO Warsaw Summit (July 8-9), Germany will lead one of four NATO battalions in Eastern Europe to be in place by next year.

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Jewish Newspaper Celebrates 70 Years

The German Newspaper Jüdische Allgemeine is celebrating its 70th anniversary, marking a success story for a newspaper that has become a strong voice in Germany.

Chairperson-in-Office Foreign Minister Steinmeier

Germany’s OSCE Chairmanship in 2016

Among the focuses of Germany's chairmanship of the OSCE in 2016 is continued crisis and conflict management in and around Ukraine and in the other unresolved conflicts in the OSCE area.

Schenkelklopfer

Word of the Week: Schenkelklopfer

A Schenkelklopfer is a simple, corny but effective joke that evokes serious laughter. The direct translation is "thigh slapper" but in English, the term "knee slapper" is a more commonly used equivalent. This type of joke is so funny that it may have listeners slapping their knees while laughing.

Biking along river routes

Biking Germany's Great Rivers

When it comes to choosing a route, both hardcore cycle tourists and day-trippers seek the same kind of territory. They like to pedal through rural landscapes with rivers, lakes and views of the sea.  We profile three routes that offer all of the above.

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