1. Ready for Oktoberfest Oktoberfest 2014: What You Need to Know
  2. UNSC Foreign Minister Steinmeier At the UN
  3. Ebola Aid workers Germany Increases Aid for Fight Against Ebola
Ready for Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest 2014: What You Need to Know

It's back: the highly-anticipated Oktoberfest opens on Saturday, September 20. More than 6 million people will once again race to the world’s largest fair to celebrate Bavarian beer and culture.  So throw on your Lederhosen and get ready for the Wiesn! Prost!


Foreign Minister Steinmeier At the UN

Foreign Minister Steinmeier traveled to New York last week to attend a special meeting of the UN Security Council. He retuned this week to attend the opening of the UN General Assembly.

Ebola Aid workers

Germany Increases Aid for Fight Against Ebola

In view of the dramatic situation in West Africa, an interministerial meeting on Germany’s engagement in the fight against the Ebola outbreak was held at the Federal Foreign Office on September 19, headed by State Secretary Markus Ederer.


Ambassador Wittig Talks About Fight Against ISIS with NPR

Ambassador Peter Wittig was interviewed for the weekend edition of All Things Considered last week. He spoke with host Arun Rath about ISIS, Syria, and Germany’s role in the global security alliance.

Merkel in the Bundestag

Further EU Sanctions Against Russia

Chancellor Merkel, speaking to the Bundestag on Thursday, called for the sanctions to be implemented immediately, saying that despite progress on the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, it was unclear how far Russia had gone in fulfilling the agreed upon plan for a peaceful solution.

Christopher Clark discusses "Sleepwalkers" at the German Embassy, Sept. 15, 2014.

Historians Clark and Chickering Debate the Causes and Legacy of World War I

On September 15, nearly 200 guests were treated to an “intellectual feast” as esteemed historians Christopher Clark and Roger Chickering debated the origins of the Great War, focusing on Clark’s best-selling book "The Sleepwalkers."

Opening ceremony

New Battery Facility Provides Green Energy Solution in Germany

As of September 16, the electric grid that runs through the state of Mecklenburg- Vorpommern is operating entirely on green energy, thanks to a mega battery developed by the company WEMAG AG.

Rally against anti-Semitism

Rally Against Anti-Semitism: “Jewish Life Belongs in Germany”

Some 8,000 people gathered in the heart of Berlin on September 15 in a public demonstration of solidarity with Germany’s Jewish population and against anti-Semitism. Top political and religious leaders took part in the event, which was organized by the Central Council of Jews in Germany.

Festo Didactic

New Festo Training Facility: Important Step for Skills Training in US

The German Company Festo AG recently announced a partnership with the Central Piedmont Community College of Charlotte, North Carolina. Festo AG will soon be opening a state-of-the-art training facility on CPCC's campus, making job-training more accessible than ever.


Seventh Round of TTIP Talks Begin in Chevy Chase

The seventh round of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations will go on all week this week in Chevy Chase, MD. The TTIP teams have once again invited stakeholders to a meeting midweek to discuss the progress of the deal.

hour record

German Cyclist Breaks World Record Before Retiring

After 18 years, 17 Tour de France appearances, and hundreds of miles, German cyclist Jens Voigt brought his career to a close this week. He made history when he biked  51.115 kilometers in one hour, breaking Czech cyclist Ondrej Sosenka's record by two full seconds.

Deutsche Mark

Word of the Week: Zwangsumtausch

No one likes to be forced to do anything, especially when it comes to spending money. But in 1964, the East German government began a policy known colloquially as the Zwangsumtausch ("forceful exchange of money").


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