EU Meeting: Support for Ukraine Reaffirmed
The heads of state or government of the EU states met in Brussels today to discuss events in Ukraine. They also met with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, who informed them about the situation in his country. They applaud the courage and resilience shown by the Ukrainian people these last months and weeks.
Foreign Minister Steinmeier met with US Secretary of State Kerry in Washington, where they talked about a number of current issues, such as the situation in Ukraine. On Friday, after a meeting with IMF Managing Director Lagarde, Steinmeier lectured at the Brookings Institution on transatlantic relations for a new generation.
Steinmeier in Washington
Thirteen Athletes from Germany will be competing in the Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia from March 7-16. Seven men and six women will compete in the alpine skiing, Nordic combined, and para-snowboarding events.
Germany has been named an Innovation Leader by the Innovation Union Scoreboard, a report published by the Enterprise and Industry section of the European Commission every year. This is the seventh year in a row that Germany has been rated an Innovation Leader by this report.
The aim of the talks is to further strengthen and expand German-Israeli relations and therefore a number of topics make up the agenda for the discussions. Notably the two foreign ministers signed an arrangement on consular assistance making it possible for Israeli citizens abroad to seek assistance from German consular posts if Israel does not have a representation of its own where they are.
Germany reported a balanced budget in 2013 for the second year in a row. In fact, after looking at net lending and expenditure, the Federal Statistical Office determined that there was a financing surplus of 300 million euros.
A new exhibition opening February 23 at the National Gallery of Art offers the chance to experience a diverse array of prints, drawings and more by some of the best-known Expressionists, including Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Emil Nolde, and Egon Schiele.
Modern German Prints and Drawings
In German, terms such as "deja vu" and "carpe diem" are considered geflügelte Wörter ("winged words") -- a term that originated in Homer's works and is now deeply integrated in the German language.
Word of the Week