Ambassador Wittig films a monthly video on current events in Germany and the US. With the Paris Climate Conference beginning, the focus this month is on climate change and Germany's energy transition.
A Message From the Ambassador
The Federal Foreign Office will now host artists-in-residence at its headquarters in Berlin. Detlef Waschkau, a 54 year old artist from Hannover, was the self-proclaimed “pilot project” of the artist program.
Foreign Office Artist-in-Residence
Germany stands shoulder to shoulder with France, Chancellor Merkel said in the wake of the horrific attacks. "We will fight by your side against those who have inflicted such inconceivable suffering on you."
Sympathy and Solidarity
Across the United States, universities are bringing a piece of Germany to their campuses. By participating in this year's German Campus Weeks program, they are teaching students about German culture, politics and history through interactive activities such as German movie nights, essay contests, Oktoberfest celebrations, soccer games, panel discussions and exhibits.
Campus Weeks: 25 Years German Unity
Dignitaries from around the world gathered in Hamburg today to say the final goodbye to Helmut Schmidt, Germany's Chancellor from 1974-1982. The state funeral for Schmidt, who was 96 when he passed away on November 10, was held St Michael’s Church in Hamburg.
Funeral of Helmut Schmidt
Ambassador Peter Wittig has written a blog post published in the Huffington Post on the upcoming Climate Conference in Paris.
Huffington Post Blog
Ambassador Wittig and the head of the Embassy defense Attaché, Brigadier General Dirk Backen, joined the Gold Band project this week at the Embassy. They yellow ribbons that will be sent overseas as a show of support for German troops.
Yellow Ribbon Project
EU leaders meeting on Sunday agreed on a 17-point plan of action, including opening 100,000 new spaces for temporary shelter and care along the Western Balkans route.
Western Balkans Migration Route
The unassuming building of the German air force base at Dulles is marked only by a German flag and a brightly painted black, red, and gold guard house. A total of six soldiers are stationed at Dulles for the arrival of military and government aircraft and three are in charge of the planes.
German Air Force
If there's one thing Germans really despise, it's having an unappealing Kabelsalat growing in the corner of their homes. Literally translated, this German word means “cable salad” and refers to a tangled mess of electrical cords that can quickly become overwhelming.
Word of the Week