German Foreign Policy

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German Foreign Policy - An Overview

The primary goal of German foreign policy is to preserve peace and security in the world. The expanded concept of security covers not only questions of conflict prevention, defense, disarmament and arms controls, but also economic, ecological and social issues as well as human rights. This includes a committed effort on behalf of human rights world-wide and a global economy that creates opportunities for everyone, of fostering cross-border environmental protection and an open dialog between the cultures.


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Central Topics

Globalization has increased the interconnectedness of peoples and countries — the impact of political decisions and economic and social developments is increasingly felt in faraway lands. Efforts to cooperate rather than confront are important to Germany.

Regional Focuses

Regional Focuses

Cross-national themes in German foreign policy, including the Middle East Peace Process, the Western Balkans and Transatlantic Relations, as well as global hotspots like Afghanistan are presented here.

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International Law

Together with its European and transatlantic partners, Germany is deeply committed to the causes of democracy, development and human rights. One key component in achieving these goals is the protection of and adherence to international law.

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International Organizations

German foreign policy is a policy for peace. This principle is a central part of all the activities of the Federal Foreign Office. Specific examples include Germany’s engagement in the United Nations and the OSCE, in the areas of global disarmament and crisis prevention.

Foreign Policy

Federal Foreign Office in Berlin

Federal Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel

Sigmar Gabriel

Sigmar Gabriel is the Federal Foreign Minister. Germany’s foreign policy is value-oriented and interest-led. Its foreign policy agenda revolves around Europe, the transatlantic partnership, working for peace, new players and managing globalization.