Key Messages on Public Diplomacy Topics
Germany is a vital international partner on a number of matters of global importance. In this special feature we present Germany's key messages on current challenges in foreign policy and global issues.
Germany is fully committed to doing whatever is necessary to defend the stability of the eurozone as a whole. This includes providing assistance to highly indebted partner countries. But Germany is also convinced that partnership is based on mutual responsibility and a clear commitment to fiscal stability.
After an acute economic slump following the international financial crisis, the German economy is again on a growth course. This is above all attributable to the rebound in the global economy. Initial economic stimulus from exports has now spread to domestic demand.
Germany is a strong and reliable partner in the international efforts to help build an Afghanistan that will never again become a haven for terrorists. A responsible handover to Afghan authorities is the guiding principle.
Engagement in Afghanistan
For Germany, disarmament and arms control are key building blocks for a global security architecture of the future. They are not a concern of the past but require urgent attention in the present and in the future.
Cyber Security has turned into a central challenge for the state, business and society both at a national and international level. The German Government aims at making a substantial contribution to a secure cyberspace, thus maintaining and promoting economic and social prosperity in Germany.
German vocational training, which seamlessly mixes theory and practice into a system that is ingrained into the socio-economic framework, is recognized the world over as a foundational, highly effective model for producing skilled workers.
Dual System of Vocational Training
The German government knows, that a progressive climate policy is vital for a healthy economy. The German government has developed a comprehensive energy concept on the basis of scientific studies, which covers the triangle of energy policy: energy security, economics and climate protection.
Climate and Energy Policy
Throughout the current sovereign debt crisis, political and economic leaders in Germany and Europe have been steadfast in their commitment to fiscal discipline and to strengthening the euro.
Chancellor Merkel: "These are highly significant months for Europe’s future."
Chancellor Merkel: "Stronger growth and budget consolidation must go hand in hand."
Chancellor Merkel “Not even Germany’s forces are unlimited."
Chancellor Merkel: "Growth through structural reforms makes sense."
Chancellor Merkel: "More free trade and open world markets are quite fundamental factors."
Foreign Minister Westerwelle: "Germany is counting on Greece’s future in Europe and as a euro member."
Foreign Minister Westerwelle: "We'll stand by our decision.”
Foreign Minister Westerwelle: "This Government needs no persuading to adopt a growth-oriented policy."
Foreign Minister Westerwelle: “Growth cannot be bought on credit."
Finance Minister Schäuble: "It is a serious and difficult decision that must be taken."
Finance Minister Schäuble: "We have rightly chosen to take integration forward in Europe."
Finance Minister Schäuble: "The euro is not the cause of the crisis."