1. G7 Summit Chancellor Merkel: G7 Summit in Japan a Success
  2. Invest Record Foreign Investment in Germany
  3. Alexander Gerst Alexander Gerst to Serve as ISS Commander in 2018
G7 Summit

Chancellor Merkel: G7 Summit in Japan a Success

Chancellor Merkel called the two-day G7 Summit in Japan a success as leaders used the meeting to discuss strengthening the global economy and also addressed the refugee crisis, fighting terrorism, sanctions against Russia, and equality and access to jobs for women.


Record Foreign Investment in Germany

Germany experienced record foreign direct investment last year, according to a new report by Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI). In total, Germany attracted 6.2 billion euros in investment in 2015, almost doubling the total in 2014.

Alexander Gerst

Alexander Gerst to Serve as ISS Commander in 2018

German astronaut and geophysicist Alexander Gerst will serve as the commander of the International Space Station in 2018, the European Space Agency announced this week. That would make him the first German in history to take charge of the ISS.


Changes in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program and ESTA

Please check the website of the German Federal Foreign Office to learn more about the recent changes to the U.S. Visa Waiver Program and ESTA.

Important Information

New Registration Guidelines now in place for Germany

Germany has implemented new registration rules for landlords and all individuals taking up residence in Germany, including foreign nationals.

New registration guidelines now in place for Germany [pdf, 205.13k]

Research and Development

More Investment in Research and Development

The Federal Ministry for Education and Research released a report earlier this month regarding Germany's diverse – and growing – research and development landscape. The report shows a record number of jobs and investment in R&D in Germany.

Chancellor Merkel and President Erdogan

Chancellor Merkel Attends World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul

The Chancellor called for strict respect for international law and for a global consensus on better networking emergency aid to respond to natural disasters, crises and war.

Minister De Maizière and Secretary Johnson

Interior Minister de Maizière in DC for Talks on Combatting Terrorism

German-US efforts in fighting terrorism, cybersecurity, as well as integration were on the agenda as Interior Minister de Maizière met with US Homeland Security Secretary Johnson and Attorney General Lynch in Washington, DC, this week.

Fritz Stern in 2007

Remembering Fritz Stern – Historian, Confidante, Adviser

"Fritz Stern became not only my intellectual idol, but also one of my closest friends during my time in New York and Washington, DC," Ambassador Wittig writes. "His wit and humor, combined with a sharp yet benevolent mind, is unsurpassed."

27-man roster

Provisional Euro Cup Roster Named

German National Team Coach Joachim Löw has named the provisional roster for the 2016 Euro Cup, which begins next month in France. Among the 27-man team are 14 members of the last World Cup team, which took home the trophy from Rio in 2014.

Chairperson-in-Office Foreign Minister Steinmeier

Germany’s OSCE Chairmanship in 2016

Among the focuses of Germany's chairmanship of the OSCE in 2016 is continued crisis and conflict management in and around Ukraine and in the other unresolved conflicts in the OSCE area.

Internationales Parlamentsstipendium (IPS)

International Parliamentary Scholarship of The German Bundestag (IPS)

The IPS program of The German Bundestag gives well-qualified young people with a strong interest in politics from the USA, France, Israel and Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe and the Arab world the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of Germany's system of parliamentary government. Through fifteen-week placements with Members of the Bundestag, participants are introduced to the wide variety of tasks carried out in a Member’s office. Scholarship-winners are chosen by the Bundestag’s independent selection panel.


Word of the Week: Riechkolben

Do you know someone who has a nose like Pinocchio? Or maybe a nose that reminds you of Rudolph? Germans would call such noses a Riechkolben!


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Skills Initiative

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Transatlantic Climate Bridge

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