Ukraine: Crimean Referendum is Unlawful
The planned referendum in Crimea contravenes the Ukrainian constitution and international law, in the view of the German government. "For this reason it will not be recognized by the international community," declared the government spokesperson. On Sunday the Chancellor emphatically put the German point of view that the planned referendum in Crimea is illegal in a conversation with Russian President Putin.
Germany is providing medical aid for Ukranian citizens who were seriously injured in the course of the violent escalation of the protests on the Maidan in Kyiv. On Wednesday, March 12, 24 acutely injured Ukrainians will be flown to Germany aboard a Bundeswehr Airbus A310 STRATAIRMEDEVAC.
Aid for Injured Ukrainians
Modern digital products must adapt themselves to people, not the other way around, Chancellor Merkel said in officially opening the fair on Sunday, March 9, together with British Prime Minister Cameron.
German company CureVac GmBH became the first company to win the EU Prize for Innovative Vaccine Technology this week. The prize is meant to encourage scientific innovation.
EU Prize for Innovation
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.
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