The Women's World Cup is underway in Edmonton, Canada. Twenty-four teams from six continents are competing in stadiums across Canada. Germany competed in group B against Norway, Thailand and the Ivory Coast. Germany lost to the US in the semifinals on June 30 and will compete for third place in the finals.
Women's World Cup
The German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) invested a record amount of 2 Billion Euros last year according to its annual report which was presented on Tuesday, June 30.
GIZ Annual Report
The European Space Agency has chosen Johann-Dietrich Wörner, former chairman of the German Aerospace Center (DLR), to take leadership of the agency. Wörner will lead missions to increase the ESA's presence on the ISS, land on Mars and build a new rocket.
For the first time in its 86-year history, the European Maccabi Games will be held in Germany. The games, which will kick off at Berlin's Olympic Park on July 27, are Europe's largest Jewish sporting event. The games are held every four years.
The German government has strongly condemned the most recent acts of terrorism. Chancellor Angela Merkel has sent her condolences to the Tunisian and French Presidents and to the Emir of Kuwait.
German Government Condemns Attacks
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visited Germany for four days this month. Visits to Berlin and Frankfurt am Main were on the agenda of this fifth state visit to Germany.
The Queen in Germany
At the invitation of his French counterpart, Laurent Fabius, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier attended a meeting with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on June 23.
This year, two major companies are hoping to tackle that problem. Deutsche ACCUmotive, and subsidiary of Daimler, and Mainova are both testing energy storage systems.
At their meeting in Luxembourg on June 22, the EU Foreign Ministers agreed on a first package of measures to combat human smuggling in the Mediterranean with improved surveillance and assessment as a response to the refugee crisis.
On June 17, the American Academy of Berlin presented the prestigious Henry A. Kissinger Prize to two worthy candidates: former German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher and former Italian President Giorgio Napolitano.
Henry A. Kissinger Prize
The German-American Heritage Museum has launched an exhibit showcasing the influence that German-speaking immigrants had on the Hollywood film industry. Titled "100 Years of Hollywood - the Laemmle Effect", the exhibit traces the effect that German filmmakers, directors, producers, actors and composers had on the industry in the early 20th century and beyond.
100 Years of Hollywood - the Laemmle Effect
Two major German companies, Aldi and Lidl, announced expansion into the US market last week. Aldi will be expanding its presence across the west coast. Lidl, meanwhile has big plans for headquarters in Virginia.
Lidl and Aldi
Few things last forever. Many of them are Strohfeuer, such as interesting fashion trends or a summer fling.
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