Westerwelle: Vision of Transatlantic Single Market is an Opportunity
"The vision of a transatlantic single market now gives us an opportunity to infuse the transatlantic partnership with new momentum," Foreign Minister Westerwelle said in a speech to the FDP parliamentary group. "In a dramatically changing world, we have to turn to our common strengths in order to shape globalization in line with our libertarian values."
Westerwelle is to meet with President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Netanyahu and other members of the government. Issues topping the agenda are renewed efforts for the peace process, the crisis in Syria and the Iranian nuclear program. In Ramallah, Westerwelle is to meet with Salam Fayyad, caretaker Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority.
Middle East Trip
What will the EU look like in the future and what role will Germany play? These questions were the focus of the 16th WDR Europaforum at the Federal Foreign Office attended by high-ranking politicians from all across Europe.
In the past decade, the amount of women in management roles in Germany has been on the rise, but Chancellor Merkel says that German companies have to pick up the pace. In a Women’s Summit on May 7 she discussed the barriers to women in the workplace and will use their insight to develop a strategy for the future.
Women in Leadership Roles
What if you had to choose a pop song to represent the USA and win the hearts and minds of people everywhere in an Olympics of song judged by the common folk? This is the challenge that European countries face every year in the Eurovision Song Contest.
The concert in Bayreuth on Wagner’s actual birthday represents the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the Wagner Anniversary Year 2013, which will see a vast array of operatic and other performances, exhibitions, seminars, and more, devoted to the composer throughout Germany.
Wagner Year 2013
Visitors to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC have something special to look forward to during spring 2013: an exhibition of 118 works on paper by the most famous German artist, Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528), from the collection of the Albertina Museum in Vienna, Austria.
German film director Katrin Gebbe make her debut in the competition “Un Certain Regard” at the famous film festival on the Côte d’Azur. The Cannes film festival is one of the biggest movie events of the year. It begins in France on May 15.
Both the men’s and women’s Bundesliga teams excelled this year, both nationally and internationally. The Wolfsburg club will be facing off against the Olympique Lyonnais club, trying to grab the title from the two-time champs. The women’s final will be held on May 23 at Stamford Bridge in London.
May the better team win, but which one will it be? A very important question to soccer fans for the upcoming finals, and that is why they say: "Es geht um die Wurst!"
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