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Message from Federal President Joachim Gauck to Germans living abroad for the 2016 Day of German Unity

On the Day of German Unity we remember all that we have achieved in the last few years of our history. We celebrate the desire for freedom voiced by the people in Leipzig, Plauen, Berlin and many other towns and cities in the GDR.

Message from Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, on the occasion of the Day of German Unity, 3 October 2016

The fall of the Berlin Wall, the reunification of Germany and the overcoming of the division of Europe into East and West: without a doubt, these events marked a historic watershed whose impact stretched far beyond Germany’s borders.

ClimateDiplomacyWeek at CIFP 2016

ClimateDiplomacyWeek at CIFP 2016

On Saturday, September 17th the European Union participated in the Conference on Indonesian Foreign Policy (CIFP 2016) as part of the ClimateDiplomacyWeek and distributed information on its member states’ efforts regarding climate change policy.

International Coaching Courses at Leipzig University

The next International Coaching Course of the Leipzig University will be from 27 February until 31 July 2017 in the following courses:

  • Track and field in Arabic
  • Conditioning Coach in English
  • Football in French
  • Sports for the Disabled in Spanish

Application deadline (in Leipzig) will be on 1 November 2016.

Application deadline (in Leipzig) for the second International Coaching Course 2017/2018 will be on 1 March 2017.

All information about the courses can also be gleaned from the following website: .

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2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro

Visitors will be able to savour the Olympic and Paralympic spirit at a particularly special location in Rio de Janeiro. From 4 August to 18 September, Leblon Beach will be playing host to the OliAle Pavilion, a meeting point for Brazilians, tourists and all those looking to experience Rio 2016 with a German-Brazilian atmosphere.

  Find out more about this new form of German participation in the Summer Olympics and about the Olympic games at

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Final of the International German Olympics held in the Weltsaal at the Federal Foreign Office

For two weeks, the participants have been bravely battling their way through adjective declensions and nominal constructions – but above all, they have proved their intercultural skills and made friends from all over the world. A ceremony was held at the Federal Foreign Office on Friday (29 July 2016) to pay tribute to the participants and winners of this year’s International German Olympics.

Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the Award rendered in the Arbitration between the Republic of the Philippines and the People's Republic of China

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Germany’s candidacy for a seat on the Security Council in 2019/20

Germany is seeking to become a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. Foreign Minister Steinmeier announced the candidacy for 2019/20 in Hamburg on Monday (27 June). The elections are expected to take place at the General Assembly in June 2018.

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EU Council Presidency

In the second half of 2016, Slovakia will assume the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

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Germany’s OSCE Chairmanship in 2016 – “Renewing dialogue, rebuilding trust, restoring security”

On 1 January 2016 Germany has assumed the Chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Co‑operation in Europe (OSCE) and is therefore be responsible for steering the Organization safely through the stormy tides of crises and challenges in 2016. Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has presented the details of the Chairmanship’s programme to the 57 OSCE participating States in Vienna on 14 January 2016.

Further information is available on the following websites:

Closing speech by Federal Foreign Minister Steinmeier at the forum 'Menschen bewegen' / 'Inspiring People'

Find the speech here:

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Cultural relations and education policy forum, People on the Move, with Foreign Minister Steinmeier

In the current legislative term, cultural relations and education policy plays a greater role than ever before. In a world that seems to be out of joint, and in which conflicts are increasingly of a cultural and religious nature, the notion that ideological mindsets can only be overcome through differentiation, discussion and collaboration in the fields of culture, education and science is of particular importance.

Information about family reunification for refugees from Syria

Here you will find all the information you need about family reunification for Syrian refugees:

Global education partner

Education is considered the raw material of the 21st century. When it comes to this resource, Germany is a very rich country and sees itself as a pioneer of international knowledge networking. In “Global education partner”, the special feature in the latest issue of DE Magazin Deutschland and on the website, you can find out more about why Germany is an attractive destination for learners and teachers. And get to know people with educations and careers in which Germany has played an important role. Also in this issue: insights into the life and work of Reformer Martin Luther 500 years ago and a report on new spaces for art.

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Topical dossier on “Global education partner”

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Dr. Georg Witschel

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Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Indonesia, Timor Leste and ASEAN

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The “Make it in Germany” website welcomes skilled professionals to Germany!

Make it in germany

“Make it in Germany!” Take a look at our website to see how skilled professionals like yourself can come to live and work in Germany. German firms are facing a genuine skills shortage that is expected to continue into the future. The German Government has therefore set up this website to help business and industry find the specialists they need. Welcome to Germany!

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Sep 29, 2016 12:35 PM

German growth higher on 'moderate upswing'

Thanks to a stable job market and solid consumption, the upswing in Europe's biggest economy is set to continue over the next two years, says a joint economic forecast by leading economic think tanks In Europe.

Sep 29, 2016 11:23 AM

Security scare at Hamburg Airport after US tourist found with hand grenades in luggage

A US tourist triggered a security scare at Hamburg Airport.

A man was discovered trying to bring two World War II-era hand grenades through security at Hamburg's airport. Police and firefighters rushed to the scene in response to the incident.

Sep 29, 2016 11:15 AM

Ancelotti’s honeymoon at Bayern Munich comes to a grinding halt

Carlo Ancelotti's Bayern Munich has slipped up for the first time. DW’s Pablo Foley Elias was at an intimidating Vicente Calderon stadium, where Bayern has now been beaten twice in six months.

Sep 29, 2016 10:51 AM

Volkswagen's i.D. is its electric ego

Scandal-plagued German carmaker Volkswagen is sparing no effort to electrify at the Paris Motor Show. But its emissions tests scam is still making for a highly charged atmosphere, reports Janelle Dumalaon.

Sep 29, 2016 10:22 AM

'99 Luftballons' icon Nena launches first-ever US tour

It's about time. Pop queen Nena's "99 Luftballons" was the rare German-language song to climb the US charts, but she's never toured the country. That is, until now.

Sep 29, 2016 9:33 AM

Babyn Yar: Ukraine's dark anniversary

Ukrainian officials have organized several events to mark the anniversary of the Babyn Yar massacres. Seventy-five years ago, Nazi forces rounded up and shot around 34,000 Jewish residents of Kyiv. David Stern reports.

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The German-Chinese Exchange Year for School Pupils and Young People 2016

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Moving people – and opening up society

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