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Ambassador von Ungern-Sternberg Presents Credentials to President of Timor-Leste

Ambassador von Ungern-Sternberg Presents Credentials to President of Timor-Leste

Ambassador Michael Freiherr von Ungern-Sternberg presented his letter of credential to the President of Timor-Leste, H.E. Taur Matan Ruak, on 16 February. Mr von Ungern-Sternberg, who is resident in Jakarta, has thus been accredited as German Ambassador to the South East Asian island nation.

Frank-Walter Steinmeier has been elected the 12th President of the Federal Republic of Germany

In a Federal Convention election held in Berlin on 12 February 2017, former German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier was elected the 12th President of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Eco-Lodge in Karangan Bunut

Eco-Lodge in Karangan Bunut

In 2016, the Embassy supported the construction of an eco-lodge in the Dayak Iban community Kerangan Bunut in Kapuas Hulu district (West Kalimantan) via the Small Scale Project Fund.

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Managing Global Governance (MGG) Academy 2017 – Call for Applications

Young professionals from Indonesia who are willing to make changes and address global challenges are invited to participate in a 4 month programme  taking place in Germany, Belgium and Switzerland, which blends knowledge components on global governance challenges with the development of the participants’ leadership competencies. Application deadline is 15 March 2017.

German-Indonesian Cooperation on Forestry and Agriculture in Jambi

German-Indonesian Cooperation on Forestry and Agriculture in Jambi

Since 2012 the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) funds the Collaborative Research Center (CRC) “Ecological and socioeconomic functions of tropical lowland rainforest transformation systems (Sumatra, Indonesia)”.

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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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German-Moroccan Co-Chairmanship of the Global Forum on Migration and Development 2017-2018

On 1 January 2017, Germany and Moroccot took over the Co-Chairmanship of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD). The 2017 ministerial level Forum Meeting will be hosted by Germany from 28-30 June in Berlin. For more information please visit

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500th anniversary of the Reformation

Five hundred years ago, on 31 October 1517, legend has it that theology professor Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg. The posting of these theses in Wittenberg marks the beginning of the Reformation. The far reaching theological, cultural and political consequences of the Reformation make its anniversary in 2017 not only a church affair, but a central global event in cultural history.

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Germany’s G20 presidency

Germany will be holding the presidency of the G20 in 2017. The summit of the heads of state and government and representatives of international organisations will be held in Hamburg on 7 and 8 July 2017. A number of G20 ministers’ conferences are scheduled to take place prior to this. The G20 Foreign Ministers will meet in Bonn on 16 and 17 February 2017. The summit and ministers’ meetings will provide an opportunity to discuss current international challenges and to raise awareness of new issues in international affairs.

Further information is available on the following webpages:

Ambassador Michael Freiherr von Ungern-Sternberg presents his credentials to ASEAN Secretary-General Le Luong Minh

Ambassador Michael Freiherr von Ungern-Sternberg presents his credentials to ASEAN Secretary-General Le Luong Minh

On 31 October 2016 Ambassador Michael Freiherr von Ungern-Sternberg presented his credentials to the ASEAN Secretary-General Le Luong Minh.

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EU Council Presidency

In the first half of 2017, Malta will hold the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

Trends and Perspectives

Migration, the digital revolution, the trend towards sharing rather than owning, and a new relaxed attitude to business: many factors are changing the way people live in Germany. In the “Trends and Perspectives” section of the latest edition of “DE Magazin Deutschland” and on deutschland.de, learn about how current trends are affecting society and life in Germany. You can also read a report about the rediscovery of the German forest, and gain some fascinating insights into the everyday work of deep-sea researcher Antje Boetius.

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

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“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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Feb 23, 2017 2:04 PM

German police arrest 26-year-old over terror plot

The young man was detained in the small town of Northeim in Lower Saxony. The arrest came just one day after German intelligence revealed a sharp uptick in radical Islamism throughout the nation.


Feb 23, 2017 1:26 PM

Sculptor Fritz Koenig of World Trade Center fame dies in Bavaria

Fritz Koenig, the renowned sculptor known for famous memorials around the world, has died. His best-known work survived the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center in New York.


Feb 23, 2017 12:20 PM

Schäuble gets a lot less from Bundesbank

Germany's central bank has posted only a small distributable profit for 2016 - at least it's a lot smaller than what the finance minister has hoped for. Increased risk provisions were one factor behind the drop.


Feb 23, 2017 11:59 AM

Bundesliga most popular league in Chinese digital media for second year running

According to a report by the marketing firm Mailman Group, the German Bundesliga is more popular online than its European counterparts in the most populous in the world.


Feb 23, 2017 11:43 AM

Wait and see: German companies and Trump

With Donald Trump in office for about a month now, German companies try to look at the bright side. An interview with Daniel Andrich, Representative of German Industry and Trade in Washington.


Feb 23, 2017 11:21 AM

Inge Gutbrod's wax art

German artist Inge Gutbrod's favorite material is wax. Her works highlight the translucence of this material. Each piece has a unique design. Gutbrod's works are currently on display at the Kunstvilla in Nuremberg. 


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