Foreign and European Policy

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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 met 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.

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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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Germany for United Nations Security Council 2019-20

Peace, justice, innovation, partnership - these are the things Germany wants to play in the United Nations. That is why we are standing for a seat in the United Nations Security Council 2019/20 - "an organization more important than ever," said Foreign Minister Steinmeier.

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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

Supporting Syria London 2016

Support for Syria and its neighbours

In view of the still drastic humanitarian situation in and around Syria, the international Supporting Syria and the Region conference is being held in London on 4 February. Germany, Kuwait, Norway and...

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Germany’s human rights policy

Human rights policy is the responsibility of all policymakers in Germany: there can be no “human rights-free zones” either in foreign policy, security policy or in any other policy field.

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The 2016 White Paper

The Federal Government has recast the strategic foundations of its security and defence policy. On 13 July 2016, the Federal Cabinet for the first time in ten years adopted a new White Paper on German Security Policy and the Future of the Bundeswehr.

Berlin Policy Journal

Berlin Policy Journal

The past few months have sharpened the divisions between members of the EU more than any other crisis before. It is not the first time that onlookers have predicted the imminent end of the European Union, but the strength of centrifugal forces pulling it apart seem unprecedented. In the new issue, Almut Möller (“The Disheartened Continent”) argues that Europe needs to focus on the values that unite its people to overcome the divisions tearing the continent apart. Ulrich Speck (“Player or Pawn?”) proposes a truly unified European foreign policy, and Andreas Rinke (“The Last European” – app only) describes the German chancellor’s efforts to keep the EU united. Mark Leonard (“Goodbye? Hello!” – app only) says that it is not Britain that wants to leave the EU, but a part of the British elite that is pushing the “Leave” campaign. BERLIN POLICY JOURNAL is a bimonthly app magazine on international affairs, edited in Germany’s capital. Each issue sets a theme and reports on a diverse range of current and emerging foreign policy topics, aiming at making German and European foreign policy. Published by the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)

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The fight against ISIS: German Bundestag approves Bundeswehr mandate

Foreign Minister Steinmeier speaking in the German Bundestag on 2 December 2015

On Friday (4 December), the German Bundestag voted by a large majority to approve a mandate for the Bundeswehr to be deployed against the terrorist organisation Islamic State (ISIS).

Refugee crisis - what German foreign policy is doing

Distributing aid to refugees in Erbil

Dealing with the worldwide refugee crisis is an international challenge. Combating the causes of flight and raising awareness in countries of origin ‑ these are the priorities of German foreign policy.

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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"Think European – Act European"

Germany's Foreign Minister Steinmeier at Carnegie Europe

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier attended an event at the Carnegie Europe think tank in Brussels on 16 March, where he discussed with European citizens the outcome of the Federal Foreign Office's Review 2014, Europe, and European foreign policy.