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Steinmeier was congratulated after elected as president

Steinmeier is new German President

Feb 13, 2017 | www.dw.com
Shortly before officially taking on the G20 Presidency, the Chancellor met with the World Bank president

G20: Together against climate change

Dec 2, 2016 | www.bundesregierung.de

Petersberg Climate Dialogue

May 24, 2017 | www.bundesregierung.de
Chancellor Merkel stressed the significance of climate change

"We share a common fate," declared German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the second of the Petersberg Climate Dialogue. Representatives of 35 states were in Berlin from May 22 - 23 to discuss how the Paris Agreement on climate change can be effectively implemented.

German Football Ambassador awards presented at the Foreign Office

May 22, 2017 | Deutscher Fußball Botschafter e.V.
World champion Miroslav Klose won the honorary award

Football ambassadors shape Germany’s image all over the world. German footballers and trainers actively bridge borders. On May 18, there was an award ceremony for the winners of the “German Football Ambassador." Horst Kriete, who was a technical advisor to the South African Football Association SAFA from 1997-2002, won this prestigious award.

Sigmar Gabriel is Germany’s new Foreign Minister

Jan 30, 2017 | FFO
Frank-Walter Steinmeier welcomes Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on his arrival at the German Foreign Office

On January 27, outgoing Foreign Minister Frank‑Walter Steinmeier handed over to his successor, Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, at a ceremony at the German Foreign Office. After receiving their letters of appointment and discharge from German President Gauck in Schloss Bellevue, Steinmeier and Gabriel gave speeches to ministry staff and a large number of guests in the packed Weltsaal at the German Foreign Office.

Paul Collier: 'Let's stop preaching to Africa'

Jan 17, 2017 | www.dw.com
Paul Collier, Africa policy advisor to the German government during the G20 presidency

Paul Collier, a leading development economist, has spoken with Deutsche Welle about a new G20 agenda for Africa, which should focus on improving private investment, learning from China, and not repeating the mistakes of the past.

Foreign Minister Steinmeier on the death of Roman Herzog

Jan 11, 2017 | FFO
Former German President Roman Herzog

Following the death of former German President Roman Herzog on January 10, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier issued a statement, saying Germany has ''lost a great consitutional law expert, politician and statesman. Roman Herzog's long political journey took him from the Rhineland‑Palatinate to Baden‑Württemberg and then to Berlin where he became the first elected Federal President in reunited Germany.''


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Germany and South Africa - a close partnership

German Chancellor Angela Merkel with former South African President Nelson Mandela

South Africa is one of Germany's most important partners in Subsaharan-Africa. The cordial relations are intensive and versatile. The German-South African Partnership is an important component of the EU-Africa-Partnership for the formation of the One World.

Germany's Foreign Policy

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier with South African President Jacob Zuma

Today's German foreign policy has to be geared to three key guiding principles: Strengthening Europe as a model for cooperation and integration, advocating peace and disarmament and seizing the opportunities offered by globalization for the benefit of all. In the age of globalisation states, societies and economic areas are becoming increasingly interlinked. That has a definite impact on German foreign policy. Conflicts in other parts of the world now have a more direct impact on us here in Germany. However, the main aim of German foreign policy is still to maintain peace and security in the world.

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