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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
A reef knot as the symbol of the G20 summit in Hamburg

German G20 Presidency

Dec 1, 2016 | German Embassy Pretoria

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.''

Foreign Minister Steinmeier reflects on Germany’s OSCE Chairmanship in 2016

Jan 5, 2017 | FFO
As OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Steinmeier chaired the Ministerial Council

Germany’s OSCE Chairmanship in 2016: At the turn of the year, following twelve intensive months as Chairperson-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Foreign Minister Steinmeier passed the baton on to his Austrian colleague. At the end of Germany’s OSCE Chairmanship in 2016, Foreign Minister Steinmeier took a very personal look back over the year.

Agreement with the World Bank

Dec 2, 2016 | www.bundesregierung.de
Shortly before officially taking on the G20 Presidency, the Chancellor met with the World Bank president

During the G20 Presidency, Germany will work closely with the World Bank to tackle the effects of climate change. German Development Minister Gerd Müller and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim have signed an agreement to that effect. Germany contributes 105 million Euro to World Bank climate programmes.


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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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