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Chancellor Merkel presents results of summit at the closing press conference

Jul 10, 2017 | www.bundesregierung.de
Leaders attending the Group of 20 summit and their spouses  in Hamburg

Chancellor Angela Merkel is satisfied with the outcome of the G20 summit. In the field of trade, she reported at the close of the summit in Hamburg on July 8, agreement was reached that markets must be kept open. The major industrialised states and emerging economies also agreed to fight protectionism and unfair trade restrictions.

G20: Summit in Hamburg hosted by Germany

Jul 7, 2017 | FFO
Logo of Germany’s G20 Presidency

Germany is hosting a summit on July 7 - 8 in Hamburg for the Heads of State and Government of the major industrialised nations and G20 emerging economies. The motto of this year’s Summit is: building resilience, improving sustainability and assuming responsibility. During the Summit, a dinner for the G20 Foreign Ministers will also be held.

On the death of Helmut Kohl

Jun 19, 2017 | www.bundesregierung.de
Helmut Kohl

Following the passing away of former German Chancellor Dr. Helmut Kohl, members of the public and officials are invited to sign a condolence book at the German Embassy Pretoria, 201 Florence Ribeiro Avenue, Groenkloof, Pretoria on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 09h00 - 16h00 and Thursday, June 22, 2017, 09h00 - 16h00. In Cape Town a condolence book is available at the General Consulate (5th Floor, 4 Stirling Street, Zonnebloem) on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 09h00-16h00, Thursday, June 22, 2017 09h00-16h00 and Friday, June 23, 2017 09h00 - 12h00.

“Building bridges between Europe and Africa”

Jun 14, 2017 | FFO
Foreign Minister Gabriel and BAP frontman Niedecken

Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel and Wolfgang Niedecken, frontman of the Cologne rock band BAP jointly wrote an opion piece. Niedecken was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany for his charity work, the focus of which is Africa. On June 12, Niedecken and Kenyan musician Eric Wainaina performed at the German Foreign Office.

Focus on Africa – G20 Africa Conference in Berlin

Jun 13, 2017 | FFO
German Chancellor Merkel with African representatives in Berlin

“Africa has a very high profile in Berlin at the moment,” said Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel. On June 12, German Chancellor Angela Merkel received representatives of African countries at the G20 Africa Partnership conference.


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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

Frank-Walter Steinmeier welcomes Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on his arrival at the German Foreign Office

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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