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German Foreign Minister Heiko Mass delivered the following statement today marking 20 years since the attacks of 9/11:To...
09/10/2021

German Foreign Minister Heiko Mass delivered the following statement today marking 20 years since the attacks of 9/11:

Today, on the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, we grieve together with our American friends.

We mourn with those who lost friends and relatives that day and those who were seriously injured or traumatized. None of us will ever forget that fateful day.

Even now, 20 years later, we must not lose sight of the fact that September 11 was an attack not only against the United States, but against each and every one of us. The almost 3000 people who lost their lives that day came from 92 different countries; 11 of them were from Germany. The reality remains that lingering instability, extremism and terrorism, even in more distant parts of the world, will, at some point affect us all.

We need a critical reflection on much that has happened after September 11. Recent events in Afghanistan have been another very brutal reminder of this. We owe it to ourselves to be honest, but we also owe it to the many people who worked for years for Afghanistan’s development to be fair. Their commitment was and will always be important and valuable.

20 years later, we ask ourselves: what now? I am convinced that our answer must not be to reduce our wide range of activities for peace and security around the world – staying on the sidelines is the worst way of serving our interests and safeguarding our security.

Part of the answer must lie in the renewal of our alliances – and especially today in affirming our friendship and partnership with the United States of America.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Mass delivered the following statement today marking 20 years since the attacks of 9/11:

Today, on the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, we grieve together with our American friends.

We mourn with those who lost friends and relatives that day and those who were seriously injured or traumatized. None of us will ever forget that fateful day.

Even now, 20 years later, we must not lose sight of the fact that September 11 was an attack not only against the United States, but against each and every one of us. The almost 3000 people who lost their lives that day came from 92 different countries; 11 of them were from Germany. The reality remains that lingering instability, extremism and terrorism, even in more distant parts of the world, will, at some point affect us all.

We need a critical reflection on much that has happened after September 11. Recent events in Afghanistan have been another very brutal reminder of this. We owe it to ourselves to be honest, but we also owe it to the many people who worked for years for Afghanistan’s development to be fair. Their commitment was and will always be important and valuable.

20 years later, we ask ourselves: what now? I am convinced that our answer must not be to reduce our wide range of activities for peace and security around the world – staying on the sidelines is the worst way of serving our interests and safeguarding our security.

Part of the answer must lie in the renewal of our alliances – and especially today in affirming our friendship and partnership with the United States of America.

On September 14, 2001, the crew of the German ship Lütjens passed American ships USS Winston S. Churchill and USS Gonzal...
09/10/2021

On September 14, 2001, the crew of the German ship Lütjens passed American ships USS Winston S. Churchill and USS Gonzalez. All the Germans manned the rails. They flew an American flag at half-mast and held a sign which read, "We stand by you".

"There was not a dry eye on the bridge," wrote an American officer.

A moment of solidarity between allies and friends.

On September 14, 2001, the crew of the German ship Lütjens passed American ships USS Winston S. Churchill and USS Gonzalez. All the Germans manned the rails. They flew an American flag at half-mast and held a sign which read, "We stand by you".

"There was not a dry eye on the bridge," wrote an American officer.

A moment of solidarity between allies and friends.

Angela Merkel has served as Germany's Chancellor since 2005. She's chosen not to seek another term, and will step down a...
09/03/2021

Angela Merkel has served as Germany's Chancellor since 2005. She's chosen not to seek another term, and will step down after elections this month.

If you'd like to know how a free and fair general election in Germany works, this article is a great start:
https://www.dw.com/en/german-election-process/a-37805756

Chancellor Merkel joined @WHO Director Tedros in a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new "WHO Hub For Pandemic And Epidemi...
09/01/2021

Chancellor Merkel joined @WHO Director Tedros in a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new "WHO Hub For Pandemic And Epidemic Intelligence" in Berlin.

The new center places Berlin (and Germany) in a key role for global health. Data analyzed here will help identify the next pandemic early, and research in this area might even help prevent it. Whatever the ambitious outcome, it can only be achieved as a global community.

After the opening of the new center, Chancellor Merkel was awarded the WHO Global Leadership Award by Director Tedros. A great day for health and cooperation!

Chancellor Merkel joined @WHO Director Tedros in a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new "WHO Hub For Pandemic And Epidemic Intelligence" in Berlin.

The new center places Berlin (and Germany) in a key role for global health. Data analyzed here will help identify the next pandemic early, and research in this area might even help prevent it. Whatever the ambitious outcome, it can only be achieved as a global community.

After the opening of the new center, Chancellor Merkel was awarded the WHO Global Leadership Award by Director Tedros. A great day for health and cooperation!

More than 60% of the population in Germany has been fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Health professionals have been us...
08/31/2021
Berlin's COVID-19 jab on rails | DW | 30.08.2021

More than 60% of the population in Germany has been fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Health professionals have been using some creative methods to accomplish this, even including immunizing people on trains! https://www.dw.com/en/berlins-covid-19-jab-on-rails/av-59035839

In Germany, more than 60% of the population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, although the pace of vaccinations has slowed in recent weeks. In Berlin, authorities are literally inviting people to hop aboard the vaccine train.

German Foreign Minister Maas is visiting Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Qatar and Turkey in order to talk about furth...
08/30/2021

German Foreign Minister Maas is visiting Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Qatar and Turkey in order to talk about further exit routes from Afghanistan. He's also making clear that Germany’s engagement will continue after the Afghanistan evacuation.

Minister Maas expressed gratitude to many of the partners: "Some of the countries that I am travelling to today have played a considerable part in ensuring the success of our evacuation mission...I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude and to work to ensure that this international cooperation continues also in the critical phase that is beginning now."

German Foreign Minister Maas is visiting Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Qatar and Turkey in order to talk about further exit routes from Afghanistan. He's also making clear that Germany’s engagement will continue after the Afghanistan evacuation.

Minister Maas expressed gratitude to many of the partners: "Some of the countries that I am travelling to today have played a considerable part in ensuring the success of our evacuation mission...I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude and to work to ensure that this international cooperation continues also in the critical phase that is beginning now."

Young leaders interested in Germany: this is your chance to hone your skills through a fellowship programme under the pa...
08/28/2021
German Chancellor Fellowship

Young leaders interested in Germany: this is your chance to hone your skills through a fellowship programme under the patronage of the Federal Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Join a network of dedicated leaders, and spend one year in Germany!
https://www.humboldt-foundation.de/en/apply/sponsorship-programmes/german-chancellor-fellowship

This fellowship for prospective leaders brings you to Germany for one year to implement a project idea you have developed yourself. We will help you network with international future leaders here to find new answers to the global issues of our time.

Throughout this year, we've partnered with our French colleagues to conduct a series of cleanups to help our environment...
08/27/2021

Throughout this year, we've partnered with our French colleagues to conduct a series of cleanups to help our environment. But even in our own Embassies, we have a number of environmental initiatives to help protect our earth! Here are just a few:

🇩🇪 At the German Embassy, we...
1) Provide e-bikes for staff to borrow. Rather than jumping in a car to head to a meeting, our colleagues can choose to use an electric bike! 🚲
2) Offer a system to recycle heavy metal batteries, which may contain acid, lead, nickel, lithium, cadmium, alkaline, mercury and/or nickel metal hydride. Proper disposal insures that these chemicals do not leak into the environment.
3) Provide a water cooler that filters tap water on every floor to eliminate disposable bottles and cups!

🇫🇷 At the French Embassy, our friends...
1) Are recognized within our diplomatic network as a "Green Embassy," which means that they prioritize environmentally-friendly and conservation efforts.
2) The Green title is taken very seriously around here as they have both a green roof and a fruit and vegetable garden run by Amba'Salade, a group of dedicated agents and volunteers.
3) As mentioned earlier this week, they also have beehives to promote and protect buzz-worthy pollinators! 🐝🐝🐝

What are some of the things you do regularly #ForNature? Let us know in the comments below!
#EarthYear

French Embassy in the U.S.

Throughout this year, we've partnered with our French colleagues to conduct a series of cleanups to help our environment. But even in our own Embassies, we have a number of environmental initiatives to help protect our earth! Here are just a few:

🇩🇪 At the German Embassy, we...
1) Provide e-bikes for staff to borrow. Rather than jumping in a car to head to a meeting, our colleagues can choose to use an electric bike! 🚲
2) Offer a system to recycle heavy metal batteries, which may contain acid, lead, nickel, lithium, cadmium, alkaline, mercury and/or nickel metal hydride. Proper disposal insures that these chemicals do not leak into the environment.
3) Provide a water cooler that filters tap water on every floor to eliminate disposable bottles and cups!

🇫🇷 At the French Embassy, our friends...
1) Are recognized within our diplomatic network as a "Green Embassy," which means that they prioritize environmentally-friendly and conservation efforts.
2) The Green title is taken very seriously around here as they have both a green roof and a fruit and vegetable garden run by Amba'Salade, a group of dedicated agents and volunteers.
3) As mentioned earlier this week, they also have beehives to promote and protect buzz-worthy pollinators! 🐝🐝🐝

What are some of the things you do regularly #ForNature? Let us know in the comments below!
#EarthYear

French Embassy in the U.S.

The German company BioNTech is once again in the news as its COVID-19 vaccine developed with the U.S. company Pfizer bec...
08/25/2021

The German company BioNTech is once again in the news as its COVID-19 vaccine developed with the U.S. company Pfizer became the first vaccine to be granted full approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in people 16 and over. This success shows the strength of international cooperation as we work together to meet modern challenges.

The German company BioNTech is once again in the news as its COVID-19 vaccine developed with the U.S. company Pfizer became the first vaccine to be granted full approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in people 16 and over. This success shows the strength of international cooperation as we work together to meet modern challenges.

As of 9:00am Monday, August 23, 2021, the Bundeswehr has flown around 2700 persons out of Afghanistan. The conditions re...
08/25/2021

As of 9:00am Monday, August 23, 2021, the Bundeswehr has flown around 2700 persons out of Afghanistan. The conditions remain difficult and dangerous as Germany continues to work towards more evacuations.
https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/en/aussenpolitik/afghanistan/2477478

As of 9:00am Monday, August 23, 2021, the Bundeswehr has flown around 2700 persons out of Afghanistan. The conditions remain difficult and dangerous as Germany continues to work towards more evacuations.
https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/en/aussenpolitik/afghanistan/2477478

Berlin's Neue Nationalgalerie recently underwent a six year renovation and re-opened to the public over the weekend. The...
08/23/2021

Berlin's Neue Nationalgalerie recently underwent a six year renovation and re-opened to the public over the weekend. The building is known as the only post-World War II building in Germany by renowned German-born architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the last director of Bauhaus. Mies van der Rohe spent the final 31 years of his career in Chicago and designed only a few buildings outside of the United State during the latter half of his career. The Neue Nationalgalerie was his final project.

Berlin's Neue Nationalgalerie recently underwent a six year renovation and re-opened to the public over the weekend. The building is known as the only post-World War II building in Germany by renowned German-born architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the last director of Bauhaus. Mies van der Rohe spent the final 31 years of his career in Chicago and designed only a few buildings outside of the United State during the latter half of his career. The Neue Nationalgalerie was his final project.

One truckload per minute. That's how much plastic waste ends up in our oceans, according to experts. This has dramatic c...
08/20/2021

One truckload per minute. That's how much plastic waste ends up in our oceans, according to experts. This has dramatic consequences for biodiversity. Fish and birds are dying. Germany has initiated measures to reduce its own plastic waste, it supports an EU-wide ban on single-use products and is committed to stopping marine litter. Our goal for the UN Biodiversity Conference #COP15 is to act decisively to protect nature and biodiversity worldwide. #ConserveBiodiversity

One truckload per minute. That's how much plastic waste ends up in our oceans, according to experts. This has dramatic consequences for biodiversity. Fish and birds are dying. Germany has initiated measures to reduce its own plastic waste, it supports an EU-wide ban on single-use products and is committed to stopping marine litter. Our goal for the UN Biodiversity Conference #COP15 is to act decisively to protect nature and biodiversity worldwide. #ConserveBiodiversity

08/19/2021
Biodiversity

Biodiversity needs our protection. Germany is engaged in conservation worldwide.
#ConserveBiodiversity

Their forefathers fled Germany in our country's worst moment. Yesterday, Ambassador Haber presided over a naturalization...
08/14/2021

Their forefathers fled Germany in our country's worst moment. Yesterday, Ambassador Haber presided over a naturalization ceremony of the descendants. The function took place at the Ambassador's Residence with a small group of honored guests.

Ambassador Haber posted her thoughts earlier on the event. It was, she said, "solemn, honoring - with a few smiles too. I am thankful for those who use their right to obtain German citizenship."

Construction of the Berlin Wall began #OnThisDay 60 years ago. Berliners awoke to barbed wire, torn roads and blocked tr...
08/13/2021

Construction of the Berlin Wall began #OnThisDay 60 years ago. Berliners awoke to barbed wire, torn roads and blocked transport. It was torn down 28 years later by ordinary Germans.

As Ambassador Haber put is this morning: "Democracry prevails! With support of Western democratic allies led by the US, the people of Germany brought down the Wall and initiated the path to reunification."

We're reflecting on those shared democratic values that brought the fall of the Wall, values that equip us to look back with pride at how far we've come - to face the challenges of today.

Did you know the famous painting “Washington Crossing the Delaware” was painted in Germany? Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze was ...
08/12/2021

Did you know the famous painting “Washington Crossing the Delaware” was painted in Germany? Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze was born in Southern Germany, grew up in the US, then returned to Germany in 1841 for art school.

The original painting was destroyed (damaged in a fire, and separately, destroyed in World War II bombing), but versions survive. One of the alternative versions resides in the The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Did you know the famous painting “Washington Crossing the Delaware” was painted in Germany? Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze was born in Southern Germany, grew up in the US, then returned to Germany in 1841 for art school.

The original painting was destroyed (damaged in a fire, and separately, destroyed in World War II bombing), but versions survive. One of the alternative versions resides in the The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

A Schultüte ("school cone") is an elaborately decorated cone filled with goodies that is given to German students on the...
08/09/2021

A Schultüte ("school cone") is an elaborately decorated cone filled with goodies that is given to German students on their first day of first grade. These bundles of gifts evoke excitement in students during one of the most important days of their childhood – the day that school begins. Receiving a Schultüte is often a highlight of a First Grader’s childhood.

The tradition is over 200 years old and originates from Jena, Dresden, and Leipzig. Back then, parents brought the Schultüten directly to the schools, where they were hung on a so-called Schultütenbaum (“school cone tree”) in the classroom. When the tree was “ripe” with school cones, it meant that students were ready to begin first grade. On the first day of school, students were instructed to pick the cone with their name on it. To their surprise, the cones were usually filled with edible treats such as pretzels and candy.

Ever received or given one?
#BacktoSchool2021

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