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Federal Government increased winter relief in northern Iraq
Commissioner for Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid, Christoph Strässer´s visit to Northern Iraq
December 19th, 2014

Christoph Strässer on the 13th and 14th of December 2014 travelled to  Iraq to discuss and make aid arrangements for refugees in Northern Iraq this winter.  He highlighted that, the German Federal Government´s aim is to increase monetary aid to a further €5m thus contributing to support for the UNHCR.… (more)
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Foreign Minister Steinmeier Commemorates End of WWI
Speech by Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier at the “Europäische Erinnerungskulturen” (European Commemoration) conference in the Weltsaal at the Federal Foreign Office
December 19th, 2014

On the 17th of December Steinmeier, the German Foreign Minister performed a speech at the Weltsaal at the Federal Foreign Office to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the… (more)
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Steinmeier Honors the Work of Volunteers
Speech by Foreign Minister Steinmeier on International Migrants Day in honor of volunteers who work with refugees
December 19th, 2014

On December 19th, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, gave a speech at the Federal Foreign Office on the occasion of International Migrants Day. Mr. Steinmeier wanted to thank the volunteers… (more)

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Australian Photography Exhibition
Art Place Berlin is presenting an exhibition of photograph by Wayne Quilliam on Aboriginal cultural
December 19th, 2014

Wayne Quilliam is one of Australia's most respected Aboriginal photographers with unique expertise in contemporary visualisation of habitat and culture of the indigenous people of Australia.  His exhibition at Art Place Berlin shows 46 images and provides insight into the lives of the oldest living cultural on earth. (more)
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Supporting Academic Research in South Africa
A press conference held at the Embassy of South Africa in Berlin for the promotion of research in the African continent
December 19th, 2014

On December 17th, an initiative for the promotion of research in Africa has been launched at a press conference organized by the South African Embassy in Berlin. The Gerda Henkel… (more)
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Ecuadorian Ambassador Holds Lecture on Latin American Integration
In Berlin, the Ecuadorian Ambassador to Germany held a lecture to discuss Latin American Integration in relation to the European Union (EU).
December 18th, 2014

Jorge Jurado, the Ambassador of Ecuador in Germany held a lecture on December 16th, 2014 at the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA) in Berlin on Latin American… (more)

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Federal President Opens up New Documenta Room
New room opened at the Bundesrat dedicated to arts and culture
December 24th, 2014

On Friday, the Federal President Volker Bouffier opened up the new documenta room in the Bundesrat, together with the Managing Director Annette Kulenkampff and the State Minister Lucia Puttrich. (more)

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Germany to Aid Tunisia’s Education Modernization
Tunisia to modernise the educational system with the financial help of Germany.
December 24th, 2014

On December 19th, 2014, Tunisian officials signed an official loan agreement with German officials on the premise of enablement of borrowing 45 million euros (US $55 million). The money will go towards “modernizing” more than three hundred of Tunisian educational institutions. (more)
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Bundesrat (Federal Council) Last Meeting of the Year 2014
In the last plenary meeting of the year, the Federal Council approved 17 laws
December 23rd, 2014

A report from officials at the Federal Council state that in this last meeting of the year on Friday December 19th 2014, the Federal Council concluded parliamentary procedure by making… (more)
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Institute for Cultural Diplomacy “Career and Employability” Day
December 19th gave ICD students and interns the opportunity to attend an official “Career Day”.
December 22nd, 2014

The extensive programme of the day saw the attendance of some impressive institutions. The invaluable experience allowed the audience to receive talks and lectures centering on career advice. (more)

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Merkel Outlines Ukraine Policy
German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, explained yesterday in Parliament that Germany’s goal is to have a sovereign and territorially inviolate Ukraine.
December 22nd, 2014

Chancellor Merkel said that crucial to resolving the Ukraine crisis is the full implementation of the Minsk agreement.  Germany’s goal is to ensure the implementation of this agreement to protect Ukraine’s sovereignty. (more)
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Syria Response Plan and the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (2015 - 2016)
Frank-Walter Steinmeier opening address at the launch in Berlin on December 18th
December 19th, 2014

Today, December 18th, was the launch of the Syria Strategic Response Plan (SRP) 2015 and the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) 2015-2016. The Syria Crisis is the largest political,… (more)
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Foreign Minister Steinmeier Comments on Cuban-US Relations
German Foreign Minister, Walter Steinmeier, released a statement today following the announcement of an overhaul of the United States relationship with Cuba.
December 19th, 2014

The relationship between Cuba and the United States of America is being shifted in a new direction.  Yesterday evening, Foreign Minister Steinmeier released a statement commenting on this new foreign… (more)

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