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German Foreign Minister visits Maghreb Countries
Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier's four-day visit to North Africa from January 22-25
January 26th, 2015

Foreign Minister Steinmeier has been on a four-day tour in North Africa, focused on boosting bilateral relations with the Maghreb countries. The first stop on his trip was to Marrakesh, Morocco. He then continued to Tunisia and Algeria. He travelled with cultural and business delegates from Germany with an outlook… (more)
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Foreign Minister to Meet with Latvian Counterpart
On Monday January 26th, 2015 German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier will meet with his Latvian counterpart, Edgars Rinkēvičs
January 23rd, 2015

Frank-Walter Steinmeier and the Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs will meet on Monday January 26th, 2015 at the German Foreign Office. The focus point of the talks will be the… (more)
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Progress Made in Ukraine Talks
At a meeting yesterday between the Foreign Ministers of Germany, Ukraine, Russia and France, progress was made regarding the crisis in the Ukraine
January 22nd, 2015

The Foreign Ministers decided yesterday that all heavy weapons are to be removed from the boundary line between the Ukraine and Russia. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier also noted that… (more)

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International Holocaust Day Commemorated with Event: “My Auschwitz” Book Launch
Coming up to the time of the year that marks “International Holocaust Day”, events have been taking place in Berlin to commemorate victims of this unspeakably terrible tragedy.
January 26th, 2015

This International Day of Commemoration will be marked by a number of national and international events. Among some of the most notable events in Berlin, Minister Władysław Bartoszewski delivered the presentation of the German edition of his book "Mój Auschwitz" (or “My Auschwitz”), on a date 70 years after the… (more)
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Closing Night of Swedish Advertising Exhibition at the Nordic Embassies
A night focused on the work of Roy Andersson: advertising films
January 23rd, 2015

On January 22nd, the ‘More than Advertising – Sweden Communicate’ exhibition was brought to a close with a movie night concentrating on the work of Roy Andersson. The exhibition came… (more)
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Philippine Embassy Remembers Jose Rizal’s Berlin Sojourn
A wreath was laid to commemorate Jose Rizal’s 118th death anniversary at his former residence in Jägerstraße
January 21st, 2015

Officials from the Philippine Embassy along with members of the Berlin-Brandenburg Chapter of the Order of the Knights of Rizal and the Ladies of Rizal laid a wreath at 71… (more)

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“The Role of Higher Education Institutes as Vehicles of Cultural Diplomacy, and the Case Study of Cyprus” By Prof. Dr. Nicos Peristianis
A lecture delivered at the ICD House by Professor Doctor Nicos Peristianis, the President of the Council of the University of Nicosia on January 26th, 2015.
January 26th, 2015

On Monday, January 26th the ICD House warmly welcomed a special guest lecture on the subject of “The Role of Higher Education Institutes as Vehicles of Cultural Diplomacy, and the Case Study of Cyprus” as delivered by Professor Doctor Nicos Peristianis at 16:30pm. (more)

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Munich or Berlin?
What is the best place for young entrepreneurs to pursue a start-up?
January 22nd, 2015

Berlin is generally considered the best place for the German start-up scene.  Nowhere else in Germany can you find as many young entrepreneurs. New statistics show however, that Munich is gaining on Berlin’s territory. Start-ups in the area of technology are becoming extremely popular in Munich. So which city is… (more)
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Berlin- the ‘Silicon Allee’
Berlin is becoming the Silicon Valley of Europe’s high-tech industry
January 22nd, 2015

Berlin is the place to be right now in Europe for everyone with a good idea for a start-up company. The relatively low rents for offices and affordable cost of… (more)
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Merkel Attends Davos Summit
The World Economic Forum’s five-day annual jamboree of the global elite begins in Davos, Switzerland on 21st January.
January 21st, 2015

“The New Global Context” is the motto of the 45th World Economic Forum from January 21st to 24th. About 2,500 participants will be attending the meeting in the Swiss Alps,… (more)

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OSCE Expectations are Growing
Gernot Erler, Special Representative of the Federal Government for the OSCE Chairmanship in 2016, speaks about the OSCE’s role in the Ukraine
January 22nd, 2015

Mr Erler spoke to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung about the role the OSCE has to play in the Ukraine conflict. Mr Erler said that the OSCE has proved just how essential it is in the last few months of recent Ukraine conflict.  Mr Erler said in particular that the OSCE will be extremely helpful in re-establishing trust between the East and West. (more)
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“What Matters to People”
The Second International German Forum was held on January 19th and 20th and offered a platform for dialogue on innovation and society
January 21st, 2015

On January 19th, the Second International German Forum opened with the motto: "What matters to people – innovation and society". Chancellor Angela Merkel and 120 German and international experts from… (more)
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Foreign Office Releases Statement on Indonesian Executions
A speaker for the German foreign office released a statement commenting on the execution of 6 convicted drug traffickers in Indonesia
January 21st, 2015

Six convicted drug traffickers were recently executed by firing squad in Indonesia after last-minute international pleas for clemency were denied.  The new Indonesian President Joko Widodo has taken a hard… (more)

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