Civilians flee from IS controlled areas of Mosul

Mosul: Planning for the Humanitarian Challenge

It is important to plan for the period after the operation to liberate Mosul, Foreign Minister Steinmeier said. Germany is the largest humanitarian donor in Iraq, and in light of the developments in Mosul has already earmarked 10 million euros for United Nations humanitarian programs and 25 million for the World Food Programme.

Frankfurt Book Fair

Virtual Reality Brings Literature to Life at Frankfurt Book Fair

The Frankfurt Book Fair began Wednesday, showcasing not only the best of publishing from 2016, but also the newest technology to hit the literary world. The annual five-day fair is the world’s largest trade fair for books and dates back over 500 years, after the invention of the Gutenberg printing press in Mainz.

App 'Ankommen' for refugees in Germany

App for Refugees Named Startup of the Year

The Ankommen App, a joint venture between the Federal Ministry for Migration and Refugees, Federal Employment Office, the Goethe Institut and Bayerische Rundfunk, was created in January of 2016 with the aim to help orient new migrants to Germany during their initial few weeks in the country.

Fewer Asylum Seekers, Faster Processing of Applications

Press conference on asylum statistics

Germany has seen a trend shift in the influx of refugees in 2016, Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière said Wednesday in Berlin. In the first nine months of 2016, 213,000 asylum seekers entered Germany, down from about 577,000 in the same time period in 2015.

Fewer Asylum Seekers

Bundeswehr to Step Up Fight Against ISIL

NATO AWACS airplane

The Bundeswehr will continue and extend its mission to counter the ISIL terrorist organization: German military personnel will begin to monitor Syrian airspace from NATO AWACS (Airborne Early Warning and Control System) reconnaissance planes.

Fight Against ISIL

National Gallery of Art "Photography Reinvented" Exhibition Features Düsseldorf School Artists

Thomas Struth, "Alte Pinakothek, Self-Portrait, Munich 2000", 2000, chromogenic print

The story of the National Gallery of Art’s stunning “Photography Reinvented” exhibition, now on view in the recently reopened East Building, begins in Munich at the Pinakothek der Moderne. It was there that Rheda Becker first encountered a captivating self-portrait by German art photographer Thomas Struth.

"Photography Reinvented"

Celebrating Launch of Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs

Kissinger Center at John Hopkins University

The new Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs was launched at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. Secretary Kissinger and former New York Mayor Bloomberg were joined by Germany’s Coordinator of Transatlantic Cooperation and Bundestag Member Jürgen Hardt for the celebrations.

Launch of Kissinger Center

World's Largest Pumpkin Festival Displays Over 450,000 Pumpkins in Ludwigsburg

Kürbisausstellung Ludwigsburg

The Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival is the largest in the world. With sculptures made entirely of pumpkins, pumpkin boat races and an annual search for the heaviest pumpkin, this German festival is a unique sight to see.

Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival

#HereIStand: 500 Years of Reformation Marked by Exhibitions, in Museums, Online, (Anywhere!) in USA

Here I Stand

To commemorate the 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation in October 2017, a consortium of German cultural institutions, backed by the German government, is taking a page from Luther’s playbook. The #HereIStand initiative employs cutting-edge media, transcending the digital/physical divide to engage, inspire, and spur reflection.


Germany’s OSCE Chairmanship in 2016

Chairperson-in-Office Foreign Minister Steinmeier

Among the focuses of Germany's chairmanship of the OSCE in 2016 is continued crisis and conflict management in and around Ukraine and in the other unresolved conflicts in the OSCE area.

OSCE Chairmanship

Word of the Week: Rabenmutter


Is your mother a Rabenmutter ("raven mother")? Let's hope not! A Rabenmutter is known to neglect or abandon her children.

Word of the Week


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