Brandenburg Gate, symbol of German Unity

Celebrating German Unity on October 3

Each year on October 3, Germany marks the day in 1990 when East and West Germany became one Federal Republic of Germany. The peaceful unification of Germany after decades of division would not have been possible without the steadfast support of our American friends.

Search and rescue in Aleppo

Ongoing Fighting in Aleppo is Barbarism

It is clearly up to the Assad regime and Russia to improve the chances for a ceasefire and for a humanitarian provision, Chancellor Merkel said on Tuesday in Berlin.

Trainee in production technology

Wall Street Journal Article Highlights Effort to Bring German Skills Training Model to US

Some companies in America that are finding it difficult to hire and retain qualified industrial workers are looking to the German skills training model for inspiration, according to a recent Wall Street Journal article.

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The German Embassy Washington and the Legal and Consular Department will be closed on Monday, October 3, in observance of the Day of German Unity.

Remembering Israeli Statesman Shimon Peres

Shimon Peres, 1923 - 2016

Shimon Peres worked with all his might for the security, the freedom and the development of the State of Israel, Chancellor Merkel said. His vision for a stable peace in the Middle East was instrumental in negotiating the Oslo Peace Accords.

Shimon Peres

Telephone Call Between Foreign Minister Steinmeier and Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov on the Situation in Syria

Foreign Minister Steinmeier

Steinmeier urged Moscow and Washington to now continue their talks in Geneva in order to reach an agreement that would at least bring about a temporary ceasefire and finally make it possible to deliver humanitarian aid.

Steinmeier and Lavrov Talk

World's First Hydrogen-Powered Passenger Train Comes to Germany

hydrorail

The world's first hydrogen-powered passenger train will operate in Germany starting next year. The zero-emissions train is an environmentally friendly alternative to diesel trains.

Photokina Trade Fair

Living the Language At Waldsee Language Village

Waldsee Language Camp

Located in the town of Bemidji in northern Minnesota, Waldsee provides day, one-, two-, or four week sessions for language learners of all levels that take place in what looks to be a typical Bavarian town. The camp promotes the concept of “living the language” and moving away from the traditional school setting to appeal to non-traditional learners.

Waldsee Language Village

Photokina: World's Largest Imaging Trade Fair Takes Place in Cologne

Photokina

The world's largest imaging trade fair - Photokina - took place in Cologne this month, bringing in over 191,000 photography enthusiasts from around the world. The fair showcased new technology in the field of photography.

Photokina Trade Fair

Potential Bayer-Monsanto Merger Would Create New Giant

Bayer Headquarters

German pharmaceutical and chemical company Bayer announced on Wednesday that it has agreed to pay $66 billion for fellow leading farm supplier and seed company Monsanto.

Potential Meger of Agricultural Giants

Decline Of Immigrant-Related Crime In Germany

Progression of Asylum Applications

In regards to crime, the number of cases of immigrants to Germany committing crimes has fallen by 36% and cases of crimes between immigrants has also fallen by 22%.  Most of the crimes were related to petty theft and forgery. In comparison to other immigrant populations, those from Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq had proportionally lower crime rates.

Decline Of Immigrant-Related Crime In Germany

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: Gießkannenprinzip

Giesskannenprinzip

Germans have a word for everything! The term Gießkannenprinzip means "watering can principle". Like a watering can distributes water evenly, the Gießkannenprinzip describes sitations where something (often money) is distributed evenly, regardless of the situation.

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