Right now, people all over Germany are celebrating Carnival. It is the fifth or foolish season ('die naerrische Zeit'), which is a time of elaborate parades, masks, balls and official madness.
Germany is supporting the recovery in West Africa following the Ebola epidemic. Strengthening health systems and supporting economic and social recovery in the region hit by Ebola were topics on the agenda for the visit that Thomas Silberhorn, Parliamentary State Secretary to the German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, made to Guinea and Sierra Leone in early February.
Germany is supporting the recovery after Ebola
On January 28, Minister of State Maria Böhmer again met the female Ambassadors from Africa in Berlin to discuss topical foreign policy issues. The get-together at Villa Borsig initially focused on the growing threat posed by terrorist organisations such as the Islamic State, Boko Haram and Al Shabab, as well as flight and migration, the role of women in foreign relations and their greater involvement in conflict and crisis prevention.
Minister of State Böhmer meets female African Ambassadors
Incredible performances by their African players let Dortmund and Bremen progress into the semis of the German DFB Cup competition. Dortmund’s Gabonese forward Aubameyang scored one and assisted another goal, while a strong defensive performance saw Bremen’s Senegalese Djilobodji being man of the match.
German DFB Cup
Since its première 53 years ago, the Munich Security Conference has been – not only, but also – an important place for background discussions. Presidents, government ministers, state secretaries and generals appreciate such an opportunity to hold unofficial bilateral talks in the exclusive Bayerischer Hof hotel; not infrequently, the panellists are parties in a conflict who would otherwise find it hard to make contact. The Munich Security Conference takes place from February 12 - 14, 2016.
The 53rd Munich Security Conference
South African Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan and German Ambassador Walter Lindner signed two agreements worth 78 million Euro for development cooperation between South Africa and Germany. About half of the allocated sum will be used to develop green energy in South Africa.
78 million Euro for development cooperation in South Africa