When it gets dark early in the afternoon and windy and cold outside, it means that Christmas can’t be far away. The weeks before Christmas, Germans celebrate Advent, with candles, caroling and lots and lots of freshly baked holiday cookies and cakes such as Stollen from Dresden, Gingerbread from Nuremberg and cinnamon stars. Fill your own home with the warm smell of cinnamon, vanilla, cloves and other traditional Christmas spices.
Christmas baking recipes
On December 18, the German and Ugnadan government have signed a second financial cooperation agreement which formalizes the results of the bilateral government negotiations of 2013, where it was decided that Germany will provide Uganda with around 160 million Euro (about 520 billion Uganda Shilling) for various projects within the period of 2013 to 2015.
Financial cooperation agreement with Uganda
The international conference on genocide and mass atrocities has concluded this week in Nuremberg, Germany, with calls on the UN Security Council (UNSC) to engage more regional organisations in Africa and Middle East with hope of strengthening member states to protect its population from mass violence. The conference included a four-day media training workshop and a two-day high level panel debate with media representatives from Syria, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Rwanda, Lebanon, Libya, Germany, Serbia, Cambodia and Kosovo.
Conference on genocide and mass atrocities
Germany has contributed 110 million Euro to the renewed European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership programme (EDCTP) in Cape Town. The programme fights against neglected and poverty-related infectious diseases in sub-Saharan Africa. Total funding amounts to more than 1.9 billion Euro.
Germany supports EDCTP: A ground-breaking programme
A new radio astronomical receiver project of the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy has received funding of 11 million Euro from the Max Planck Society. The MeerKAT observatory, currently under construction in South Africa, has been chosen as a host for this receiver system. It will be the most sensitive observatory of the southern hemisphere in the centimetre wavelength regime.
New receiver for MeerKAT telescope in South Africa
Dirk Nowitzki is not only the highest paid German sportsman and the best basketball player that Germany has ever had; he has also already become a legend in the course of his sporting career. During his 16th season in the National Basketball Association (NBA), the US league that is considered the best in the world, the talented player joined an illustrious elite group in his sport.
Basketball star Dirk Nowitzki
Nuremberg’s Christkindlmarkt and the Striezelmarkt in Dresden are the big names on the Christmas market scene, but there are many other Christmas markets in Germany that are well worth a visit.
Christmas markets – and not just the classics