Bert Koenders, Foreign Minister of the Netherlands, and his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier outline why the combined efforts of their two countries for the reconstruction process in Mali are so important. Published in the “Rheinische Post” newspaper on April 21.
Germany, Netherlands combine efforts for Mali
Ruprecht Polenz was a CDU Member of the Bundestag for 19 years and long-time Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, who returned from retirement to politics. As Special Envoy for German-Namibian Relations, Ruprecht Polenz is conducting the negotiations to reach a common understanding of German colonial history in Namibia.
“We would like to develop a
common culture of remembrance”
2015 saw an unprecedented peak in migration to Germany. According to the official statistics of the German government a total of 476,649 asylum applications were submitted. This is 135 percent more than in the previous year. The majority of asylum seekers came from Syria, 34 percent of the applications. Here an overview on #RumoursAboutGermany.
Asylum in Germany
In the “Station” at Berlin’s Gleisdreieck young participants discuss about foreign cultures and living together in a spirit of tolerance. This workshop is one of more than 20 that are on offer on the third and last day of the major education forum “Moving People – Forum on cultural relations and education policy” organized by the German Foreign Office from 13-15 April 2016 in Berlin.
Knowledge promotes tolerance, respect
US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have jointly opened Hannover Messe on April 24. “Obama’s participation sends a special signal about Hannover Messe’s international appeal”, says Jochen Köckler, member of the managing board at Deutsche Messe AG. “In the midst of its reindustrialization, the USA has become a very attractive business partner for industry.”
Hannover Messe 2016
Foreign Minister Frank‑Walter Steinmeier and his French colleague Jean‑Marc Ayrault made a surprise visit to the Libyan capital Tripoli on April 16. The two ministers assured the new Government of National Accord under Prime Minister Fayez Mustafa al‑Sarraj of the support of the international community and handed over aid supplies.
German and French Foreign Ministers travel to Libya
Naledi Pandor, South Africa’s Minister of Science and Technology, was awarded with the Grand Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany at the residence of the German Ambassador in Pretoria on April 22, 2016. On behalf of the German President, Ambassador Walter Lindner presented the Order to Minister Pandor in front of over 100 high-level guests.
SA Minister Naledi Pandor awarded with Germany’s Grand Cross of Merit