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November 2, 2022 View online

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The reconstruction of Ukraine was a focal point at an international expert conference in Berlin last week, hosted by the German G7 Presidency and the EU Commission. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said that the goal is a new ‘Marshall plan’ for a prosperous Ukraine, and that reconstruction is a “task for generations that must begin now.” “Ukraine is not alone in this war” and “it can rely on the support of the international community,” Scholz added. To date, the G7 states have raised over 35 billion euros in emergency aid for Ukraine.

Meanwhile, President Frank-Walter Steinmeier gave a keynote speech in Berlin last week in which he prepared the nation for more difficult times, while also reminding Germany of its strengths. Russia’s war of aggression will lead to rougher years ahead, he said. At the same time, Germany has acquired many strengths in recent years. “We must become capable of dealing with conflict, both internal and externally. We need the will for self-assertion and the strength for self-restraint,” he said. 


The "Germany for Americans" Team


President Steinmeier: Building on our own strengths

In a keynote speech in Berlin, the federal president has prepared Germany for more difficult times, while at the same time reminding the country of its own strengths.

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Further sanctions against Iran

In response to the Iranian authorities’ crackdown on the protest movement there, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock wants to further restrict relations.

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Meeting of G7 foreign ministers in Germany

The foreign ministers of the G7 countries are gathering in Münster. The meeting will focus on the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine.

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G7 and EU launch work on new ‘Marshall Plan’ for Ukraine


The seven economically strong democracies and the European Union have launched a plan for the reconstruction of Ukraine.

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Art in exile

The Goethe-Institut is supporting artists from countries where it is no longer able to work. Ukrainian art is the first step.

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“We must be better prepared for future pandemics”

At the opening of the World Health Summit, Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz stressed the importance of networking and cooperation across national borders, as well as between the academic sector, politics and society. 

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Stumbling Stones: Holocaust memorial creator turns 75

Gunter Deming has laid down almost 95,000 brass-plated stumbling stones in 31 countries so that the victims of the Holocaust are never forgotten.

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Massive expansion of charging network for electric cars

Courtesy of a “master plan” worth billions of euros, the German government wants to ensure that millions of new charging stations for electric cars are built in the coming years.

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COP27 – everything you need to know

The UN Climate Change Conference is taking place in Egypt – we present all the key facts about how countries are fighting climate change.

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Germany to introduce €49 travel ticket, one-off gas payment

Federal and state leaders have approved the implementation of a €49 travel ticket and price brakes on gas and electricity, to help ease the burden on consumers.

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German Embassy hosts German American Partnership Program students for 50th anniversary celebration

Organizing a German American Partnership Program (GAPP) exchange is never easy, but always rewarding - just ask the generations of German and American GAPP teacher-organizers, and 400,000 student participants, since 1972!

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"Jugend debattiert" popularizes debate in secondary schools

Germany’s most prominent youth debate competition "Jugend debattiert" has bolstered both education and democracy since being launched in 2001. What began as a national competition in Germany has since expanded with a global component Jugend debattiert weltweit—which is part of the Federal Republic of Germany's foreign education and cultural policy. Today, secondary schools from over 130 different countries worldwide participate, including the USA since 2019. The German Embassy Washington was proud to host the 2022 finals for the North America region.

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10 beautiful places to visit in Germany during autumn

Autumn is a great time of year for nature photography and excursions. Here are some of the best places to visit in Germany during fall.

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