Bi-lateral relations, business, climate and other news from Germany and the Embassy
January 4, 2022 View online
GERMANY FOR AMERICANS

Dear Readers,

Welcome to the new year! As German Chancellor Scholz said in his New Year’s address, a difficult year has come to an end. But as a result of Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine, the EU and NATO are more united than they have been for a long time. 2022 is characterized by cohesion, strength and optimism, Scholz said.

As the year began, Germany passed the G7 Presidency to Japan. Meanwhile, Sweden took the Presidency of the European Council and plans to continue building a strong and capable European Union. Germany will be leading NATO’s Very High Readiness Joint Task Force in 2023, “as we continue to prioritize our unshaking commitment to NATO” Ambassador Haber tweeted.  

This year, Germany will continue to support Ukraine while also continuing to push for definitive action on climate. Germany also ended its dependence on Russian energy and received its first standard shipment of liquefied national gas to one of its new terminals in the North Sea this week.

“Let’s continue with courage and confidence along the path we have set out on,” Scholz said. “May this year be a good one for you all!”

Yours,

The "Germany for Americans" Team

US-GERMAN RELATIONS

Chancellor Scholz encourages optimism

New Year's speech: For Germany and Europe "a difficult year is coming to an end".

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What’s important as 2023 gets underway

Although the new year is a time of new beginnings, it’s just as important to keep up the good work we’ve been doing up through the end of 2022. Read on to find out what’s at the top of the Foreign Office's agenda as 2023 gets underway.

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Attractive country for immigration

In 2023 it will become even easier for skilled workers to come to Germany. To this end the Federal Government is planning a new law.

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Germany focuses on close cooperation with Brazil

Federal President Steinmeier meets Brazil’s new President Lula. Germany is to provide 35 million euros for the Amazon Fund to protect the rainforest.

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German companies donate 2,300 items of technical equipment

Ministers Habeck and Özdemir thank companies for their support of Ukraine

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ECONOMICS & CLIMATE

First LNG tanker arrives at Germany's new floating terminal

Germany has received its first standard shipment of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to one of its newly built terminals on the North Sea.

One rail ticket for all cities

Beginning in April 2023, the Deutschlandticket for regional bus and rail services is to be offered for 49 euros per month.

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Reducing energy prices, securing gas supply

The EU Energy Council has agreed on a package of measures for ensuring reliable and affordable gas supply and speeding up expansion of renewable energy sources. Planning provides for a gas price cap, pooled gas purchases and acceleration of climate-friendly energy projects.

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EMBASSY NEWS

YouTube star "Feli from Germany" tells the story of German heritage in Washington, D.C. 

The German Embassy sponsored a video by famous YouTuber "Feli from Germany", who visited Washington, DC recently to tell the story of the city's German heritage! Watch her video to learn about the role Germans played in constructing the US Capitol building, how a German military officer saved the American army during the Revolutionary War and how German immigrants were involved in the death of President Abraham Lincoln. So grab a cup of tea, sit back, and listen - we promise you'll learn a lot!
 
ON A LIGHTER NOTE

Mavericks unveil statue of franchise legend Dirk Nowitzki

German basketball star Dirk Nowitzki received a special honor on Christmas. A statue of the player was unveiled in Dallas, steps away from "Nowitzki Way," the street named after him a few years ago. The statue depicts his shot known as "The Dirk".

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