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August 2, 2023 View online

Dear Readers,

Last week, Germany’s Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock announced increased efforts to enable grain exports from Ukraine. “Hundreds of thousands of people, not to say millions, urgently need the grain from Ukraine,” Baerbock said. “We’re working with all our partners internationally to ensure that the grain in Ukraine is not left to rot in silos over the coming weeks but gets to the people of the world who desperately need it.” While President Putin cynically weaponizes hunger, Germany and its partners will work to ensure grain gets where it should go.


Meanwhile, Western military support for Ukraine continues. In addition to arms deliveries, a Leopard tank repair center in Poland has been completed and put into operation. In April, German Defence Minister Boris Pistorius and Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak conceived of the idea for a place to repair Leopard battle tanks from Germany and Poland that are being deployed by Ukraine in the fight against Russia’s aggression. Defense Minister Pistorius said the tanks would "make a decisive contribution" on the frontline.


German leadership doesn’t stop at defense. Vice Chancellor Habeck, Special Envoy for International Climate Action Jennifer Morgan, and Environment Minister Steffi Lemke all called for bold action to fight climate change this week.


And in other news, Andreas Michaelis is Germany's new Ambassador to the United States. See his greeting to Americans below.


Finally, soccer fans at the German Embassy have enjoyed the first matches of the 2023 Women's World Cup. Both the US and German women have won a game. We wish both teams luck as they progress.



The “Germany for Americans” team



Germany stands up for Ukrainian grain exports

Germany’s Foreign Minister Baerbock announces increased efforts to enable grain exports. The EU holds out the prospect of further support for Ukraine.

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Repair center for German Leopard tanks in Poland is up and running

The first tanks are already being repaired as part of Western military aid for Ukraine. It will be used to repair Leopard battle tanks from Germany and Poland that are being deployed by Ukraine in the fight against Russia.

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German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock calls for reform of international law

Germany’s Foreign Minister wants to ensure that perpetrators of a war of aggression such as Russian President Putin can be held accountable.

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German Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action Robert Habeck at G20 summit: greater security from renewable energy

At a meeting of G20 energy ministers, Robert Habeck stressed the importance of expanding renewable energy.

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Frankfurt: a new hub for business startups

Ram Shoham is driving the development of a start-up ecosystem in Frankfurt am Main: with his partner Maria Pennanen – and has assisted more than 50 start-ups in entering the market and finding investors.

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The government is looking to expand hydrogen production

The Federal Government has adopted a new strategy to make even greater use of hydrogen as a climate-friendly energy source in the future.

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He’s here! Ambassador Andreas Michaelis greets Americans on his first day

The new German Ambassador to the United States Andreas Michaelis began his work in Washington, D.C. this week. He served as State Secretary for the Foreign Office twice, and was German Ambassador to Singapore, Israel, and the United Kingdom before.


Ambassador Michaelis leaves no doubt, that for Germany its bilateral ties with the United States are key:  “We live in turbulent times, and this is why the relationship between our two nations is crucial when it comes to security and defense, when it comes to development and trade, when it comes to protecting the environment, and when it comes to foreign policy. I am very much looking forward to the work here in Washington.”


The US and Germany are participating in the Womens’ World Cup. The German Embassy wishes good luck to both teams. Here’s everything you need to know about the German Team.

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