Bi-lateral relations, business, climate and other news from Germany and the Embassy
July 27, 2022 View online

Dear Readers,

With record-breaking heat waves on both sides of the Atlantic, the climate was on everyone’s mind in July. At the Petersberg Climate Dialogue from July 17-19, world leaders from 40 countries gathered in Berlin to discuss major climate protection agreements.  “We are all in the same boat, which means that we can only turn the tide together,” Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said. She called the climate crisis the “most serious international security issue of our time”. 

The pandemic remains a challenge, too: Last week, German Health Minister Professor Karl Lauterbach traveled to Washington, where he met with NIH Director Anthony Fauci to talk strategies to combat COVID-19. “It is impressive how precisely (Fauci) analyzes studies for their relevance to politics,” Lauterbach said after the meeting. “A close exchange for the Fall has been firmly agreed.” In the meantime, we wish President Biden a speedy and full recovery!

On a lighter note, FC Bayern is in the US for their Audi Summer tour. They kicked off their tour with a friendly game against DC United in Washington. Of course, many of us attended to cheer them on! The German Embassy was also pleased to welcome FC Bayern to Washington for a reception at the Ambassador’s Residence. We enjoyed sharing conversation and kicking some balls. Best of luck to FC Bayern as they continue on the USA tour!  


The "Germany for Americans" Team


After the "Zeitenwende"

An article by Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz: "Putin's attack on Ukraine has created a new reality - much cannot remain as it is, even in Germany and the European Union."

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Baerbock welcomes EU emergency gas plan

The German Federal Foreign Minister has praised the EU's emergency gas plan as a sign of how Europe has closed ranks in difficult times.

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German government pays tribute to resistance to Nazi regime

On July 20, 1944, an assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler by officers of the Wehrmacht failed. On the attempt's 78th anniversary, the German government paid tribute to the resistance to the Nazi regime.

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German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock calls for global response to climate change in Palau

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock has pledged more support for the Pacific region. She visited Palau as part of a six-day tour of Asia.

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Foundation for a carbon-neutral economy

At the Petersburg Climate Dialogue, Federal Chancellor Scholz described the national and international challenges involved in the fight against climate change: to promote climate protection while at the same time securing and creating prosperity.

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Foreign Minister Baerbock also gave a speech at the opening, emphasizing the importance of standing side by side "with the children, women and men who are already suffering" from the effects of climate change today.

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"There has never been a better chance"

State Climate Secretary Jennifer Morgan says the G7 must be the driving force and a trailblazer in the fight against the climate crisis. Morgan was recently in the US for discussions on how to free up funds for the global energy transition. The German-American environmental activist was the former executive director of Greenpeace International.

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Legislative package for more green electricity

The Bundestag has passed a comprehensive reform package for more rapid expansion of green electricity from wind and sun in Germany.

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The German Embassy welcomes FC Bayern to the USA

Last week, FC Bayern Munich came to Washington, DC as part of their Audi Summer tour. The team kicked off their tour with a friendly game against DC United at the Audi Field Stadium. Many of us were there to cheer them on! While in the capital, the team also toured the White House, held a panel discussion against racism at the National Museum of African American History and Culture and had a meeting at the US Capitol to talk about the Holocaust and the importance of remembrance.
"We as FC Bayern have a responsibility to talk about the past - the good and the bad - in order to initiate dialogue and ensure that atrocities like those of that time can never happen again," FC Bayern CEO Oliver Kahn said, adding that the club wants to be a "role model" in a world where "differences are not only accepted but celebrated."
The German Embassy was also pleased to welcome FC Bayern to the USA with a reception at the Residence of the German Ambassador. While at the Residence, players mingled with guests, signed autographs and kicked some balls with fans at our "Torwand" (goal wall). We also challenged our guests to a soccer quiz and awarded signed balls and jerseys to those who knew the answers. Our awesome MC, Alexa Landestoy, kept everyone engaged while our sponsor, Paulaner, provided some much-needed hydration on this hot evening in Washington. We wish the players of FC Bayern all the best as they continue their USA tour!

Why Germany loves David Hasselhoff

As "The Hoff" turns 70 on July 17, here's a look back at how his song for freedom at the Berlin Wall in 1989 turned him into an iconic name in Germany.

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