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September 16, 2022 View online

Dear Readers,

Last week, German Ambassadors from all over the world gathered at the Foreign Office in Berlin for an annual conference to discuss foreign policy topics, including the war in Ukraine, the global food crisis, climate and securing democracy. The conference was led by Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, who said that the "elephant in the room is the energy question. That will be the central question that will really test our mettle in the coming months." The Foreign Minister also emphasized the importance of communication in the ambassadors' home countries. The key to proactive communication is listening while also taking firm stances and making counterarguments when necessary, she said. 

Meanwhile, the world said goodbye to one of its beloved leaders. As Britain's Queen Elizabeth II passed away, German leaders came together to send their condolences to the British Royal Family. "Queen Elizabeth is a woman who has shaped a century, in the United Kingdom and worldwide," German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said. "Her Majesty was held in the highest esteem and respect throughout the world. Here in Germany, she was admired and revered."


The "Germany for Americans" Team


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