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March 15, 2023 View online

Dear Readers,

This month, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz traveled to Washington to meet with President Joe Biden at the White House. The two leaders came together to discuss the situation in Ukraine and reaffirm the strong bilateral relationship between the US and Germany. The meeting focused on ongoing efforts to provide security, humanitarian, economic and political assistance to Ukraine and the importance of maintaining global solidarity with the people of Ukraine, the White House stated.

“Our transatlantic coordination is indispensable and stronger than ever,” Chancellor Scholz said. “We are unwavering in our support for Ukraine. We want freedom and peace for Ukraine.” President Joe Biden said that the US and Germany “work lockstep to provide critical security assistance to Ukraine. […] As NATO Allies, we are making the alliance stronger and more capable.”

Meanwhile, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock introduced new Guidelines for Feminist Foreign Policy for all staff of the Federal Foreign Office. At the core: rights, representation, and resources for women and marginalized groups in all areas of foreign policy. Moreover, the Foreign Minister recently promised that she would “work hard to give our foreign service a more female face and to increase the proportion of women in leadership positions." At least 50 percent of future leadership positions in the Foreign Office are to be filled by women. 

And in other news, the German anti-war film “All Quiet on the Western Front” won four Oscars on Sunday. Chancellor Scholz called this a huge success for German film. He said the movie “shows unmistakably how terrible and inhumane war is.”


The "Germany for Americans" team


Scholz meets with the US President – We want freedom and peace for Ukraine

Federal Chancellor Scholz traveled to Washington, D.C. for talks with US President Biden. Transatlantic coordination, the Federal Chancellor said, was indispensable and stronger than ever, adding that the USA and Germany are unwavering in their support for Ukraine.

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Baerbock and Schulze present guidelines for a more feminist policy

Germany’s Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock and Development Minister Svenja Schulze have presented concepts for a more feminist policy.

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War in Ukraine – An Overview of Military support for Ukraine

Germany provides support for Ukraine by supplying equipment and weapons, these come from supplies of the Federal Arms Forces and from deliveries from industry financed from the Federal Government’s funds for security capacity building. An overview.

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Four awards for “All Quiet on the Western Front”

German anti-war film wins Oscar for best international feature film, among other things, at Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.

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EU, US to 'immediately' start work on green subsidies deal

US President Joe Biden and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen touted a breakthrough in their transatlantic trade dispute over subsidies for the green economy, as well as the war in Ukraine.

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There is every reason for optimism

During its closed-door meeting in Meseberg, Chancellor Scholz explained, the Federal Cabinet wants to build upon the momentum of the first year in order to "tackle the task that will be our primary concern going forward, namely the transformation of the economy towards climate neutrality".

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Agreement to protect the oceans

After 15 years of negotiations at the United Nations, member states have concluded an international treaty to protect the world’s oceans. Environment Minister Lemke: “A historic and overwhelming achievement”

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Habeck and Özdemir travel to South America

More trade, better protection of the rainforest, global climate protection: Minister for Economic Affairs Robert Habeck and Minister of Agriculture Cem Özdemir are on a trip to Brazil and Colombia lasting several days, with talks focusing on economic relations and climate cooperation.

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Germany supports UN Women with 26 million Euro

The German Development Ministry has promised UN Women a contribution of 26 million euros for the year 2023. This is almost twice the amount contributed two years ago, the ministry announced on International Women’s Day.

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Celebrating International Women's Day

In celebration of International Women’s Day, fearless women from the German Embassy reached new heights as they gathered for lunch atop a skyscraper.

Watch the behind-the-scenes video 

Meanwhile, German Ambassador Emily Haber had a full schedule on International Women’s Day. Early in the day, she appeared on the media platform Axios, where she spoke about the gender pay gap and Feminist Foreign Policy along with other female leaders.  “Working against discrimination of women, of other groups, is not a woman’s business. It’s the business of society at large,” she said. The Ambassador also attended a ceremony at the White House that honored courageous women who are the frontlines of change around the world. And finally, the Ambassador spoke at the Goethe Institute in Washington, where she honored the women of the Berlin Rosenstraße protest who fought and won the lives of their Jewish husbands and children 80 years ago, openly opposing the Nazi dictatorship.

Learn more about the Rosenstraße Protest here


How true are cliches about Germans? 

The Germans are fanatically punctual, drink beer all day and have no sense of humor whatsoever — those are the stereotypes. But what’s true? Four bona fide Germans discuss the most common cliches.

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