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October 13, 2023 View online

Dear Reader,

The past few weeks have once again shown us the very close political exchange between Germany and the United States.

Following the terrorist attack on Israel by the Islamist Hamas on October 7, 2023, Germany stands firmly by Israel's side. Against the backdrop of German history and the responsibility arising from the Holocaust, Israel's security is Germany's reason of state. In close coordination with the United States, the German government is in full solidarity with Israel to defend itself and is actively engaged to prevent the conflict from spreading.

As a testament to the particularly strong ties between Germany and the United States U.S. President Joe Biden welcomed German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier in the White House on October 6, 2023, to celebrate the incredible legacy of millions of German-Americans and the unbreakable bonds of friendship between our two countries.

“There is no country with which we Europeans have closer and deeper connections than with the United States,” said German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock on her visit to the U.S. in September. This time the Foreign Minister took extra time to visit not only the capitol but also Texas, a state of political and economic importance for transatlantic relations. During her visit to Texas Minister Baerbock also met with Governor Abbot. With Texas she got to know a state which economically still heavily depends on fossil fuels and is a leader in wind and solar energy at the same time. Furthermore, Minister Baerbock paid visits to German companies investing in Texas and met with German pilots at a center of the German Air Force’s pilot training in the U.S. While the Foreign Minister visited Texas to deepen political exchange with the U.S., her political talks in the capitol with Secretary of State Blinken focused on important topics of foreign and security policy such as Russia’s aggression and the war in Ukraine.


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“Our alliance is critical for our continuing efforts to support the people of Ukraine” – the U.S. President welcomed German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier to the White House on October 6, 2023.

October 6th is German American Day. This year President Biden and President Steinmeier marked the occasion at the White House highlighting the importance of the strong German-American partnership - build on shared history, common values and work together as NATO Allies - to address global challenges and crises.

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German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock strengthened Germany´s ties with the U.S. through her multi-day visit to Washington and Texas.

On her visit to the United States from September 12-15, 2023, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock not only met Secretary of State Blinken and Members of Congress in Washington D.C, she also travelled Texas underlining the very close links of Germany with the United States on the political, economic and security level. Both Foreign Ministers emphasized the great importance of the transatlantic partnership particularly during challenging times.

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“Peace without freedom is oppression!”

In his speech to the UN General Assembly in New York on September 20, 2023, Federal Chancellor Scholz said that Ukraine´s fight against Russia´s war of aggression is a fight for freedom, independence and territorial integrity and a fight for principles the UN stands for. The Chancellor underlined that the global challenges of our time could only be solved on principles the UN provides.

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In its most recent offshore wind project German RWE will power over 350,000 U.S. homes with clean energy.

RWE's success in securing a lease area in the Gulf of Mexico for 2 gigawatts of offshore wind power marks a significant step towards a cleaner energy future. The rapid expansion of this German multinational energy company in the U.S. offshore wind sector and its commitment to sustainable energy positions RWE as an important player in driving America's transition to renewable power.

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Germany and the US support the International protection of biodiversity on the High Seas.

On September 20, 2023, Germany was among the first signatories of the United Nations Convention for the Protection of the High Seas. Thanks to this agreement, which has also been signed by the U.S., there are now globally consistent rules for the protection of marine biodiversity outside national territories.

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… that there is a new mural in DC by German artist Hera?

The German Embassy Washington teamed up with Street Art for Mankind (SAM) and German artist Hera to create a mural in the Mount Vernon Triangle district of Washington, DC. The mural shows that we need all of society to tackle climate change as it is not efficient to leave out women and girls, when it comes to finding solutions for addressing the climate crisis.

Artwork by @hera_herakut for @streetartmankind

… that Germany has top quality universities whose tuition is less than €500? Kickstart your career in Germany.

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… the new Sphere in Las Vegas has technology made in Germany?

It's the largest spherical hall in the world: It can seat 19,000 people and the 112-meter-high aluminum marble cost $2.3 billion dollars. “The Sphere” in Las Vegas was just recently opened by a U2 concert and has an immersive sound system powered by Holoplot from Berlin.


Germany wins Basketball World Cup

The German basketball team won its first-ever Basketball World Cup - in a thrilling final captain Dennis Schröder and his team pulled off one of the biggest upsets in the history of German sport.

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