Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier issued the following statement on the 13th of April in response to news that Günter Grass had passed away: In Günter Grass, Germany has lost one of its true greats today.
Death of Günter Grass
Germany continues to attract talent and investment and takes first position in 2014's Nation Brands Index
According to the "Nation Brands Index 2014" by the nation branding expert Simon Anholt and the market research institute GfK, Germany performed, as in previous years, outstandingly well as one of the world's strongest and most well-rounded nations. Having scored a second place last year, Germany came out on top this year, for the second time in the ten-year history of the Anholt-GfK Nation Brands Index. Germany achieved a consistently positive rating. As expected, the global perception of Germany's sporting excellence has risen significantly after Germany won the 2014 FIFA World Cup. But Germany also enjoys strong gains in areas of honest and competent governance, investment climate and social equality.
The report, which measures the strength and attractiveness of the image of 50 nations, is based on interviews of a total of 20,000 adults in 20 countries.
Poll: Germany retains positive image
Germany’s image in the world remains positive. In a poll conducted annually in 24 countries, Germany has maintained its position as the country with the most positive influence in the world in 2014...
November 9, 1989, the day on which the Berlin Wall fell, marked the climax of a trend that was similar to a revolution and in which the citizens of the GDR played the main role. Some, because they did everything in their power to leave a state that refused to grant them the freedom to travel and who by occupying embassies abroad forced the authorities into allowing them to leave, and others because they proclaimed in no uncertain terms that they wished to stay in the GDR. However, they also demanded fundamental reforms, which the regime could not agree to without setting its downfall in motion. Given this assault on two fronts, despite massive security measures the GDR collapsed like a house of cards in the space of just a few months. This paved the way for the division of Germany to be overcome and for the country to be reunited on October 3, 1990.
25 Years of the Fall of the Wall
30 September 1989: Over 4,000 people squeeze into the gardens of the West German Embassy in Prague. The West German Foreign Minister Hans Dietrich Genscher addresses them: “We’re here today to tell you that today your emigration …”
"Europe needs to stand up to extremism" – article by Foreign Minister Steinmeier in the Frankfurter Rundschau
In an article in the Frankfurter Rundschau published on 2 July 2014, as the constituent part-session of the newly elected European Parliament gets under way, Foreign Minister Steinmeier calls for the introduction of a threshold in European elections and a resolute response to anti-Semitism and xenophobia.
"Europe needs to stand up to extremism"