German presidency of the G7
Germany assumed the presidency of the G7 at the G7 summit in Brussels at the beginning of June 2014. On 7 and 8 June 2015, Germany will host the meeting of the heads of state and government. The summit will provide an opportunity to discuss current international challenges and to make progress on new topics in the international context.
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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 …”
A flood of books is the first herald of a special period of commemoration: since the beginning of 2013, more than 110 books dealing with World War One (1914-1918) have been published or announced. Australian historian Christopher Clark’s bestseller “The Sleepwalkers” caused quite a stir and has sparked renewed debate about who was to blame for the First World War. Over the next few years, the European dimension, causes and effects of the Great War will be explored in numerous national and international commemorative events, exhibitions and projects, details of which can be found on the website http://100-jahre-erster-weltkrieg.eu. Read also the article by Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier to commemorate the outbreak of the First World War one hundred years ago.
The First World War
"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"
27 January - International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust
The 27 January is the "International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust" proclaimed by the United Nations. In Germany the memorial day was introduced nationwide in 1996 by Federal President Roman Herzog. On 27 January 1945, soldiers of the Red Army released the survivors of the concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.
On 27 January 2014, a memorial also took place in Hong Kong, organised by the Hong Kong Holocaust and Tolerance Centre. The memorial was attended by survivors of the Holocaust, where the Israeli Consul General Sagi Karni and the German Consul General Nikolaus Graf Lambsdorff, among others, delivered a speech.
The EcoChic Design Award 2013, a sustainable fashion design competition, took place between 13 January and 15 January 2014 on the occasion of this year's Hong Kong Fashion Week. German fashion designer Karen Jessen stood out among eight finalists from around Asia and Europe by claiming two of the three main awards.
EcoChic Design Award 2013
On Friday, 29 November 2013, the container vessel sailing under German flag "Cap San Augustin" was christened. "Cap San Augustin" belongs to the German shipping company "Hamburg Süd".
The naming ceremony took place in the presence of the German Consul General in Hong Kong, Nikolaus Graf Lambsdorff, and his wife Marcie Gräfin Lambsdorff.
Naming ceremony of container vessel "Cap San Augustin"