Important notice: On Sunday, 28 September 2014, and in the night before Monday, 29 September 2014, clashes with police forces, who in some cases deployed pepper spray and tear gas, occurred occasionally during the demonstrations and protest rallies. The situation has calmed down in the morning of 29 September 2014.
Due to persistent demonstrations and blockades, substantial inconvenience to road traffic (private transport, buses, trams) occurs in certain areas. Affected areas include Admiralty, Central, Causeway Bay and Wan Chai on the Hong Kong Island as well as Mong Kok / Kowloon.
Access to the United Centre in Admiralty, in which the Consulate General is located, is currently restricted and is possible, for example, through the footbridge from the shopping mall Pacific Place. Some of the exits of the MTR station closest to the Consulate General Admiralty are currently closed.
Since it cannot be ruled out that the protests escalate again, it is recommended to avoid the places of assembly and to closely follow the updated situation in the media.
German Teachers' Day in Hong Kong 2014 - "German gets active"
After the big success of the Chinese German Teachers' Day last year the Goethe-Institut Hongkong has decided to hold another German Teachers' Day in 2014, with the kind support of the Cornelsen Publishing House, Hueber Publishing House and Klett Langenscheidt Publishing House. The event will take place on Saturday, 11 October 2014, from 9.30 until 17.30 in the Hong Kong Arts Centre. The motto of this year's German Teachers' Day will be "German gets active" and its focus will be learner-activating teaching skills. Registration for this event is required; the registration deadline will be 24 September 2014. Detailed information can be found under the following link.
German Teachers' Day in Hong Kong 2014
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"
Germany attracts talent and investment
According to the "Nation Brands Index 2013", published in October 2013 by British nation branding expert Simon Anholt and the US American market research institut GfK, Germany performed, as in previous years, outstandingly well as one of the world's strongest and most well-rounded nations. Ranked among the TOP 8 in all six dimensions, Germany achieved a consistently positive rating, retaining its second place (right after the USA) in the overall ranking. The report, which measures the strength and attractiveness of the image of 50 nations, is based on interviews of 1,000 adults in 20 countries.