News and Politics
In a Federal Convention election held in Berlin on 12 February 2017, former German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier was elected the 12th President of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Frank-Walter Steinmeier - new Federal President
International Traineeship of the Deutsche Welle in Germany
DW Akademie is looking for open-minded, creative young people from all over the world interested in a comprehensive, exceptional quality journalism programme with an international broadcaster.
The bilingual DW traineeship is targeted at both English native speakers with a working knowledge of German and German native speakers with an excellent working knowledge of English. Native speakers of any of the 30 DW programme languages are invited to apply as well.
Applications will be accepted via an online application system between 2 January and 17 February 2017.
The next traineeship will start in September 2017. Successful candidates will be based in Bonn and Berlin.
Further information about the traineeship can be found in the following link or in the attachment:
DW Traineeship - International Journalism Training Programme [pdf, 165.12k]
Starting June 22, 2015, Deutsche Welle will broadcast its new TV-Channel including German-language news program "DW Nachrichten" around the clock. The newly structured TV channels will include among others DW in English, Spanish and Arabic.
DW's new TV programming
Germany’s G20 presidency
Germany will be holding the presidency of the G20 in 2017. The summit of the heads of state and government and representatives of international organisations will be held in Hamburg on 7 and 8 July 2017. A number of G20 ministers’ conferences are scheduled to take place prior to this. The G20 Foreign Ministers will meet in Bonn on 16 and 17 February 2017. The summit and ministers’ meetings will provide an opportunity to discuss current international challenges and to raise awareness of new issues in international affairs.
Further information is available on the following webpages:
German-Moroccan Co-Chairmanship of the Global Forum on Migration and Development 2017-2018
On 1 January 2017, Germany and Moroccot took over the Co-Chairmanship of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD).
The 2017 ministerial level Forum Meeting will be hosted by Germany from 28-30 June in Berlin.
For more information please visit
Germany is seeking to become a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. Foreign Minister Steinmeier announced the candidacy for 2019/20 in Hamburg on Monday (27 June). The elections are expected to take place at the General Assembly in June 2018.
Germany’s candidacy on the Security Council
The Federal Government has recast the strategic foundations of its security and defence policy. On 13 July 2016, the Federal Cabinet for the first time in ten years adopted a new White Paper on German Security Policy and the Future of the Bundeswehr.
Germany's Political System
Germany is a democratic, federal and social constitutional state, peacefully reunited in 1990. The primacy of the basic rights, the definition of the principles of a democratic and social federal state, and the foundation of a supreme court that watches over adherence to the constituion - these are the basic cornerstones of German democracy.
Read more about Germany's political system
Germany's Foreign Policy
Peace and freedom are the focal points of German foreign policy. They can only be guaranteed through cooperation in a spirit of trust and a fair balancing of interests with our partners in the United Nations, NATO, G8, OSCE and EU. To understand more about Germany's foreign policy, please visit the following website.
After centuries of bloody conflict, the integration of states and their interests has defeated nationalism and brought Europe an unparalleled period of peace, prosperity and stability. That is why the completion of European integration is our top political objective.
Human rights policy is the responsibility of all policymakers in Germany: there can be no “human rights-free zones” either in foreign policy, security policy or in any other policy field.
Human Rights Policy
Germany and Hong Kong
As an important gateway to China, Hong Kong has long established bilateral relations with Germany. Germans have been a constant presence in this vibrant city and are engaged in all sorts of activities - be it cultural, commercial or professional. To understand more about the relations between the two places, take a look at the following report written by the German Federal Foreign Office, in the German language:
Relations between Germany and Hong Kong