Foreign and European Policy

Chancellor Merkel in Brussels

Germany in Europe

European policy affects a host of fields for which various ministries in Germany are responsible. To ensure the Federal Government presents a unified stance, there are various coordination mechanisms. 

Logo of the Estonian EU Council Presidency

Estonia assumes EU Presidency

The EU member states decide for many years in advance about the future presidencies: Estonia: July-December 2017 Bulgaria: January-June 2018 Austria: July-December 2018 Romania: January-June 2019 Fin...

Federal Foreign Office, Berlin

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 ...

German Embassy

Germany and the East Caribbean Region

The German Embassy in Port of Spain is  the diplomatic mission for the following countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Suriname, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vinc...


Co-operation between Germany and the Eastern Caribbean Countries

Germany and the Eastern Caribbean work closely on many issues. More information on some of these areas can be found on these pages.

The Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs

Sigmar Gabriel

Sigmar Gabriel

Germany’s G20 presidency

A reef knot as the symbol of the G20 summit in Hamburg

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 met 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:

Germany’s OSCE Chairmanship in 2016 – “Renewing dialogue, rebuilding trust, restoring security”

The logo of the German OSCE Chairmanship in 2016

On 1 January 2016 Germany has assumed the Chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Co‑operation in Europe (OSCE) and is therefore be responsible for steering the Organization safely through the stormy tides of crises and challenges in 2016. Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has presented the details of the Chairmanship’s programme to the 57 OSCE participating States in Vienna on 14 January 2016.

Further information is available on the following websites:

Refugee crisis - what German foreign policy is doing

Distributing aid to refugees in Erbil

Dealing with the worldwide refugee crisis is an international challenge. Combating the causes of flight and raising awareness in countries of origin ‑ these are the priorities of German foreign policy.

Germany intensifys the cooperation with the Caribbean Community

CARICOM conference in Berlin

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier met with his counterparts from the states of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on the occasion of a conference in Berlin on 2 March 2015. The talks focused on global issues such as climate change and renewable energies, as well as on efforts to reform the United Nations Federal Foreign Minister welcomes Dr. William Warren Smith, President of Caribbean Development Bank (CDB Enlarge image Federal Foreign Minister welcomes Dr. William Warren Smith, President of Caribbean Development Bank (CDB (© Martin Kipping)

Read more on the article on the webpage of the Federal Foreign Office. Link

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Federal Chancellor Merkel - a biography

Porttrait Angela Merkel (Archive)

Angela Merkel was born in Hamburg on 17 July 1954. She is a Protestant Christian and is married to Joachim Sauer. 1973 Abitur (higher education entrance qualification) in Templin 1973 - 1978 Studied P...