Foreign and European Policy

Visit of the President of Afghanistan, Dr. Ashraf Ghani in Berlin, 02.12.2015.

Germany and Afghanistan

Germany and Afghanistan share a long history of positive bilateral relations, whose beginning was marked by the expedition of a legation sent by the German Emperor in 1915 in order to forge ties with Afghanistan and to draw it into the First World War on the side of the Central Powers. The mission was not successful, but it laid the groundwork for the bilateral relations between the two countries. The foundation of the German secondary school in Kabul at the beginning of the 1920s was a good example of the great interest both countries had in each other from the start.

UN Security Council meeting

German Foreign Policy

German foreign policy is peace policy. In collaboration with its partners, Germany is active in international organizations in pursuit of a fair, peaceful and stable international order. Germany maintains intense bilateral relations to many countries in the world.

Syrian refugees on their way to Turkey

Refugee Policy

Combating the causes of flight and raising awareness in countries of origin - these are the priorities of German foreign policy.

Kindergarten © picture-alliance/dpa

Children and Armed Conflict

Children are the most vulnerable people in any armed conflict, which is why it is essential that the international community ensure special protection of children in such situations.

The logo of the German OSCE Chairmanship in 2016

Germany's OSCE Chairmanship 2016

As of 1 January 2016, Germany assumed the Chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Co‑operation in Europe (OSCE). This is the second time Germany has headed the world’s largest regional secur...

Foreign and European Policy

Flaggen vor dem Europa-Parlament in Straßburg

Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2017

Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue

Every spring the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue brings together key international decision makers in foreign energy and energy policy, industry, science and civil society as well as foremost energy experts from all over the world. This year, the dialogue takes place from March 20-21.

Sigmar Gabriel ist Germany's new Foreign Minister

Sigmar Gabriel

Sigmar Gabriel has been Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs since 27 January 2017.