Political Directorate-General 3

The Directorate-General is responsible for political relations with 137 states in the Near and Middle East, Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Pacific. That is almost three quarters of all countries in the world and 80% of the world’s population.

In these four regions lie the new global players such as China, India, Brazil or South Africa, as well as many other countries which will help shape a new global order. None of the major challenges facing our world, for instance climate change mitigation, the global food supply or clean seas, can be mastered without them.

However, these regions are also home to countries whose development is critical, as well as a number of unstable or fragile states and most of the trouble spots in today’s world. Simultaneous and prolonged crises are placing an increasing burden on foreign policy.

The Directorate-General’s work thus focuses on the following areas:

  • extending cooperation with the new global players, strengthening confidence and reliability and working with these countries to establish rules to ensure orderly international relations;
  • helping to stabilise weak or fragile states, especially in Europe’s neighbourhood, identifying crises at an earlier stage and, if possible, preventing or containing them. This includes preventing the collapse of state structures and the emergence of lawless areas, as well as fostering the rule of law and the fight against terrorism and organised crime.
  • cultivating and expanding political, economic, academic, cultural and social relations with all countries.

Germany acts independently as well as through the European Union: we coordinate our policies with our partners in the EU and with the European External Action Service on a regular basis. Furthermore, our embassies around the world are in close contact with the representations of the European Union and the embassies of other EU member states.

Germany and the European Union support the United Nations and regional organisations (for example, ASEAN in South-East Asia, the African Union, MERCOSUR in South America, the Arab League, etc.). Alongside our bilateral efforts, we advocate effective multilateralism and are convinced that well-organised cooperation among the world’s major regions makes the world more reliable and safer.

Our efforts are driven by our desire to promote democracy and the rule of law around the world. The fundamental principles of a values-based German foreign policy form an immutable basis and influence all foreign policy decisions.

The Directorate-General is headed by Sabine Sparwasser. She is supported by four Regional Directors

as well as 14 divisions.

Last updated 07.09.2015

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