Germany in Europe
Nowadays European policy covers all policy fields. To be an effective advocate of Germany’s interests in Europe, the Federal Government needs efficient policy coordination mechanisms. moreThe making of German government policy on Europe
The right of the Länder to participate in EU affairs has been strengthened in both content and formal terms as a result of European integration. The political aim here is to compensate for their loss of domestic powers as a result of the transfer of sovereign rights to the EU by giving them the right to help formulate German EU policy. moreCooperation on EU issues with the federal states (Länder) and the Bundesrat
German is one of the currently 21 EU languages accorded equal status under EEC Council Regulation No. 1 of 1958. The Federal Government is working for German language skills to be recognized as a career-enhancing qualification and has taken steps to make German courses for this target group more attractive. moreGerman as an EU language
Europe’s success story would not have been possible without broad civil commitment to the European idea.
Civil society organizations have played an important role here.
moreA Citizen’s Europe
The Weimar Triangle testifies to a successful process of reconciliation between Germany and its two biggest immediate neighbours to west and east following the horrors of the Second World War. The Franco-German friendship was set on a solid footing back in the early 1960s with the Elysée Treaty. Not until the disappearance of the Iron Curtain which divided Europe right up until 1989, however, was it possible to seal this special relationship with our eastern partner Poland. moreThe Weimar Triangle