Guidelines of German Foreign Policy

German foreign policy has been marked by continuity during the last few decades, but at the same time reflects the...


Bilateral relations

Germany maintains intense bilateral relations to many countries in the world. Read more about Germany's political, economic and cultural contacts.

Regional focuses

Cross-national themes in German foreign policy, including the Middle East Peace Process, the Western Balkans and Transatlantic Relations, as well as global hotspots like Afghanistan. more


The European Union is the biggest political success story of the past 50 years. Europe is a community of shared values, not only an economic area. Peace and freedom, prosperity and security are among its achievements. more

Peace and Security

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. more

Global Issues

Globalization has increased the interconnectedness of peoples and countries — the impact of political decisions and economic and social developments is increasingly felt in faraway lands. Efforts to cooperate rather than confront are thus important. more

German presidency of the G7

Germany assumed the presidency of the G7 at the G7 summit in Brussels at the beginning of June 2014. more

Human rights

Only the protection of human rights can guarantee stability and peace. It is also a prerequisite for... more

Humanitarian aid

One of the Federal Foreign Office’s most important tasks is to bring help quickly to people who are in... more

World economy

Germany is integrated into the world economy and dependent on its growth to a greater extent than many other... more

International Law

A key component of international law is humanitarian international law. It aims to minimize the suffering caused by war. more

Culture and intercultural dialogue

Cultural relations and education policy is an essential pillar of German foreign policy.


Commemoration 2014

Read on for information about all events held at the Federal Foreign Office as well as speeches and articles given or published by the Foreign Minister in connection with the centenary. more

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