Two years ago, Libya was dominated by civil war, but the weapons have now fallen silent. This success is thanks to the Berlin Process, an initiative spearheaded by Germany and the UN. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas travelled to Tripoli today to continue important political talks.
Following the takeover of power by the Taliban, there is a risk that Afghanistan will sink back into brutal conflicts. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is travelling today to the region to discuss further exit routes out of the country as well as the security and geopolitical impact of the developments.
Foreign Minister Maas departed for a trip to the United States on Tuesday. The first stop in Michigan focused on structural change and globalisation. His second port of call is New York, where Foreign Minister Maas will highlight Germany’s multilateral engagement.
In theory, the borders in the Schengen area have been open since 1985. But the COVID-19 pandemic has upended this European normality: controls were temporarily reintroduced at many of the EU’s internal borders from March till June 2020, to curb the spread of the virus.
Foreign Minister Maas is visiting Italy on 28 and 29 June. He has a full agenda: a meeting on Syria, and meetings of the Global Coalition against Daesh and the G20 Foreign and Development Ministers.
Over the past week violence has escalated in the Middle East. Germany is working with its international partners to calm the situation and create prospects for the time afterwards. To this end, Foreign Minister Maas is today travelling to Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Ramallah.