“Europe United” does not end at the EU’s external borders. What is more, Europe’s strategic sovereignty is unthinkable without close ties to the Western Balkans.
Today, Foreign Minister Maas and his EU colleagues will meet US Secretary of State Blinken for the first time in a virtual format. Topics on the agenda include the situation following the coup in Myanmar and consequences of Russia’s conduct and breaches of the law.
Particularly on social media, hate speech corrodes the culture of debate and the solidarity among internet users in our open societies. These challenges and potential counter-strategies were discussed at the virtual conference held on 18 February 2021.
Following a difficult year in EU-Turkish relations, there are currently some signals of détente coming out of Ankara. Foreign Minister Maas wants to encourage Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu to continue and to consolidate this constructive path.
Germany, France, Egypt and Jordan are working together in the Munich format to inject fresh impetus into the Middle East peace process. In Cairo, the Foreign Ministers are discussing concrete steps for a rapprochement between Israel and the Palestinians – and how they can support it.
2021 is set to be a decisive year for nuclear disarmament and the objective of nuclear non‑proliferation. Today, the foreign ministers of the Stockholm Initiative are discussing the implementation of their proposals on nuclear disarmament both in Amman and in a virtual format.
This year's General Assembly of the United Nations must take place virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Video recording of the speech by Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.
Heiko Maas took over as Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs on 14 March 2018.