The Visitors Programme of the Federal Republic of Germany enables foreign opinion leaders to see Germany with their own eyes and thus gain an authentic, up-to-date and nuanced insight into the country. Participants usually spend a week in Germany at the invitation of the Federal Foreign Office.
Held in Germany for the first time in their 86‑year history, the European Maccabi Games saw 2300 Jewish athletes taking part in 2015.
A funeral service and an official ceremony were held on 11 February in memory of former Federal President Richard von Weizsäcker.
Lights, camera, action! The Berlin International Film Festival is once again rolling out the red carpet from 5 to 15 February.
On 16 December Minister of State Böhmer attended the ceremony of the lighting of candles to mark the beginning of the Jewish festival of Hanukkah 2014 in Berlin.