A central aspect of looking back on the 150‑year history of the Foreign Office is grappling with its members’ knowledge of and complicity in the Nazi crimes against humanity.
The Federal Foreign Office issues protocol cards to accredited members of diplomatic and consular missions in Germany and to accredited members of staff of international organisations with a presence in Germany, as well as their dependents. These serve as proof of their diplomatic status.
Diplomats can be “expelled” or declared personae non gratae either when they do not comply with accepted behaviour or to send a political signal. Such a decision is made by the receiving state and does not require an explanation.
75 years after the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, the German Government is working to ensure the permanent conservation of the memorial and museum at that site. To this end, the Bundestag has earmarked 30 million euros in the Federal Foreign Office budget.
Be it in the context of climate protection, disarmament or the resolution of ongoing conflicts: “It is time to do more than just talk about sustainability. It is time to act sustainably,” emphasised Foreign Minister Heiko Maas at the 74th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations.