The Directorate‑General is responsible for political relations with 110 states in the Near and Middle East, Africa and Latin America.
These three regions include emerging economies such as Brazil, Mexico, Nigeria and South Africa, as well as many other countries that will help shape a new global order. None of the major challenges facing our world, for instance climate protection, the global food supply or clean seas, can be tackled without them.
However, these regions are also home to countries whose development is at a critical stage, as well as a number of unstable or fragile states and most of the trouble spots in today’s world. Simultaneous and sometimes prolonged crises are posing an ever greater challenge to foreign policy.
The Directorate‑General’s work thus focuses on the following areas:
- extending cooperation with emerging economies, strengthening mutual trust and reliability and working with these countries to establish rules to ensure orderly international relationstions;
- at a political level, supporting weak or fragile states, many of which border Europe, so that they can develop into more stable states that are less likely to fail or to turn into areas with no rule of law
- cultivating and expanding political, economic, academic, scientific, cultural and social relations with all countries in these regions.
Germany acts both independently and as part of the European Union to maintain bilateral relations. Germany regularly coordinates its policy with its EU partners and with the European External Action Service.
Germany and the European Union also support the United Nations and regional organisations (for example, the African Union, MERCOSUR in South America, the Arab League, etc.). We rely on effective multilateralism so that the largest regions in the world can work together efficiently.
Germany’s efforts are driven by our desire to help make democracy and the rule of law a reality throughout the world. The fundamental principles of a values‑based foreign policy form an immutable basis and influence all foreign policy decisions.
The Director‑General is Dr. Philipp Ackermann. He is supported by three Regional Directors for
- the Near and Middle East and the Maghreb
- sub-Saharan Africa and the Sahel
- Latin America and the Caribbean
as well as 11 divisions.