Foreign Minister Baerbock takes office

Annalena Baerbock is Germany's new Foreign Minister

Annalena Baerbock is Germany's new Foreign Minister, © Thomas Imo/photothek.de

08.12.2021 - Article

Today Germany’s first female Foreign Minister assumes office taking the reins from her predecessor Heiko Maas.

Outgoing Foreign Minister Heiko Maas handed over to his successor, Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, at a ceremony in the Weltsaal at the Federal Foreign Office:

As Germany’s first female Foreign Minister, you will represent our country and this coalition for progress convincingly on the international stage.

I wish you all the very best in this role.

In her inaugural speech, Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock underscored:

The world can continue to rely on our country. We stand firmly by European integration, the transatlantic alliance and our multilateral commitments: reliable on security policy, with clear foreign policy positions.

At the same time, this new Government has pledged to modernise the country – also with a view to strengthening the foundations of our international role.

However, this modernisation can only work if it is embedded internationally.

You can find some impressions here:

Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock will depart this evening (8 December) on her first trip as Foreign Minister to Paris, Brussels and Warsaw.

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