Diplomatic relations between Germany and Slovenia were established on 15 January 1992. The two countries enjoy very good relations based on mutual trust. These friendly ties have been underscored by numerous high-level visits. Since 2017, bilateral relations have been enhanced by a regular German-Slovene Dialogue. Together with Germany and Portugal, Slovenia is part of the next Trio Presidency of the Council of the European Union from July 2020.
On 18 October 2018, Slovene Prime Minister Marjan Šarec met Chancellor Merkel in Berlin for talks. President Steinmeier met President Borut Pahor in Berlin on 14 March 2018. On 3 December 2018, Slovenia’s Foreign Minister Miro Cerar visited Berlin to meet Foreign Minister Maas. The German Bundestag’s Parliamentary Friendship Group for Relations with Slovenia travelled to the country in October 2015 and Slovenia’s Parliamentary Friendship Group for Relations with Germany paid a return visit in September 2016.
Bilateral economic cooperation is extremely close. Germany is Slovenia’s most important trading partner by far, accounting for 19 percent of the country’s foreign trade. Germany is one of the principal foreign investors in Slovenia and one of the main buyers of Slovene exports. Some 570 German companies and enterprises with German investors are active in Slovenia. These directly employ some 8 percent of the Slovene workforce, account for almost 15 percent of turnover and are responsible for 20 percent of all exports. The German-Slovene Chamber of Industry and Commerce celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2016.
A cultural agreement has been in force between Germany and Slovenia since June 1994.
The Goethe-Institut has operated in Ljubljana since 2004. In June 1995, a German reading room was opened in the University of Ljubljana’s Technological Library. It was renamed German Library on 6 July 2009 and has since received over 5,000 media units (books, magazine and newspaper subscriptions as well as CD-ROMs, CDs and videos) from the Goethe-Institut. The German Library Ljubljana is now housed on the premises of the University of Ljubljana’s Central Technological Library.
A lector seconded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) works at the University of Ljubljana’s German Department. A DAAD German language assistant works at the University of Maribor. In addition, the DAAD provides scholarships which are awarded annually in different disciplines.
The German Government supports German language teaching at Slovene schools in a variety of ways. At 19 of the country’s schools, students can obtain the German Language Certificate (DSD) of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the German Länder. A total of some 70,000 school pupils are learning German. The support is coordinated by a German Language Advisor from the Central Agency for Schools Abroad (ZfA), who is attached to Slovenia’s education authority. There is also a Goethe-Institut partner school in Slovenia – Beltinci Primary School.