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No secret diplomacy here: 20 Federal Foreign Office Twitter accounts on specific issues

22.05.2020 - Article

Whether on Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn: the Federal Foreign Office invites users to engage in a dialogue on the entire spectrum of German foreign policy on 20 social media accounts.

Foreign policy is garnering a great deal of attention

The Federal Foreign Office has new specialised Twitter accounts
The Federal Foreign Office has new specialised Twitter accounts© Auswärtiges Amt

Whether it be Brexit, the policy on Eastern Europe or reactions to acute crises: foreign policy is garnering lots of attention these days, also on social media. Almost one million people are following the Federal Foreign Office on Twitter, just under 300,000 on Facebook and more than 200,000 on Instagram. Controversial issues prompt hundreds, and sometimes more than a thousand, user comments every day.

In order to make foreign policy even more transparent and to enable those interested in politics to learn more about foreign policy issues, twenty top officials as well as units within the Ministry also communicate on Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

Top diplomats have their own accounts

Some of the accounts have a regional focus, for example our policy on Asia, Africa, the EU or Eastern Europe. Others cover specific issues, such as Brexit, stabilisation and humanitarian assistance, the United Nations, training at the Federal Foreign Office or cultural relations and education policy. The Crisis Response Centre has a Twitter account (@AA_SicherReisen) to supplement its Sicher Reisen app. The Policy Planning Staff, too, maintains a Twitter feed that gives users an insight into its daily activities.

The German missions abroad are also expanding their social media footprint. They already reach more than six million followers and friends around the world through more than 300 accounts. Everyone who has not already connected with us is more than welcome to do so – we look forward to the conversation! 

Links to the accounts

Twitter

@AA_Kultur: Cultural relations and education policy

@AA_SicherReisen: Travel and security advice from our Crisis Response Centre

@AA_stabilisiert: Crisis prevention, stabilisation, post-conflict peacebuilding and humanitarian assistance

@GermanyonBrexit: Germany’s view on the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union (English)

@GERonEurope: Germany's view on Europe and the EU

@GermanyonUN: Germany’s views on international order, the United Nations and arms control (English)

@GERClimatEnergy: German energy policy and climate diplomacy (English)

@GERonEconomy: Foreign trade and investment policy and sustainable development (English)

@GERonAfrica: German policy on Africa (English)

@GERonAsia: German policy on Asia (English)

@GERonOstpolitik: German policy on Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia (English)

@GERonStratCom: Strategic communication of the Federal Foreign Office (English)

@Planungsstab: Federal Foreign Office Policy Planning Staff (English)

@GERDigitalEnvoy: International digitalisation policy at the Federal Foreign Office

@GermanyOnMena: German policy on the Middle East and North Africa 

@GermanyOnIntLaw: German engagement international issues

@MiguelBergerAA: State Secretary Miguel Berger

Instagram:

@auswaertigesamt_karriere: Training and career at the Federal Foreign Office

@traininginternationaldiplomats: Training for International Diplomats

LinkedIn:

Coordinator for German Personnel in International Organisations

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