Foreign and European Policy
The main entrance of the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin.
Peace and freedom are the focal points of German foreign policy. They can only be guaranteed through cooperation in a spirit of trust and a fair balancing of interests with our partners in the United Nations, G8, OSCE, NATO and especially the EU.
Germany is seeking to become a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. Former Foreign Minister Steinmeier announced the candidacy for 2019/20 in Hamburg on Monday (27 June). The elections are expected to take place at the General Assembly in June 2018.
Germany’s candidacy on the Security Council
The Treaty of Rome – 60 years on – why is it cause to celebrate?
60 years ago six European countries signed the Treaty of Rome – creating the European Economic Community (EEC) and the European Atomic Energy Community. It was a key moment, a little over ten years after the end of World War II. And it was the foundation of today’s EU and all its achievements. European unity is a political and economic success story.
Germany and Myanmar
The Federal Republic of Germany and the Republic of the Union of Myanmar established diplomatic relations in 1954.
Germany and Myanmar
The Federal Government has recast the strategic foundations of its security and defence policy. On 13 July 2016, the Federal Cabinet for the first time in ten years adopted a new White Paper on German Security Policy and the Future of the Bundeswehr.
Human rights policy is the responsibility of all policymakers in Germany: there can be no “human rights-free zones” either in foreign policy, security policy or in any other policy field.
Germany’s human rights policy
European Union and Asia
ASEAN has the longest tradition of regional cooperation with the EU.
The first Foreign Ministers Meeting took place in 1978, and in 1980 the two regional organizations formalized their relations with the signing of the EC-ASEAN Cooperation Agreement. In March 1996 the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) was established as a dialogue process and network at summit and ministerial level and to promote exchange among experts.
Germany and Myanmar both participate in this dialogue forum.
EU and Asia
German policy on Europe
After centuries of bloody conflict, the integration of states and their interests have defeated nationalism and brought Europe an anparalleled period of peace, prosperity and stability. That is why the completion of European integration is one of our top political objectives.