Background Working conditions in the globalised textile industry | Germany is pursuing a broad range of efforts in support of environmental and social standards at various levels

Worldwide, there are more than 60 million people working in the textile and garment industry – most of them in developing and emerging economies. The industry is characterised by close international integration and complex supply chains. Its contribution to economic growth and development is significant. In some countries, however, production and working conditions do not…

Digital summit in Dortmund: Data sovereignty is paramount — Office of the Federal Government

At the German government’s digital summit in Dortmund, Chancellor Angela Merkel has advocated data sovereignty and called for European solutions in the field of digital infrastructure. The supranational cloud Gaia-X was presented. Chancellor Angela Merkel at the digital summit – European solutions for digital infrastructure -Photo: Bundesregierung/Bergmann At this year’s digital summit, Chancellor Angela Merkel…

Portugal : Europe’s oasis of social democracy | Germany: What is Social Democracy? Watch Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung’s videos

The Portuguese Socialists will most likely win this Sunday’s elections. But will its alliance with the radical left survive? Socialst leader Antonio Costa attends an election campaign event By Reinhard Naumann | 03.10.2019 Until recently, polls indicated a clear victory for the Socialist Party (PS) in Sunday’s parliamentary elections in Portugal. Even the absolute majority…

Germany: New label for textiles – Minister Gerd Müller introduces the "Green Button", a publicly endorsed textile label

Berlin – Today, German Development Minister Gerd Müller introduced the Green Button, a publicly endorsed textile certification mark. For the launch, 27 companies are already signed up. They have successfully passed the demanding scrutiny for the new textile label. Another 26 companies are currently going through the process of scrutiny. Presentation of the publicy endorsed…

Legal certainty for all UK nationals in Germany

The German Government approved the Brexit Residence Act today (31 July) for a situation where the UK withdraws from the EU without the Withdrawal Agreement. Flags of Germany, the UK and the EU© Monika Skolimowska/dpa-Zentralbild/dpa The aim of the bill is to create legal certainty for all UK nationals and their families who have made…

Help for two and a half million people in Palestine — Federal Foreign Office of Germany

Half of the population of the Palestinian territories is dependent on humanitarian assistance. So that help can be provided even where the necessary finance is unavailable, Germany supports the United Nations Country-Based Pooled Fund. Aid projects run by local and international organisations ensure better living conditions on the ground., © Secours Islamique France Great humanitarian…

Alliance of multilateralists: Fostering a network of international team players | What is multilateralism? — Federal Foreign Office of Germany

Populists and authoritarian governments are calling international cooperation more and more into question. Foreign Minister Maas is working on a new network for greater cooperation. In an age of “America First”, values such as cooperation, respect for international law and free trade are under pressure worldwide. That is why Foreign Minister Maas wants to build…

Merkel Harvard commencement speech: ‘Tear down walls of ignorance’ — DW News | Angela Merkel Makes Swipe At President Trump At Harvard — NBC News, Watch Videos

Merkel Harvard commencement speech: ‘Tear down walls of ignorance’ — DW News German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivered this years commencement address at Harvard University. Her advice to the graduates was spiked with indirect criticism of Donald Trump’s policies. She spoke of halting global warming, eradicating starvation, eliminating diseases, giving people, especially girls, access to education…

Abrahamic Teams and interfaith dialogue: Conquering prejudice face-to-face — Claudia Mende spoke to the projectʹs initiator, Jurgen Micksch on Qantara de, Germany

Overcoming prejudice and clearing up misunderstandings through direct encounters: thatʹs the goal of Abrahamic Teams. A Christian, a Jew and a Muslim inform people together about their different faiths. Claudia Mende spoke to the projectʹs initiator, Jurgen Micksch Mr Micksch, what inspired you to create the Abrahamic Teams? Jurgen Miksch: In 2001, a teacher at…

Resolution 2467: ending sexual violence in conflicts | UN Security Council adopted a resolution sponsored by Germany on combating sexual violence in conflicts and strengthening victims

The UN Security Council has adopted a resolution sponsored by Germany on combating sexual violence in conflicts and strengthening victims. Whether in Sierra Leone, Syria, Myanmar or Iraq, sexual violence is being used as a tactic in armed conflicts to an increasing extent. Germany has therefore made protection against sexual violence a priority of its…

Germany: Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue- Global energy transition changes geopolitical framework

The shift to renewable energy sources is reducing geopolitical dependencies. The Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue at the Federal Foreign Office provides a platform to discuss the impact of the global energy transition. Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2018, © Thomas Koehler/photothek.net Investment in renewable energy sources has overtaken investment in fossil fuels such as oil and…

Germany: “Doing nothing isn’t an option.” Rethinking arms control — Foreign Minister Heiko Maas | Political Declaration of Germany, Netherland and Sweden at the Conference 2019

New high‑tech weapons are making the world an ever more dangerous place, and important disarmament agreements are in serious difficulties. Foreign Minister Maas wants to start a new dialogue on disarmament. A conference in Berlin marked the start of this initiative. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas speaking at the Conference on Capturing Technology – Rethinking Arms…

Tesla and Elon Musk – the future of electric cars | DW Documentary | The film also shows how much German technology is hidden in Tesla models, and how both Musk and new Chinese competition are betting on German expertise

Tesla, Elon Musk’s electric car manufacturing company, initially appeared to leave the rest of the car industry behind. But competition has become tougher. In the running to establish electric vehicles, Tesla initially appeared to have left the rest of the car industry in the dust. But things have gotten tougher for Elon Musk’s crown jewel…