Feature Stories from Germany

100th Anniversary of Writer Heinrich Böll

Heinrich Theodor Böll, who was the sixth child of Viktor Böll, master carpenter and woodcarver, and his wife Maria, was born in Cologne on 21 December, when wartime hunger was at its worst. Böll was ...


The 2030 Agenda: Global goals for sustainable development

In 2015 the international community adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It is a roadmap for the future with the overriding objective of enabling people to live in dignity everywhere i...

Advent in Germany

The Advent season is eagerly awaited by many Germans as they enjoy the anticipation and preparation for the celebration of Christmas. Traditional customs and activities of the ‘Adventszeit’ in Germany...


Spargelzeit - the 'asparagus season'

The 'Spargelzeit' is one of the most important dates on the German culinary calendar. From mid-April to 24 June every year, Germans go mad for white asparagus, when the average German will consume a s...


German tradition: Sternsinger

Every year between Christmas and Epiphany, hundreds of thousands of German kids travel from house to house singing carols and collecting money for good causes. These kids are known as Sternsinger ("st...

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500th anniversary of the Reformation

Five hundred years ago, on 31 October 1517, legend has it that theology professor Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg. The posting of these theses in Wittenberg marks the beginning of the Reformation. The far reaching theological, cultural and political consequences of the Reformation make its anniversary in 2017 not only a church affair, but a central global event in cultural history.

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From German capital to sustainability capital: the UN Campus in Bonn

Since 1994, when the law dividing up ministries and institutions between Bonn and Berlin was passed, it hasn't been a one-way street to Berlin.  Bonn has reinvented itself as the United Nations’ base...

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Final of the International German Olympics held in the Weltsaal at the Federal Foreign Office

For two weeks, the participants have been bravely battling their way through adjective declensions and nominal constructions – but above all, they have proved their intercultural skills and made friends from all over the world. A ceremony was held at the Federal Foreign Office on Friday (29 July 2016) to pay tribute to the participants and winners of this year’s International German Olympics.

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Germany’s candidacy for a seat on the Security Council in 2019/20

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.

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Upper Franconian Municipality Wunsiedel Reaches Climate Goals Early Thanks to Wind, Bioenergy and Co.

In June 2016 the Bavarian town of Wunsiedel was honored as “Energy Municipality of the Month” by the Renewable Energies Agency. The town already reached its self-chosen climate and energy goals for 2020 this year.

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Could Germany show the way for Singapore's economic transformation project?

In his Budget speech last month, Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat announced an Industry Transformation Programme, which aims to “drive industry-level transformation” and “lead the development of indust...

International Nuremberg Principles Academy

Students from NUS participate in the International Moot Court

On July 31 and August 1, an International Moot Court will be held in Courtroom 600 in Nuremberg. International student teams will prepare the arguments of the prosecution and the defense in a fictitious case. The case will be presented in a simulated trial in the historical Courtroom 600, the same room where the “major” war criminals of the National Socialist Party were prosecuted. Twenty teams of law students from all over the world – including a team from the National University of Singapore (NUS) – will participate in the contest.

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Berlin hosts European Maccabi Games

The European Maccabi Games (EMG) is the largest Jewish European sporting event. The championship are held every four years in a different European city. For the first time in the 86-year history of the Maccabi Games, the event will take place in Germany. From 27 July until 5 August, athletes from 37 European countries will be competing in Berlin’s Olympic Park. The German Government, for which these Games are very special, is supporting the event; several Cabinet ministers are patrons of the Games.

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German economy in upturn

German business confidence rebounded in July as hopes of an end to the Greek debt crisis helped to offset concerns among industry leaders in Europe's biggest economy about global growth. The Munich-ba...

Typisches Start-Up in Berlin

The trend to sharing

The global trend to sharing is increasingly popular also in Germany – and is changing entire industries. Whether with cars, tools, gardens or cooks, the culture of sharing is becoming increasingly po...

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Bonn – capital city of biodiversity

Following the example of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the aim of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) in Bonn is to ensure tha...

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Frankfurt tops Sustainable Cities Index

Frankfurt and Berlin are among the most sustainable cities in the world, according to a new index based on social, environmental and economic criteria among 50 cities from 31 countries. The research ...

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