D-UK2

Deutschland mit Vereinigtem Königreich Großbritannien

                     Political and Cultural Partnerships

Germany and UK might not share the overlapping geographical borders yet the intertwined Historical and Cultural ties paint the two Nations almost as one, portraying them equally vital as the Leading Nations in Europe and in the World.

 

February 2016

      Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Sarajevo, 16 January 2015. UK GOV The UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Sarajevo, January  29, 2016 © UK Foreign Office

Article by UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Socio-Economic reforms in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

 

 

January 2016

The United Kingdom in Europe

An article by The Rt Hon Prime Minister David Cameron for the German Newspaper Bild.

How we are working to secure a better deal for Britain in Europe.

 

 

January 2016

The United Kingdom-Germany’s joint initiative on Bosnia-Herzegovina

Aussenminister Grossbritanniens Philipp Hammond mit Aussenminister Dr. Steinmeier 2014Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Berlin 2014 ©Federal Foreign Office/ Photothek /Imo

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, have been the Leading Force, with their joint Project initiated in November 2014,  designed to help the path for Bosnia and Herzegovina into EU membership.

January 2016

See UK’s implemented and the on going Projects

16.January 2015

UK-German joint Initiative on Bosnia-Herzegovina

Speech by Foreign Minister Frank‑Walter Steinmeier to the House of Representatives of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Speech by Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond to Parliament of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Stability in the Western Balkans, UK Government Policy 2010-2015

5. November 2014

Bosnia-Herzegovina – a new Strategic approach, speech by Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond

 

 

 

December 2015

Foreign Minister Dr. Steinmeier  travelled to London and met with his British Counterpart  Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond.

Germany and UK are working currenclty on several subject related to the crisis in Syrian:  to stop the civil war in Syria and end the terrorist activities of ISIS. Also on Bosnia and Herzegovina

On the upcoming UK referendum — Minister Steinmeier emphasized by saying:

“It’s no secret that we want a strong and effective European Union. And we want an EU in which Britain makes a real contribution as a committed member. I’ve said before in this room: I can’t even contemplate an EU without Britain.”  2 Dec 2015©Federal Foreign Office 

Foreign Minister Steinmeier and the UK’s Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond in a joint Inititive on “Bosnia and Herzegovina”

 

 

7 January 2015

German-UK Partnerships

On the first official trip of 2015, Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel visited London to meet with Prime Minister David Cameron.  The visit was to highlight the close partnerships between Germany and UK, simultaneously to discuss the various issues including the EU reform and Germany’s G7 Presidency

                          Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron 2015Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel and  Prime Minister David Cameron at the press conference,  London January 7th 2015 ©Bundesregierung/Kugler

Excerpt of the speech of the Prime Minister David Cameron at the press conference.

„Ich freue mich sehr, die Kanzlerin zu begrüßen. Liebe Angela, wieder herzlich willkommen in Downing Street!
Uns hat der Besuch im British Museum sehr gefallen. Es ist das älteste öffentliche Museum auf der Welt. Es gab eine fantastische Ausstellung zur deutschen Geschichte mit dem Kurator Neil MacGregor. Es hat sehr viel Spaß gemacht, diese Besichtigung des Museums vorzunehmen. Diese Ausstellung ist Zeugnis für die Zusammenarbeit zwischen unseren Nationen. Diese Zusammenarbeit wird stärker -ganz besonders, wenn die Königin im Juni ihren fünften Staatsbesuch in Deutschland absolvieren wird. Unsere Exporte nach Deutschland sind um 20 Prozent auf 3 Milliarden Pfund gestiegen, und die Exporte, die wir an Drittstaaten durchführen, sind damit übertroffen worden. Wir sehen uns als starke Partner.„

“I’m delighted to welcome the Chancellor back to Downing Street. I think we’ve very much enjoyed our visit to the British Museum, the oldest public museum in the world, and a stunning exhibition curated so brilliantly by Neil MacGregor, about German history and German memories, and it was very enjoyable to have that tour of the museum together. It’s a testament, the exhibition, to the collaboration between our 2 countries and I believe that collaboration will get stronger, particularly as the Queen will make her fifth state visit to Germany in June. Our exports from Germany are up by more than 20% since 2009, £43 billion, greater than all the exports we make to the BRIC countries combined. But there’s always more to do with your oldest and strongest partners.
We meet today against a backdrop of instability in the global economy. As leaders of Europe’s fastest growing major economies, we’re determined to ensure that we come out of the financial crisis stronger than we were at the start. We’ve both taken steps to pay down our debts, to encourage investment and innovation, and we both agree it’s vital that we stick to our long term economic plans.
It’s vital to seize the opportunities to increase economic growth, and that means making the most of the EU single market, and it means dismantling barriers to trade. We’re both very strong supporters of the EU-US trade deal this year. We launched that at the G8 at Lough Erne and we’re determined to make progress towards an ambitious and comprehensive deal by the time we gather for the G7 in Bavaria in June.”

On the subject of EU reform the Prime Minister emphasized:

“Also, we’ll be talking about EU reform – what we need to see in the European Union. We’ve discussed this many times in the past but I welcome very much the Chancellor’s willingness to work with us to find solutions. We’ve shown, I think, over the last 5 years what we can achieve together over the budget, over the single market, over making Europe more competitive. And, as I set out at Bloomberg 2 years ago, I profoundly believe the EU badly needs reform so it can adapt to a changing world and generate the jobs and the growth that our people need.
I want to fix the problems in Britain’s relationship with the EU, which the British people can find very frustrating. I’m convinced this can be done. As the Chancellor said when you last stood in this room, where there’s a will, there’s a way and that’s very much my attitude too. It’s about securing what is in the best long term interests of Britain and also, I believe, the long term interests of Europe too. And then of course, we will give the British people the final say in a referendum.
Angela, it’s great to welcome you here to number 10 Downing Street. I’m sorry that it’s on such a tragic day for the people of France, and indeed for people right across Europe. But as ever, it’s great working with you on all of these issues and more, and you’re very welcome here today.”

The highlight of the speech of die Bundeskanzelerin Angela Merker

“Thank you very much. Let me say that I’m delighted to receive such a warm reception by the Prime Minister, David Cameron.
Before we met for political talks here today, we had the opportunity to see the exhibition on Germany, on German history, and I was delighted to have the Prime Minister with me on this. He accompanied me on this tourGermany memories of a Nation    I think it’s remarkable and very important for 2 reasons: this shows indeed the very fruitful exchanges – mutual exchanges in past centuries, among European Nations.  It also shows the common foundation of our common history. And the fact that this exhibition takes place in the British Museum, one of the oldest and most important museums, is also something that tells us a little bit about globalisation. This exhibition makes it possible for us Germans to, from a different vantage point, look at German history. I think it’s most enriching, most valuable, and I think Neil MacGregor has done this in a great – a wonderful way. And I’m also delighted that so many British visitors have chosen to see this. The expectations of the museum apparently were completely exceeded, and I think that’s something that also pays tribute to the closeness of our two Peoples.”

©Bundesregierung/UK.Gov

 

 

5 November 2014

Außenminister Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond in a joined article outlined a set of proposal for a new start in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

                                  Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier -Foreign Secretary Philipp Hammond©UK in Germany
 

“The UK and Germany have already invested a great deal in Bosnia and Herzegovina over the last 20 years: our soldiers and police officers have taken part in NATO and EU missions to stabilise the country, and we have promoted the country’s economic development alongside our involvement at the political level. The fact that our efforts have not yet borne fruit is not a reason to give up and turn away. On the contrary, we must redouble our efforts to help Bosnia and Herzogovina transform its fortunes.
What the country desperately needs is stability and economic prosperity coupled with functioning democratic and judicial institutions. Accomplishing this requires far-reaching reforms which have been delayed far too long. While history shows us that the prospect of EU accession can encourage countries to enact essential reforms, for Bosnia and Herzegovina, riven with ethnic political divisions, it has not been able to work its magic. A new approach is essential.”

The joined statement in the article concludes:

“Germany and the United Kingdom are setting the ball rolling today; we are actively seeking the broad-based political support needed for success. We need our partners in the neighbouring states of Croatia and Serbia, as well as our partners in the EU and the USA to work alongside us. But above all, we are calling on Bosnia and Herzegovina’s politicians to adopt an approach that demonstrates leadership for all of the country, irrespective of ethnic interests.
Bosnia and Herzegovina needs a vision for the future that matches its status as a country at the heart of Europe. Its people deserve the rule of law, low crime rates, good public services, jobs and prosperity just as much as the citizens of neighbouring European states. Today we are offering the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina a way forward. We sincerely hope they will grasp it.”

  ©Federal Foreign office/Frankfurter Rundschau

 

 5 November 2014

Speech of Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond in the Aspen Institute conference, Berlin 5 November 2014

                Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond©UK in Germany

Thank you Frank-Walter.
I am delighted to be here today.  I thank the German Auswartiges Amt for facilitating, the Ambassador for hosting us and the Aspen Institute for organising this afternoon. Our meeting today is a potential turning point for Bosnia and Herzegovina. So I am delighted Foreign Minister Lagumdzija is here to represent his country. As Frank-Walter said, regional support is vital. I thank Foreign Minister Pusić for her important work on this issue, and Foreign Minister Dacic for his valuable cooperation. I am delighted you could join us.

Frank-Walter has set out why urgent change is needed to achieve that long-term goal. I share his assessment. Put simply, the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina have been waiting too long to see real progress on the real issues that matter to them: jobs; education and healthcare; crime; the rule of law and justice; and tackling corruption. It is nearly twenty years since war ended.
And I agree with Frank-Walter that it is high time that Bosnia and Herzegovina tasted the fruits of peace. The prospect of EU accession should be a spur to delivering the reform the country needs. But we have to face the facts: it hasn’t yet had the desired effect. Something in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as Frank-Walter says, is amiss.
And there’s a risk that some parties might use debate over long-running and important political and constitutional questions to slow progress on urgent socio-economic reform. After the bleakness and negativity of the election campaign, we have been encouraged by the more positive focus of the parties during coalition negotiations. We welcome the sense of urgency to form governments at all levels. And we welcome the consensus that Bosnia and Herzegovina should move quickly forward on its European path. We welcome too the focus on broader socio-economic reforms, alongside the long-running and important political and constitutional questions.
Our initiative is about reinforcing and supporting these efforts. We hope to see a broad-based government with a strong majority, able to get these things done.
So what is it that we are proposing?
First of all, we recognise that the economic and social challenges in Bosnia and Herzegovina mean that we need to broaden the reform agenda. Addressing the issue of minority rights and implementing the co-ordination mechanism are still important and are a pre-requisite for accession to the EU. But there are other priorities too. Stabilising and stimulating the economy. Creating jobs, especially for young people. Strengthening the rule of law. Reducing bureaucracy and cutting the costs of government.
And we believe that, if the new government is able to demonstrate a willingness and an ability to make progress on the broader reform agenda, then we should recognise and reward that progress through matched progress on the path to the EU. The more that is delivered, the more progress down that path can be achieved. Britain and Germany want to see progress in Bosnia and Herzegovina moved up the EU agenda. We want to work with you to ensure progress. And we are prepared to act as cheerleaders for Bosnia and Herzegovina’s EU candidacy within the EU once that progress is made.

So we will be recommending to our EU partners that we should first ask the leaders of Bosnia and Herzegovina to sign up to a twofold written re-commitment.

• First, to institutional reforms at all levels of the State, designed to make it more functional and able to work effectively with the EU; and

• Secondly to agree with the EU a roadmap for a broader reform agenda to advance Bosnia and Herzegovina on its EU accession path, including implementation of the Copenhagen political and economic criteria.

The reforms we are proposing are closely linked to the Compact for Growth and Jobs that was published earlier this year. Once the leaders of Bosnia and Herzegovina have signed up, we should bring the long-delayed Stabilisation and Association Agreement into force. Then we will need to see concrete steps to deliver that roadmap. Improving the functionality and efficiency of government. Implementing economic reforms. Once that is under way, we would support the submission of an application for EU membership. And once solid progress on delivering that agenda is made, then we would support the granting of candidate status to Bosnia and Herzegovina. Allowing it to catch up with other countries in the region, who have been moving further and faster towards the EU. Unlocking new opportunities for trade, assistance and regional co-operation.

And bringing huge, long-term benefits for Bosnia and Herzegovina’s economy, its infrastructure, its public services and, most importantly, its people.
So that’s the package: we, Britain and Germany, will work with Bosnia and Herzegovina on a plan to deliver reform. And once that plan is delivered, we will advocate for Bosnia and Herzegovina with our EU colleagues to ensure Bosnia and Herzegovina’s candidacy gets back on track. This is not about changing or reducing the conditionality of EU membership. There can be no exceptions. And the difficult issues of constitutional change cannot be avoided.
But it is about taking a pragmatic and flexible approach to the sequencing of reforms, aligning priorities more closely with the most urgent needs of the country, and being prepared to reward progress where we see it being made. At the same time, we will be prepared to be tougher should political leaders once again allow themselves to get stuck in the mud of ethnic bickering. We, Britain and Germany, the EU, have invested too much to allow Bosnia and Herzegovina to slide backwards. And we remain as committed as ever to our legal obligations to defend territorial integrity and to ensure a safe and secure environment.
What we are presenting today is a framework for a new strategic approach. We have more work to do with our European partners to flesh out the detail of the strategy, and to secure EU agreement to it. But we will put our weight behind it. And we want to use this initiative to deliver a new international unity and consensus in the approach to Bosnia and Herzegovina.

We hope these steps will encourage and empower the political leaders of Bosnia and Herzegovina to put behind them the years of wrangling and stagnation. To make the most of this pivotal moment. To seize the opportunity that we are offering. And to deliver real change. Giving hope to the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina. And bringing increased stability to the wider region.
Thank you.

 

                                                                  (The speech in German)

Vielen Dank, Frank-Walter.                                                                                                                    Ich freue mich, heute hier zu sein. Ich danke dem Auswärtigen Amt, das diese Konferenz ermöglicht hat, dem Botschafter als unserem Gastgeber und dem Aspen Institute als Veranstalter dieses Nachmittags. Unser heutiges Treffen könnte ein Wendepunkt für Bosnien und Herzegowina sein. Deshalb freue ich mich, dass Außenminister Lagumdžija hier ist, um sein Land zu vertreten. Wie Frank-Walter [Steinmeier] gesagt hat, ist die Unterstützung der Region unentbehrlich. Ich danke Außenministerin Pusić für ihre wichtige Arbeit in dieser Sache, und Außenminister Dačić für seine wertvolle Mitarbeit. Ich freue mich sehr, dass Sie hier sein können.

Frank-Walter  hat dargelegt, warum dringende Reformen notwendig sind, um dieses langfristige Ziel zu erreichen. Ich teile seine Einschätzung. Die Menschen in Bosnien und Herzegowina mussten einfach zu lange auf echte Fortschritte in den Bereichen warten, die ihnen wichtig sind: Arbeitsplätze, Bildung und Gesundheit, Kriminalität, Rechtsstaatlichkeit und Justiz, und Bekämpfung der Korruption. Seit dem Ende des Krieges sind fast zwanzig Jahre vergangen.

Wir sind uns auch einig, dass Bosnien und Herzegowina endlich die Früchte des Friedens ernten können sollten. Die Perspektive eines EU-Beitritts müsste ein Ansporn für sie sein, die Reform durchzuführen, die das Land braucht. Fakt ist aber, dass diese Perspektive noch nicht die gewünschte Wirkung gezeigt hat. Etwas in Bosnien und Herzegowina stimmt nicht, wie Herr Steinmeier sagte.

Außerdem besteht die Gefahr, dass einige Parteien die Diskussion über andauernde und wichtige politische und verfassungsrechtliche Fragen dazu nutzen könnten, um dringende sozio-ökonomische Reformen auszubremsen. Nach der deprimierenden und negativen Stimmung im Wahlkampf ist die positivere Haltung, die die Parteien in den Koalitionsverhandlungen einnehmen, ermutigend. Wir begrüßen es, dass die Regierungsbildung auf allen Ebenen schwungvoll in Angriff genommen wird. Wir begrüßen auch den Konsens, der darüber besteht, dass Bosnien und Herzegowina auf seinem Weg zur EU rasch voranschreiten soll. Und wir begrüßen es, dass allgemeinere sozio-ökonomische Reformen neben den anhaltenden wichtigen politischen und verfassungsrechtlichen Fragen verstärkt angepackt werden sollen.

Bei unserer Initiative geht es darum, diese Bemühungen zu verstärken und zu unterstützen. Wir wünschen uns eine breit aufgestellte Regierung mit einer starken Mehrheit, die diese Dinge durchsetzen kann.

Was also schlagen wir vor?

Erstens ist es aufgrund der wirtschaftlichen und gesellschaftlichen Probleme in Bosnien und Herzegowina nötig, die Reformagenda zu erweitern. Die Klärung der Frage der Minderheitenrechte und die Umsetzung der Koordinationsmechanismen sind immer noch wichtig und auch eine Voraussetzung für den EU-Beitritt. Aber daneben gibt es auch noch andere Prioritäten. Die Wirtschaft zu stabilisieren und zu fördern. Arbeitsplätze zu schaffen, vor allem für junge Menschen. Die Rechtsstaatlichkeit zu stärken. Bürokratie abzubauen und die Kosten der Regierung zu senken.

Und wenn die neue Regierung eine Bereitschaft und eine Fähigkeit erkennen lässt, die breitere Reformagenda voranzubringen, dann sollten wir diese Schritte anerkennen und mit entsprechenden Schritten bei der Annäherung an die EU belohnen. Je mehr Reformen sie umsetzt, desto weiter kann sie auf diesem Weg voranschreiten. Großbritannien und Deutschland wollen, dass die Entwicklung in Bosnien und Herzegowina auf der EU-Agenda nach oben rückt. Wir möchten mit Ihnen zusammenarbeiten, um Fortschritte zu erreichen. Und wir sind bereit, uns in der EU für eine Kandidatur Bosniens und Herzegowinas einzusetzen, sobald diese Fortschritte erzielt wurden.

Wir werden unseren EU-Partnern also empfehlen, die politische Führung von Bosnien und Herzegowina zunächst aufzufordern, eine zweifache schriftliche Verpflichtung einzugehen:

  • erstens, institutionelle Reformen auf allen staatlichen Ebenen, um die Funktionsfähigkeit des Staates zu verbessern und eine effektive Zusammenarbeit mit der EU zu ermöglichen;
  • zweitens, mit der EU einen Fahrplan für eine breitere Reformagenda auszuarbeiten, die Bosnien und Herzegowina auf dem Weg zum EU-Beitritt voranbringt und die Umsetzung der politischen und wirtschaftlichen Kriterien von Kopenhagen einschließt.

Die Reformen, die wir vorschlagen, sind eng an den Wachstums- und Beschäftigungspakt geknüpft, der vor einigen Monaten veröffentlicht wurde. Sobald die Führung von Bosnien und Herzegowina diese Verpflichtung eingegangen ist, sollten wir das lange aufgeschobene Stabilisierungs- und Assoziierungsabkommen in Kraft setzen. Danach erwarten wir konkrete Schritte zur Umsetzung des Fahrplans – Verbesserung der Funktionsfähigkeit und Effizienz der Regierung, Durchführung von Wirtschaftsreformen. Sobald das in Gang gesetzt ist, unterstützen wir Bosnien und Herzegowina darin, den Antrag auf EU-Mitgliedschaft zu stellen. Und wenn dann solide Fortschritte bei der Umsetzung dieser Agenda erzielt worden sind, unterstützen wir die Verleihung des Kandidatenstatus an Bosnien und Herzegowina. Dadurch könnte das Land wieder Anschluss an die anderen Staaten der Region gewinnen, die sich der EU schneller und weiter angenähert haben. Neue Möglichkeiten für Handel, Hilfe und regionale Zusammenarbeit würden entstehen. Und der Wirtschaft von Bosnien und Herzegowina, seiner Infrastruktur, seinem öffentlichen Dienstleistungssystem und vor allem seiner Bevölkerung würde es enorme Vorteile bringen.

So also sieht das Angebot aus: Wir, Großbritannien und Deutschland, werden mit Bosnien und Herzegowina bei einem Plan für die Umsetzung von Reformen zusammenarbeiten. Sobald der Plan umgesetzt ist, werden wir uns im Kreis unserer EU-Kollegen für Bosnien und Herzegowina einsetzen, damit das Kandidaturverfahren wieder in Gang kommt. Es geht nicht darum, an der Konditionalität der EU-Mitgliedschaft zu rütteln. Ausnahmen darf es nicht geben. Und das schwierige Thema der verfassungsrechtlichen Reformen kann nicht umgangen werden.

Vielmehr geht es darum, an die Abfolge der Reformen pragmatisch und flexibel heranzugehen, Prioritäten nach der Dringlichkeit der Bedürfnisse des Landes zu setzen, bereit zu sein, Fortschritte, wo sie erkennbar sind, zu honorieren. Gleichzeitig werden wir notfalls auch mehr Härte zeigen, falls die politischen Führer sich erneut in den Sumpf ethnischer Streitigkeiten hineinziehen lassen sollten. Wir, Großbritannien und Deutschland, die EU, haben zu viel investiert, um einen Rückfall von Bosnien und Herzegowina zuzulassen. Und wir bekennen uns wie eh und je zu unseren rechtlichen Verpflichtungen, die territoriale Unversehrtheit zu verteidigen und für ein sicheres Umfeld zu sorgen.

Was wir heute vorschlagen, ist ein Rahmen für ein neues strategisches Konzept. Wir müssen noch zusammen mit unseren europäischen Partnern die Details der Strategie ausarbeiten und die Zustimmung der EU erwirken. Aber wir werden uns engagieren. Und wir wollen diese Initiative nutzen, um gegenüber Bosnien und Herzegowina eine neue Geschlossenheit und Einigkeit auf internationaler Ebene herbeizuführen.

Wir hoffen, dass diese Schritte die politische Führung von Bosnien und Herzegowina ermuntern und befähigen werden, die Jahre des Streits und der Stagnation hinter sich zu lassen. Diesen entscheidenden Moment zu nutzen. Die Chance, die wir ihnen bieten, zu ergreifen. Und einen echten Wandel herbeizuführen. Den Menschen in Bosnien und Herzegowina Hoffnung zu geben. Und mehr Stabilität in die gesamte Region zu tragen.

Vielen Dank.

 ©UK.gov November 2014

 

5 November 2015

On November 5th 2014 Ambassador Dr. Ammon presented his letters of credentials to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. at the Buckingham Palace.
With a traditional diplomatic ceremony the Ambassador and his wife, left the Botschaft for the Buckingham Palace with the a red royal horse-drawn carriage, and were escorted by Her Majesty’s Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps, Alistair Harrison.

                  Ambassador Dr.Ammon at the Buckingham Palace 5.November 2014Ambassador Dr. Ammon and his wife at the Buckingham Palace 5 November 2014 ©Deutsche Botschaft London

 

The Ambassador and his wife were accompanied by Defence Attaché Brigadier General Martin Hein and the Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy.

“Presenting my credentials to HM the Queen is a highlight of my diplomatic career. This was a very special occasion marked by centuries-old traditions of protocol at the Court of St. James’s, but above all lit up by Her Majesty’s marvellous warmth. Of course nothing can be revealed about our conversation, other than that she combines wonderful personal charm and deep knowledge of foreign affairs in a quite unforgettable way.” elaborated the Ambassador on the occasion of the day.    ©Deutsche Botschaft London

 

October 2014

On 20  October 2014  in the British Museum in London there was an official opening of the exhibition on  Germany: Memories of a Nation at the British Museum The exhibition projects the 600 years history of Deutschland and the fall of Berlin Wall. For more information please see the site.

Germany at the British Museum

http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/germany_memories_of_a_nation.aspx

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04dwbwz

 

19 September 2014

Germany welcomes the result of the referendum in Scotland

“We wish the United Kingdom to remain a strong and committed partner in Europe, and look forward to continuing our close and trusting co-operation.”  expressed the Federal Foreign Minister Dr.Steinmeier on Germany’s position on the referendum in Scotland.

“We in Germany have followed with great interest the passionate debate across the United Kingdom on the possibility of Scottish independence.  This debate highlights the United Kingdom’s exemplary democratic culture, something I deeply respect.  The result is clear,  the people want a strong Scotland within a strong United Kingdom.  I believe that this is a positive decision for Scotland, for the United Kingdom and also for Europe.”    continued the Federal Foreign Minister.   ©Deutsche Botschaft London

 

 11 September 2014

The Foreign Minister of Great Britain Philipp Hammond visited Berlin to further the Great Britain-German partnerships on many fronts including the International issues and the global Security.

                                    Aussenminister Grossbritanniens Philipp Hammond mit Aussenminister Dr. Steinmeier 2014Außenminister Großbritanniens Philip Hammond mit Außenminister Dr. Steinmeier, Berlin  2014  ©Federal Foreign Office/ Photothek /Imo

 

During the meeting, the Foreign Ministers of UK and Deutschland, did emphasize the importance and meaningful relations of both counties.

“I think that a German Foreign Minister would be well-advised to refrain from interfering in internal British politics.                                                                     But I’ll openly admit that I would be more comfortable with the idea of Great Britain staying together.”  answered the Federal Foreign Minister Dr. Walter Steinmeier during the press conference in regard to Scottish Independence referendum of  September 2014.

In regard to Security of Iraq, the Foreign Minister of UK elaborated that Germany has made a significant contribution and it is a key importance that Deutschland plays a Leading role in defending the security of democratic nations.

 

For further news on German-UK:

https://twitter.com/germanembassy

https://twitter.com/UKinGermany

 

 

February 2014
The press conference of Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel with the Prime Minister David Cameron. February 2014


©Downing Street 27 February 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

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