Foreign and European Policy
The German contribution to UNIFIL Maritime Task Force
Since 2006, the German marine is contributing to the UNIFIL maritime mission in Lebanon which aims at supporting the lebanese marine in securing Lebanon's maritime borders. For more information (mainly in German) on this issue, please see the links below.
Information on the German UNIFIL mission (in German)
The Middle East - Focal point of attention
In addition to other regions, the Middle East has become a focal point of attention in German and European foreign policy.
Middle East Policy
Foreign policy issues
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, NATO, G8, OSCE and EU.
Germany strengthens international law
Germany has, with a declaration made in New York on 1 May 2008, recognized the compulsory jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in accordance with Art. 36 (2) of the ICJ Statute. Germany may thus now be a party to any dispute before the Court brought by or against another state that has also declared its acceptance of the Court's compulsory jurisdiction. The ICJ in The Hague is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations. As a member of the United Nations, Germany is also a party to the Court's Statute.
Germany recognized the compulsory jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) [pdf, 56.48k]