Foreign and European Policy

Deutscher UNIFIL-Marine-Soldat

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.

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.

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.

Jestina Mukoko

European Union Guidelines on Human Rights Defenders

Germany and the European Union are actively engaged in the protection of human rights defenders. The EU has drawn up guidelines to ensure that this protection is guaranteed in the long term.

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.

The Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs

Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas

Heiko Maas has been Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs since 14 March 2018.

Information from the Federal Foreign Office

Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik

The German Insitute for International and Security Affairs offers papers, doucments and other information on international politics.