1. Amtsuebergabe Steinmeier Gabriel Handover: Sigmar Gabriel is Germany’s new Foreign Minister
  2. OSCE Ministerial Council in Hamburg: making Europe a safe place through cooperation
  3. 57 delegations participated at the meeting in Potsdam Informal Meeting of OSCE Foreign Ministers held in Potsdam under German Chairmanship
Amtsuebergabe Steinmeier Gabriel

Handover: Sigmar Gabriel is Germany’s new Foreign Minister

On Friday (27 January), outgoing Foreign Minister Frank‑Walter Steinmeier handed over to his successor, Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, at a ceremony at the Federal Foreign Office. Gabriel said that Europe, transatlantic relations and multilateralism were the cornerstones of German foreign policy. “Foreign policy today means conducting international politics that does justice to the longing for more equitable and stable globalisation with more winners and fewer losers.”

OSCE Ministerial Council in Hamburg: making Europe a safe place through cooperation

With over 40 foreign ministers, almost 80 delegations and 400 journalists – the world’s largest regional security organisation is coming to Hamburg. The OSCE Ministerial Council is meeting in the Hanseatic City from Wednesday to Friday. Foreign Minister Steinmeier thanked the citizens of Hamburg for their hospitality.

57 delegations participated at the meeting in Potsdam

Informal Meeting of OSCE Foreign Ministers held in Potsdam under German Chairmanship

In his capacity as Chairperson-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), former Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier welcomed a large number of his counterparts from the OSCE participating States to Potsdam on Thursday (1 September). The focus of the informal meeting was on the common challenges as regards security in the OSCE area and on enhancing cooperation between the OSCE participating States.

German OSCE Chairmanship 2016

In 2016, Germany had the responsible task of holding the OSCE Chairmanship. The OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in 2016 was the then German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. He was assisted by the Special Representative of the Federal Government for the OSCE Chairmanship, Gernot Erler. Gernot Erler will remain our OSCE Special Representative in 2017. Germany’s OSCE Ambassador Eberhard Pohl headed the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna during Germany’s Chairmanship

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Speech by Germany's OSCE Special Representative Gernot Erler at the UN Security Council

On 21 February 2017 the issue of conflicts in Europe was discussed at the UN Security Council in New York, which convened under Ukrainian Chairmanship. In this context, the German OSCE Special Representative Gernot Erler delivered a speech in which he called for close cooperation between the UN and regional organisations in order to improve conflict prevention and settlement. He urged all participants to the meeting to solve conflicts on the basis of international law and OSCE commitments. Find here the text of the full speech.

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Statement by Ambassador Pohl on the International Holocaust Remembrance Day

On 26 January 2017, one day ahead of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the current Chair of IHRA (International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance), Ambassador Mihnea Constantinescu from Romania, addressed the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna. On this occasion, Germany’s OSCE Ambassador Eberhard Pohl stressed in his reply to Constantinescu: “For Germany, “NEVER AGAIN” is the driving force for our commitment to a united Europe and for our awareness that freedom and rule of law, plurality and tolerance are of paramount importance.” During the 2016 OSCE Chairmanship, Germany had made promoting tolerance, diversity and non-discrimination, in particular combatting anti-Semitism, a priority. An important project by ODIHR, which is supported by Germany, is “Words into Action”.

Evaluation Report: Human Rights in Germany

During the OSCE Chairmanship Germany made an independent evaluation of the implementation of OSCE-committments in the Human Dimension. With that it followed the examples by the Swiss (2014) and Serbian (2015) Chairmanships.

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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. 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.

The Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs

Sigmar Gabriel

Sigmar Gabriel

The Permanent Representative

Ambassador Eberhard Pohl

Ambassador Eberhard Pohl heads the Permanent Mission of Germany to the OSCE.

OSCE Chairmanship 2017

On 1 January 2017 Austria assumed the OSCE Chairmanship.

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EU Council Presidency

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In the first half of 2017, Malta will hold the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.