Foreign policy

German foreign policy is firmly embedded in multilateral cooperation
German foreign policy is firmly embedded in multilateral cooperation Westend 61

Civil policy-shaping power

Germany is widely involved in multilateral cooperation and promotes peace, security, democracy, and human rights all over the world.
The United Nations’ 2030 Agenda aims to advance sustainable development in important areas for the future
The United Nations’ 2030 Agenda aims to advance sustainable development in important areas for the future Joerg Boethling
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German development policy is geared to improving living conditions in partner countries, reducing poverty, and strengthening democracy.
The Bundeswehr is involved in numerous missions abroad, for example the European Training Mission in Mali (EUTM)
The Bundeswehr is involved in numerous missions abroad, for example the European Training Mission in Mali (EUTM) 2013 Bundeswehr/Bier
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Germany is committed to a just, peaceful, and stable international order. Crisis prevention and disarmament are important focal points of efforts in this regard.
European Union
European Union GettyImages/Echo
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Germany is one of the founding European Union member states and even in difficult times supports European cohesion.

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North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
German accession in 1955
United Nations (UN)
German accession in 1973
Organization for Security and ­Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)
German ­accession on foundation in 1973 (at the time still the Conference on ­Security and Co-operation in ­Europe, CSCE)

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million people live in the 28 member states of the European Union. This gives it the third largest population after China and India. Its citizens speak 24 languages and live in an area covering four million square kilometres. GDP totals 13.92 trillion euros and is bigger than that of the USA. With a share of 15.4 percent of exports and 16.4 percent of imports, the EU leads the way in worldwide trade.

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The Human Rights Council in Geneva is the United Nations’ most important human rights committee
The Human Rights Council in Geneva is the United Nations’ most important human rights committee EPA/Valentin Flauraud
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The respect of human rights in enshrined in the Basic Law. Germany is also committed to protecting people worldwide from violations of their rights and basic freedom.
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 in Germany.
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Civil society

The many non-government organisations in Germany also champion the global enforcement of human rights, progress in development policy, and humanitarian assistance. They encourage the politicians responsible to take action and raise awareness for such ­activities among the population. But they also take active steps themselves, collect donations and co­ordinate projects of their own. Around 120 ­organisations make up VENRO, the umbrella organisation of non-governmental development organisations.

United Nations Building New York
United Nations Building New York Bill Losh/Getty Images
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A short overview of further information about foreign policy, plus associated links.
Those opposed to the EU have loud voices. But what about the innumerable amount of people who support Europe and the EU? They want to help shape a united Europe – and now they’re making sure their voices are heard.
European unity is a political and economic success story.
Every third woman in Europe becomes a victim of violence in the course of her life. Since 2013, people in more than 200 countries around the world get up and dance together once a year in protest at violence towards girls and women. The campaign is called One Billion Rising, and it was founded by New York artists and activist Eve Ensler.

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