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The Embassy will be closed on December 24 - 27 as well as on December 31 and January 1.
Chaillot Prize 2014 for Bahraini Institutions
On 9 December, the eve of the worldwide commemoration of Human Rights Day, Ambassador Adam Kulach, Head of the EU Delegation in Riadh, presented the Chaillot Prize for the Promotion of Human Rights in the GCC region in 2014 to Bahrain's National Institution for Human Rights and to the Ombudsman for the Ministry of Interior in the presence of the Ambassadors of the four Memberstates permanently represented in Bahrain (France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom). The Chaillot Prize is presented annually by the Delegation of the European Union in Riyadh (also responsible for relations with the Kingdom of Bahrain), in co-operation with the Delegation of the European Union to the United Arab Emirates and the Embassies of the European Union Member States to GCC countries, to civil society organizations and public or private institutions for actions, campaigns and projects which support human rights awareness, promotion and protection in the GCC region. The Prize is named after the Palais de Chaillot in Paris where the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted on 10 December 1948 by the United Nations General Assembly.
The accomplishments recognized by the two awards were the two first annual reports by the two institutions. The reports can be downloaded from their respective websites:
On 10 December 2014, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the German Embassy and the Isa Cultural Center. The partnership began in May 2014, when Germany donated about 300 books, represent...
German Ambassador strongly condemns new acts of violence on 9 December 2014
“I was deeply shocked when I learned about the senseless bomb attacks in Demistan and Karzakan that killed a policeman and a civilian. I offer my sincere condolences to the families of the victims. Such acts of violence cannot be justified by any cause. Violence undermines ongoing efforts to overcome political tensions and rebuild trust and confidence necessary for preparing the ground for a sustainable reform process.”
Study visit of the NIHR and the Ombudsman to Berlin
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Representatives of the National Institution for Human Rights (NIHR), the Ombudsman Office and the Prisoners and Detainees Rights Commission took part in a study visit to Berlin/ Germany from 23 to 28 November 2014 organized by the German Foundation for International Legal Cooperation (IRZ) and supported by the German Federal Foreign Office. The EU Chaillot Prize 2014 for the Protection of Human Rights in the GCC region will be presented this year to the National Institution for Human Rights (NIHR) and the Ombudsman Office for their engagement favouring human rights promotion and awareness in the GCC region.
German Academic Exchange Service
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On 23 and 24 November 2015, Dr. Frens Stoeckel, regional representative for DAAD - German Academic Exchange Service, visited Bahrain to hold talks with universities, prospective students and representatives of the education sector. One of his meetings was with Prof. Waheeb Al-Nasir, Vice President of the University of Bahrain. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is an association of higher education institutions and student bodies in the Federal Republic of Germany. The DAAD promotes international academic exchange and acts as an intermediary organisation in the field of foreign cultural, science and education policy as well as in the field of higher education cooperation with countries in all regions of the world.
On 23 / 24 November 2014 AGYA - the Arab-German Young Academy for Sciences and Humanities held its first workshop in Bahrain. The Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA) aims to establish a community of 25 Arab and 25 German outstanding researchers, who are at an early stage in their academic careers. The Arabian Gulf University is AGYA's partner in Bahrain. About 20 AGYA members participated in the workshop on education which was funded by the German Embassy.
25 years “Fall of the Berlin Wall “
The peaceful revolution and the fall of the Wall in autumn 1989 cleared the way for German reunification on 3 October 1990
The Berlin Wall enclosed West Berlin from August 13, 1961 to November 9, 1989, cutting a line through the entire city center. It was supposed to prevent East Berliners and citizens of East Germany from fleeing to the West, but the Wall was unable to entirely stop the mass of people from fleeing. With the downfall of East Germany in 1989, the Berlin Wall that the SED had for so long tried to use to maintain its power, also fell. The fall of the Wall marked the definitive end of its dictatorship.
German-Austrian Duo Woyke/Kleinhapl again in Bahrain, a special musical treat
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The outstanding German-Austrian Duo Andreas Woyke (piano) and Friedrich Kleinhapl (violoncello) gave two concerts in Bahrain. On 16 November 2014 they performed in the German Ambassador's Residence. Representatives of the Government, Parliament and Shura-Council as well as the Bahraini and German business and cultural community and diplomats were invited. The concert was followed by a second one at Shaikh Ebrahim bin Mohammed Center for Culture and Research on 17 November 2014 where the duo presented classical works by Ludwig van Beethoven, César Franck, Johannes Brahms and Sergej Rachmaninow as well as tangos from the recently recorded CD “Pasión Tango. Friedrich Kleinhapl played on a highly prestigious 1743 Guadagnini cello.
"A time of extremely complex problems"
Foreign Minister Steinmeier gave an interview on the European Union's Common Foreign and Security Policy to deutschland.de.
Berlin Conference on the Syrian Refugee Situation - supporting stability in the region - 28 October 2014
In response to the request of Syria’s neighbours and urgent calls for action by the UN, Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has invited 40 foreign ministers and heads of UN agencies to the “Conference on the Syrian Refugee Situation – supporting stability in the region” due to take place in Berlin on 28 October 2014.
Further information on the Conference
Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa for official talks in Berlin on 21/ 22 October 2014
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On 21 October 2014, Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier received his counterpart Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa in Berlin. Apart from bilateral relations, the talks focused on regional issues, including the joint commitment within the international alliance against terror militia IS. During his official visit to Germany, Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa also met Vice President of the German Bundestag Petra Pau and Federal Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen. Furthermore he discussed with students the current situation in the region and possible solutions.
German Embassy celebrates Day of German Unity
German Ambassador Sabine Taufmann hosted a reception on the occasion of the Day of German Unity which was attended by H.E. Khalifa bin Ahmed Al-Dhahrani, Chairman of the Council of Representatives, H.E. Dr. Hasan Fakhro, Minister of Commerce and Industry, H.E. Sameera Rajab, State Minister of Information and Spokeswoman of the Government, H.E. Abdulla Abdullatif Abdulla, Undersecretary for Foreign Affairs as well as Members of Parliament and Shura Council, representatives of the Government, the business and cultural community and the civil society. The German community and its guests were commemorating the outbreak of the First World War 100 ago and of the Second World War 75 years ago and at the same time the fall of the Wall 25 years ago that ended the Cold War era and the division of Germany.
German presidency of the G7
Germany assumed the presidency of the G7 at the G7 summit in Brussels at the beginning of June 2014. On 7 and 8 June 2015, Germany will host the meeting of the heads of state and government. The summit will provide an opportunity to discuss current international challenges and to make progress on new topics in the international context.
Further information is available on the following websites:
The EU Member States welcomed the legislative elections
The EU Member States' Ambassadors of Italy, France, Germany and the United Kingdom based in Bahrain, in their statement of 24 September welcomed the legislative elections to be held on 22 and 29 November 2014, and encouraged the participation of all political societies and the people of Bahrain in the electoral process in the spirit of national reconciliation.
It is therefore with deep disappointment that the EU Member States' Ambassadors based in Bahrain note the announcement on 11 October by the National Democratic Opposition societies that they will boycott the legislative and municipal elections. Given the regional situation, we believe it imperative for rebuilding the trust and confidence necessary for stability and progress in Bahrain that all those committed to the democratic process participate in the elections. We therefore urge the National Democratic Opposition parties to reconsider their boycott.
Life Links: DW launches multimedia documentary series
"What holds you back" - that question is the starting point for Life Links. Young people around the world represent both the target audience and protagonists for DW's new documentary-style format.
Further information on the new documentary-style format
During a meeting on 15 September 2014 in the German Residence, German business representatives met the Chairman of the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) Khalid Almoayyed, Deputy Chairman...
Dinner with the German Business Roundtable
News of Deutsche Welle available worldwide via Outernet
Deutsche Welle has signed an agreement with the newly-launched Outernet as an additional content distribution channel. The satellite-based Internet provider promises free access to information.
Press release on "Outernet"
Internship in Germany
An internship can be a great way to try a career on for size or get your foot in the door in your preferred field. This month at Young Germany we have all the information you’ll need to find, apply for, and keep an internship in Germany.
Information on an internship in Germany
GERMAN LANGUAGE COURSES
You are interested in learning German? We offer language courses for teenagers and adults (beginners and advanced). Our next term will start on 11 January 2015. Registrations are accepted at any time. Contact by email:
New laptops for the German language courses
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Teachers of the German language courses received new laptops for lessons held in the MoE Teacher Training Center. With kind support of Dr. Shaker Alaradi (2. left) all laptops are now connected to the ministry’s Active- and Smart boards. We are glad to offer now the best communicational German classes with the latest technology. We are thanking the Ministry of Education for hosting the German language courses.
Germany won the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil
It is the fourth time that the German team has won the World Cup following 1954, 1974 and 1990.
Federal President Joachim Gauck and Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel travelled to Brazil to follow the final match, congratulate the team and thank the Brazilian host. His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa sent a congratulation cable to Chancellor Merkel. One million fans welcomed the 2014 World Cup winners in Berlin.
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The German Embassy would like to thank the Bahraini football fans for their support and their congratulation messages!
The German Embassy Team
German Ambassador condemns new act of violence in East Eker on 4 July 2014
I strongly condemn the new act of violence in East Eker on 4 July and I am deeply saddened to learn that the on-duty policeman Mahmood Fareed injured has since succumbed to his injuries. I offer my sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the slain officer.
The new escalation of violence at the beginning of the Holy Month of Ramadan is detrimental to overcoming the political differences and preparing the ground for a sustainable political reform process and meaningful national reconciliation.
Delegation in Germany
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Between 15 and 22 June 2014, a group of experts on the rights of women and children from the Arabian peninsula were invited by the Federal Foreign Office to visit Germany. They were briefed on the latest initiatives on the political, juridical and practical level to protect women’s and children’s rights in Germany. Field visits included the Federal Ministry of Justice, the Federal Ministry of the Interior, a court of first instance and a hospital. The delegation met with Federal Foreign Minister Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier and with the Deputy Speaker of the German Parliament Ms. Claudia Roth.
Nowadays European policy covers all policy fields. To be an effective advocate of Germany’s interests in Europe, the Federal Government needs efficient policy coordination mechanisms.
German policy on Europe
The question "Do we still need the European Union?" may be asked – and it can still be answered with an unequivocal "Yes". Ten reasons are outlined here.
The special issue of DE Magazin Deutschland on the subject “Remembrance and commemoration” focuses on three anniversaries in 2014. The First World War broke out 100 years ago. The Second World War began 75 years ago. The fall of the Wall 25 years ago was the first step on the path to German reunification. Essays by and interviews with renowned historians and political scientists analyse the events and their effects on the present. Young people from Europe, the United States and Israel describe how they feel about these historical events and why they actively support their commemoration.
Remembrance and commemoration – First World War, Second World War, fall of the Wall
“Make it in Germany!” Take a look at our website to see how skilled professionals like yourself can come to live and work in Germany. German firms are facing a genuine skills shortage that is expected to continue into the future. The German Government has therefore set up this website to help business and industry find the specialists they need. Welcome to Germany!
Make it in Germany
Smart solutions developed in Germany are providing innovative answers to global challenges of energy demand, climate change, and a global population in transformation.
The 20th anniversary of German reunification in October 2010 provided an ideal window of opportunity for Germany Trade & Invest to communicate this important marketing message to a global audience with the official launch of its “GERMANY. SMART SOLUTIONS. SMARTER BUSINESS.” international media campaign.
Germany. Smart Solutions. Smarter Business.
German Health Care Works Worldwide
Germany's health care service works for the people it serves, at home and abroad. This can be attributed, first and foremost, to the country's years of experience in delivering innovative, reliable, high-quality products and services to domestic and foreign users. The initiative "Health – Made in Germany" now aims to bring the German health care industry's strengths to even more places around the world.
German Health Care Works Worldwide