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Easter Traditions in Germany

Although mainly a Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, Easter also marks the beginning of spring. Germans celebrate the change of season with a whole range of customs and traditions.

Important

Die Botschaft ist über die Osterfeiertage vom 17. bis 21. April 2014 geschlossen.
The Embassy will be closed from 17 until 21 April 2014 (Easter).
Ang Embahada ay sarado mula ika-17 hanggan ika-21 ng Abril 2014 (Semana Santa).

Fregatte 124 der Bundeswehr

Help in destroying chemical weapons

German troops will provide support in destroying Syria’s chemical weapons. The hazardous agents are to be neutralised at sea on board the US vessel MV Cape Ray. A German frigate will escort and protect this mission.

Minister of State Maria Böhmer visits the Philippines

Minister of State at the German Federal Foreign Office, Prof. Dr. Maria Boehmer made her first visit to Manila on March 26 to 28 – the first high level political visitor from Germany in 2014. She was accompanied by the new Ambassador designate, Thomas Ossowski, who arrived at the same day in the Philippines.

Federal Foreign Minister Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier

Russia: Preventing the reopening of deep divides

In his speech to the German-Russian Forum, Foreign Minister Steinmeier called for “clear messages” to be sent to Russia. The aim, he said, was to ensure that there was always a way out of the vicious circle of escalation.

Breloer/DRK

Germany extends all-out support for Yolanda victims: Private donations push contributions up to 176 million Euros (Php 10.7 billion)

The devastating effects of Typhoon Yolanda have instigated a huge outpour of support from the German public: more than 176 million Euros, or about Php 10.7 billion for relief and rehabilitation efforts in regions in the Philippines affected by one of the world’s strongest typhoons.

Federal Foreign Office

Caritas Germany continues relief efforts in Visayas

Caritas Germany assisted victims of typhoon Yolanda in Samar by distributing non-food items such as shelter/hygiene kits and kitchen utensils. Caritas is supported by the German government through the Federal Foreign Office with a grant of 810,000 Euros (about 50 million Php).

Mabuhay Germany 2014

Mabuhay Germany 2014 was a huge success! See highlights of the events here:

DW - The Bobs

Deutsche Welle: The Bobs kick off 10th edition

Interconnected, interactive and participatory: the Deutsche Welle's 10 edition of The Bobs - the international award for the best in online activism. Deutsche Welle (DW) has recognized exceptional p...

German NGOs continue relief and rehabilitation efforts in disaster-stricken Visayas

German non-government organizations are continuing relief and rehabilitation efforts in the areas of Leyte and Samar which were destroyed by Typhoon Yolanda.

European International School celebrates 51st anniversary of the Elysée Treaty

The European International School celebrated the 51st anniversary of the Treaty of Elysée last January 22, 2014.

Filipino nurses to Germany

Philippine nurses for Germany

The recruitment of qualified Philippine nurses is alleviating the nursing shortage in Germany and reducing unemployment in the nurses’ country of origin. The migrants’ remittances and the transfer of know-how contribute to development in the Philippines.

The Ambassador

DFA PISU

Ambassador Thomas Ossowski

German Institutions in the Philippines

General information on the job placement procedures for qualified nurses to Germany

Philippinische Schwestern freuen sich �ber bestandene Pr�

Since July 2013, qualified Filipino nurses may be employed in Germany. Below are more information about the job placement procedures and the visa application process for qualified nurses:

Notice to all Shipping Agencies regarding the New Maritime Labor Law

Containerschiffe im Hafen von Hamburg in Deutschland, Europa

A new Maritime Labour Law has been passed in Germany and will be effective as of 1 August 2013.

Germany's Energiewende - the energy revolution - up close.

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The goal of Germany's Energiewende, or energy tranformation, is very clear. To make energy production in Germany sustainable and act responsibly for subsequent generations. The target: by 2014, 80 percent of Germany's electricity should be from renewables. Some towns in Germany are way ahead of the game. Take Wolfhagen in the state of Hesse, where the energy revolution has already taken place.