Apply now – 2017 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute

If you are between 16 and 18, are open-minded and committed to democratic ideals, possess strong interpersonal skills, and have good academic marks, you should apply to participate in the the Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Initiative: Summer Institute for Youth. The four-week Institute will accommodate up to 45 European and ten American Fellows.  The program ... Read More»

John Kerry on the Passing of Guido Westerwelle

Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC March 18, 2016 Teresa and I were deeply saddened to hear of the death of former German Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor Guido Westerwelle. My heartfelt condolences go to his husband, Michael Mronz, extended family, friends, and the German people. I had the privilege of working ... Read More»

ITB – “The World’s Leading Travel Trade Show”

Yesterday, Ambassador Emerson visited the International Travel Trade Show (ITB). He met with representatives form the tourism industry and toured the U.S. pavilion among others.   ITB Berlin is celebrating its 50th year in 2016.  More than 175,000 visitors, including 113,000 trade visitors and 11,000 exhibitors from 180 countries are expected to attend this year. The ... Read More»

Press Remarks by Secretary Kerry and German Foreign Minister Steinmeier

John Kerry Secretary of State Treaty Room Washington, DC February 29, 2016 SECRETARY KERRY: Good evening, everybody. Well, Frank-Walter and I wanted to take advantage of Leap Year, the extra day in February, so we figured we’d get together once again. We are hardly, hardly strangers. We spent an enormous amount of time in Vienna, ... Read More»

Teacher Seminar – The US Presidential Election 2016

Friday, 11 March 2016, 9:30-15:30 Venue: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Hiroshimastraße 28, 10785 Berlin Register at: by March 1, 2016 Program 9:30: Registration 9:45: Welcome and introductions Dr. Dennis-Jonathan Mann, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Jeremy Fowler, US Embassy 10:00-11:15: Workshop Teaching the U.S. Elections in the EFL Classroom: The U.S. Embassy Election Project 2016 Joannis Kaliampos, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg Coffee break 11:30-12:45: ... Read More»

DHS Announces Further Travel Restrictions For The Visa Waiver Program WASHINGTON—The Department of Homeland Security today announced that it is continuing its implementation of the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 with the addition of Libya, Somalia, and Yemen as three countries of concern, limiting Visa Waiver Program travel for certain individuals who have traveled to these countries. Pursuant ... Read More»

Ambassador Emerson at the Schwarzkopf Foundation: Laudation for recipients of the Margot Friedländer Award 2016

On February 9, Ambassador John B. Emerson delivered a laudation at the award ceremony hosted by the Schwarzkopf Foundation for the recipients of the Margot Friedlander Award. Since 1971, the Schwarzkopf Foundation works to involve young people in politics and spark enthusiasm for European integration. The foundation´s mission is to support the development of young ... Read More»

Ambassador registers for “EasyPASS Registered Traveler Program“

On Sunday February 7, US Ambassador to Germany John Emerson, Mrs. Emerson and two of their daughters, Hayley and Taylor Emerson, registered for the EasyPASS-Registered Traveler Program (RTP) with the German Federal Police at Tegel Airport in Berlin.  Following registration, the Ambassador and his family members were able to test EasyPASS’ e-gates, which they will ... Read More»

Lessons from the Civil Rights Movement: Teaching for Equity and Inclusion

U.S. EMBASSY TEACHER TRAINING SEMINAR Black History Month LECTURE AND DISCUSSION – Fully Booked! Lessons from the Civil Rights Movement: Teaching for Equity and Inclusion Friday, February 19, 2016, 15:00-17:00 Venue: U.S. Embassy, entrance Behrenstr. (back entrance) Please register at: by February 15, 2016   Guest speaker: Dr. June Cara Christian, Southern Poverty Law Center, ... Read More»

Remarks at the 2016 Munich Security Conference

John Kerry Secretary of State Bayerischer Hof Hotel Munich, Germany February 13, 2016 Thank you, Wolfgang. Thank you very much. Well, Wolfgang, thank you for reminding me that everything I’m doing now is a last. (Laughter.) It’s a little – depending on what I decide to do, so maybe not. (Laughter.) I am really happy ... Read More»

Press Availability at the International Syria Support Group

John Kerry Secretary of State Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, United Nations Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura Munich, Germany February 12, 2016 Well, good evening, everybody. Let me start by thanking Foreign Minister Steinmeier and the people of Germany for hosting this important meeting of the International Syria Support Group on the margins of the ... Read More»

Time for Action: T-TIP and Global Leadership

As Prepared for Delivery Remarks by Ambassador Michael Froman at the Munich Security Conference February 12, 2016 Munich, Germany Thank you. Since its first meeting over 50 years ago, the Munich Security Conference has changed in many ways. It has grown from what was called a “transatlantic family meeting” into a truly global gathering. Discussions ... Read More»

Ambassador John B. Emerson visited FRUIT LOGISTICA

On February 4, 2016, U.S. Ambassador John B. Emerson, together with his daughter Jacqueline Emerson, visited the USA Pavilion at the 24th annual FRUIT LOGISTICA trade show in Berlin. FRUIT LOGISTICA has grown to the world’s largest trade show for fruits, vegetables, dried fruits and nuts, and associated equipment and services.  Over the course of ... Read More»

President Obama Speaking at the Islamic Society of Baltimore

February 03, 2016 Remarks by the President at Islamic Society of Baltimore Baltimore, Maryland THE PRESIDENT:  Well, good afternoon.  And, Sabah, thank you for the wonderful introduction and for your example — your devotion to your faith and your education, and your service to others.  You’re an inspiration.  You’re going to be a fantastic doctor.  ... Read More»

Presidential Proclamation of National African American History Month, 2016

January 29, 2016 NATIONAL AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH, 2016 – – – – – – – BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION America’s greatness is a testament to generations of courageous individuals who, in the face of uncomfortable truths, accepted that the work of perfecting our Nation is unending and ... Read More»

Meeting between Ambassador Emerson and Federal Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, Andrea Nahles

Ambassador John Emerson met with Andrea Nahles, Federal Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, on January 26, 2016 to discuss the shared challenges and opportunities of the increasing digitalization of the economy.  They also exchanged views and ideas related to the integration of immigrants in the labor market, and discussed the negotiations of the Transatlantic ... Read More»

Terrorism Expert David Des Roches in Berlin

David Des Roches, Senior Military Fellow at the Near East South Asia Center for Security Studies, had a discussion with German journalists on January 25 on the topic “Homegrown and Foreign Fighters – Who Are They?”  Dr. Des Roches talked about the theory that a fighter will generally join Da’esh (otherwise known as IS or ... Read More»

Going Green – Education for Sustainability

Going Green – Education for Sustainability ‘Going Green’ is an intercultural blended-learning project. German and U.S. students explore approaches to sustainable development in both countries collaboratively through a joint e-learning platform (Moodle). Materials are free of charge, include a pdf version and can be accessed through a registration process via Moodle. The project goal is ... Read More»

More Information on 2015 Visa Waiver Program Changes

On January 21, 2016, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security began the process of implementing changes to the traveler eligibility requirements of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) and the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) mandated by the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015, as enacted on December 18, 2015.  ... Read More»

US Begins Implementation of Changes to the Visa Waiver Program

January 21, 2016: The United States today began implementing changes under the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 (the Act).  U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) welcomes more than a million passengers arriving to the United States every day and is committed to facilitating legitimate travel while maintaining the highest ... Read More»

Speech by Ambassador Emerson at Potsdam Institute of Climate Impact Research

Short video of the visit As delivered. After Paris: Making Progress on Climate Protection in the USA, Germany, and Worldwide Potsdam Institute of Climate Impact Research Potsdam, January 13, 2016 Ambassador John B. Emerson Thank you, Dr. Schellnhuber. The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research is one of the world’s leading research institutions in the area of global environmental change.  ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security in Europe

U.S. Embassy Berlin Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security in Europe January 5, 2016 The U.S. Embassy in Berlin reminds U.S. citizens that U.S. and European authorities continue to warn of possible terrorist attacks in Europe, citing repeated threats by terror groups.  The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens of our Worldwide Travel Alert that urges U.S. citizens to ... Read More»

Presidential Proclamation — National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

NATIONAL SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING PREVENTION MONTH, 2016 BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION One hundred and fifty years ago, our Nation codified the fundamental truth that slavery is an affront to human dignity. Still, the bitter fact remains that millions of men, women, and children around the globe, including ... Read More»

2015 Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to Germany

In late April, President Obama will travel to Germany to participate in the Hannover Messe – the world’s largest trade show for industrial technology – and to meet Chancellor Angela Merkel. Founded in 1947, the Hannover Messe attracts approximately 6,500 exhibitors and 200,000 visitors from across the globe each year. The President’s participation – a ... Read More»

Building on 2015 As We Look Ahead

Posted by John Kerry December 29, 2015 One reason for the remarkable record of the New England Patriots is the team’s single-minded focus on the next game. Managing world affairs requires the same concentration on future challenges, for past accomplishments provide no guarantee of continued success. They can, however, lend confidence that, with the ... Read More»

Statement by the President on the Paris Climate Agreement

Video STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT ON THE PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT Cabinet Room  5:30 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT:  In my first inaugural address, I committed this country to the tireless task of combating climate change and protecting this planet for future generations. Two weeks ago, in Paris, I said before the world that we needed a strong ... Read More»

Victoria Nuland at Berlin Security Conference

Victoria Nuland, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, visited Berlin November 16-17, 2015 to attend the Berlin Security Conference, where she delivered the keynote address on the importance of security cooperation as a pillar of the transatlantic relationship.  She also met with Christoph Heusgen, the Chancellor’s Director General for Foreign ... Read More»

President Obama on the Attacks in Paris

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release November 13, 2015 Statement by the President on the Situation in Paris THE PRESIDENT:  Good evening, everybody.  I just want to make a few brief comments about the attacks across Paris tonight.  Once again, we’ve seen an outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians.  This is an attack not just ... Read More»

September 29, 2015: Tom Leveen

As part of the U.S. Embassy Literature Series fiction author TOM LEVEEN read from his young adult novel Random (Ich hätte es wissen sollen, Hanser Verlag) Random to a full house of more than 160 Berlin high school students. Random is a story about effects of cyberbullying and teen self-discovery. Several Berlin high schoolers offered ... Read More»
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