Immigration is an opportunity – Ambassador tours Berlin district Neukölln

On August 16, the Ambassador and Mrs. Emerson, their three children together with the district mayor, Dr. Franziska Giffey, toured one of the most diverse districts in Berlin, Neukölln, where 40% of the residents have immigrant backgrounds. The tour showcased that Germany has historically accepted refugees from other countries displaced by war and that immigration ... Read More»

US-EU Organic Trade: High Standards and Big Opportunities

The United States Department of Agriculture together with the Organic Trade Association hosted a seminar at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin August 9, 2016. The seminar brought together key players from Germany and the U.S., the two biggest organic markets worldwide. The seminar showed that Germany and the United States have many organic market trends ... Read More»

Want healthier soil? Don’t plow.

As farmers adapt to the effects of climate change, they want cost-effective ways to maximize available water and improve soil. More and more farmers are discovering conservation tillage (also known as conservation agriculture). Instead of disturbing the soil by plowing after a harvest, the farmers leave residue, such as maize stalks or wheat stubble, on a field as they ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Alumni Mentorship Program

The fourth event in the Alumni Mentorship Program took place on Friday at  Microsoft Berlin , focusing on entrepreneurship. Our three panelists, John Hasler (Fulbright), Angelo Juric (IVLP) and Markus Streichhardt (Fulbright), spoke with 40 Berlin young professionals, many of whom are also USG program alumni. The mentors shared their personal experiences in the field and gave ... Read More»

Ambassador Emerson visits Wattenmeer National Park

Ambassador John B. Emerson, and Kimberly Marteau Emerson visit Wattenmeer July 21st to learn about environmental protection efforts and challenges at Nationalpark Schleswig-Holsteinisches Wattenmeer. Kirsten Thiemann, station commissioner at Schutzstation Wattenmeer, explains how plastic bottles or old fishing nets pose a threat to marine life. Pollution is an acute threat to many aquatic species, damaging ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Berlin Celebrates Independence Day 2016

U.S. Embassy Berlin hosted more than 2,500 people at an Independence Day celebration July 1st at Templehof Field. The celebration marked America’s 240th birthday, and gave Americans in Germany and German citizens the chance to engage in the traditional American revelry and cheer surrounding the holiday. The crowd joined together for live music, dancing, food, ... Read More»

U.S. Presidential Elections and the Disenchanted Voter

On May 9, former Los Angeles Times political correspondent and Pulitzer Prize-nominee Ronald Brownstein, currently Atlantic Media’s Editorial Director for Strategic Partnerships, met with journalists in Berlin to share his insights about the U.S. Presidential Elections.  He argued that economic stagnation and demographic change will be the decisive factors in this year’s presidential elections.  The ... Read More»

Assistant Secretary of State Danny Russel Gives Guest Lecture in Berlin

In his guest lecture for Berlin’s Hertie School of Governance March 22, 2016, Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Danny Russel provided clear views on some thorny policy issues –  international rules-based order in East Asia, freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, aligned U.S. and Chinese interests, and the Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank.  ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Travel Alert Europe

U.S. Embassy Berlin Security Message for U.S. Citizens:  Travel Alert Europe March 23, 2016    The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to potential risks of travel to and throughout Europe following several terrorist attacks, including the March 22 attacks in Brussels claimed by ISIL.  Terrorist groups continue to plan near-term attacks throughout Europe, targeting sporting ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Worldwide Caution

U.S. Embassy Berlin Security Message for U.S. Citizens:  Updated Worldwide Caution March 7, 2016   The Department of State has updated the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. Current information suggests that ISIL, al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, al-Shabaab, and other terrorist ... Read More»

Concert in Honor of American Composer Paul Bowles

Ambassador and Mrs. Emerson welcomed American musical artists, soprano Julie Wyma Furlong, tenor Laurent Martin and pianist Irene Herrmann to their residence over the weekend to perform a house concert of American composer Paul Bowles (1910-1999).  An American expatriate well known for his novel The Sheltering Sky and translations of Moroccan authors, Paul Bowles was ... Read More»

Deputy Chief of Mission Kent Logsdon Visits International Green Week

On January 20, 2016, DCM Kent Logsdon visited the International Green Week in Berlin for the first time. He was met by Dr. Robert Kloos, State Secretary at the German Agriculture Ministry at the special exhibition “Fit for the future: With modern agriculture and a balanced diet”. During his tour of Green Week he also ... Read More»

Ambassador Emerson visits Emergency Refugee Shelter in Berlin

At the invitation of MdB Oezcan Mutlu, Ambassador Emerson and his family toured the emergency shelter run by Stadtmission Berlin. They met with several refugees and heard their stories about their long journey to Germany. The shelter is teaching German and the Emersons were happy to provide a couple of boxes of language workbooks to ... Read More»

Ambassador Emerson Hosts Reception to Celebrate the Completion of Holocaust Archive Project

On Wednesday, November 19, Ambassador Emerson and DCM Logsdon hosted a reception to celebrate the completion of a 12-year project between the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Berlin State Archives. The museum and the archives had worked together to preserve and copy records from 1933-1945, an objective the museum pursues with archives across Europe. ... Read More»

An Evening Dedicated to the Paris Climate Conference

As prepared for delivery. “An Evening Dedicated to the Paris Climate Conference” at the French Embassy Berlin, November 20, 2015 Ambassador John B. Emerson Mr. Ambassador, Professor Lawrence, Professor Boucher, Ms. Fies, Distinguished Guests, Cher Philippe, thank you for inviting me to join the last in a series of programs that your Embassy has hosted ... Read More»

The Importance of a Rules-Based International Order

The Importance of a Rules-Based International Order 14th Berlin Security Conference: Euro-Atlantic Partnership Firm Anchor in a Turbulent World Berlin, November 17, 2015 Ambassador John B. Emerson Vielen Dank, General Scherz, Uwe Proll, Ambassador Šedivý, Excellenzen, Kollegen, meine Damen und Herren, The theme that has been chosen for the 14th Berlin Security Conference, “Euro-Atlantic Partnership: ... Read More»

Making news in the digital age: Guest speaker Nikki Usher in Berlin

On November 4, Dr. Nikki Usher, Assistant Professor at the School of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University,  visited several newspapers in Berlin and met with many German journalists and bloggers to discuss “making news in the digital age.” In the morning she met with German bloggers at the embassy and discussed “the relationship ... Read More»

Gay Rights Activist Evan Wolfson

Evan Wolfson is the founder and president of Freedom to Marry, the campaign to win marriage equality in the United States. In collaboration with U.S. Embassy Berlin, Wolfson spoke on October 9 at the Schwules Museum in Berlin about the history of the struggle for marriage equality and the legal battle that led to the June 2015 ... Read More»

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Visits Berlin

Photo gallery of the visit U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker visited Berlin from October 27 – 28 to meet with government officials and business leaders. Her meetings and consultations on transatlantic economic cooperation focused on trade, the future of work and entrepreneurship. Secretary Pritzker’s political consultations included meetings with Vice Chancellor & Minister of Economic Affairs and Energy Sigmar ... Read More»

Joint Press Conference on COP21 at the WWF in Berlin

On November 4, Ambassador Emerson and the Mexican Ambassador Patricia Espinosa came together at the WWF Deutschland  at a joint press conference to discuss Climate Change issues relating to COP21.  In particular they talked about the expectations for the upcoming  COP21  conference in December in Paris. All were agreed that at the meeting in Paris, the international community ... Read More»

Leipzig’s Consul General Riedmann explores Greiz

On September 16, Leipzig’s Consul General Scott R. Riedmann visited Greiz in Thuringia for a full day of programs. The Consulate General in Leipzig is responsible for three German states: Thuringia, Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt. In Greiz, he first met with students of the Ulf-Merbold-Gymnasium for a Meet US program. After he told the students about ... Read More»
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