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American Academy Farewell

Ambassador Emerson and his family visited the American Academy in Berlin (AAB) on the shore of Wannsee for a farewell dinner on the evening of Monday, January 9th.  After the meal ended, Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, Chair of the Munich Security Conference and former German envoy to Washington, gave a warm introduction before Amb. Emerson started his keynote address.  Amb. Emerson

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Michelle und Barack Obama vor der Skyline von Chicago

Obama’s Farewell Address

REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT IN FAREWELL ADDRESS McCormick Place Chicago, Illinois January 10, 2017   THE PRESIDENT: Hello, Chicago! (Applause.) It’s good to be home! (Applause.) Thank you, everybody. Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you so much. Thank you. (Applause.) All right, everybody sit down. (Applause.) We’re on live TV here. I’ve got to move. (Applause.) You can tell that I’m

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Kent Logsdon, Chargé d'Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Berlin invited 80 guests to the US embassy in Pariser Platz for the Hanukkah reception

Hanukkah Reception

On the evening of December 27, Deputy Chief of Mission Kent Logsdon welcomed 80 guests to a Hanukkah reception at the Embassy. Among them were Yakov Hadas-Handelsman, Israeli Ambassador to Germany, Volker Beck, Member of the German Parliament, Ramona Pop, Mayor and Senator for Economics, Energy, and Public Enterprises, Gideon Joffe, Chairman of the Board of the Jewish Community of

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Condolence Message by Ambassador Emerson

“Our family would like to send our thoughts and prayers to everyone who lost loved ones and all those who were injured in the terrorist attack yesterday.  Berlin has been our home for the last 3½ years and it will continue to be our second home, so we feel a strong personal connection to the people here and share in

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

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the heightened risk of terrorist attacks throughout Europe, particularly during the holiday season.  U.S. citizens should exercise caution at holiday festivals, events, and outdoor markets.  This Travel Alert expires on February 20, 2017. Credible information indicates the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, and their affiliates continue

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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 addresses U.S. foreign policy priorities

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President Barack Obama at MacDill Air Force Base

The President on the Administration’s Approach to Counterterrorism

MacDill Air Force Base Tampa, Florida December 6, 2016 Thank you so much!  (Applause.)  Thank you.  Thank you so much, everybody.  Thank you.  Everybody, please have a seat.  Have a seat.  Well, thank you so much. Good afternoon, everybody.  I was just told that was going to be the last “Hail to the Chief” on the road, and it got

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Secretary of State Kerry To Travel to Germany and Belgium Share

Press Statement John Kirby Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs Washington, DC December 2, 2016 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Europe from December 4-8, for a series of bilateral and multinational meetings. On December 4-5, the Secretary will meet in Berlin, Germany, with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier to discuss cooperation on a range of

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U.S. President Barack Obama, right, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, shake hands after a press conference

Remarks by Obama and Merkel in a Joint Press Conference

Remarks by President Obama and Chancellor Merkel of Germany in a Joint Press Conference German Chancellory Berlin, Germany November 17, 2016   CHANCELLOR MERKEL:  (As interpreted.)  Ladies and gentlemen, I’m delighted to be able to welcome today for the sixth time the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, to Germany. In his capacity as President of the

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Secretary Kerry Delivers Remarks at COP22 in Marrakech

John Kerry at COP22 on Climate Change

Remarks at the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change John Kerry Secretary of State Marrakech, Morocco November 16, 2016 SECRETARY KERRY: Thank you so much, everybody. I apologize for being a few moments late. There was a fire and then there was some traffic backed up, and so here I am

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U.S. President Barack Obama waves to the crowd as he delivers a speech at the new opera of Athens on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016

Remarks by President Obama in Athens, Greece

Remarks by President Obama at Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens, Greece November 16, 2016   PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Thank you so much.  (Applause.)  Thank you.  Thank you very much.  Please, please have a seat.  Thank you.  (Applause.) AUDIENCE MEMBER:  Chicago! PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Chicago — (laughter.) Hello, Greece!  (Applause.)  Yia sas!  Kalispera!  To the government and the people of Greece

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Ambassador Emerson's Opening Statement at Press Availability on Presidential Election.

Ambassador Emerson at U.S. Presidential Election Events

U.S. Ambassador to Germany John B. Emerson spent much of Election Night on November 8th, stretching into the morning hours of November 9th, at a series of public events and media interviews in Berlin, as well as in Skype conversations with friends and colleagues elsewhere in Germany. Drawing upon his wealth of experience working on political campaigns over the past

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2016 Transatlantic Venture Capital Event

Hosted by the U.S. Embassy Berlin with support from the Lester Center of Entrepreneurship at the University of California, Berkeley “Series A” Venture Capital – Opportunities and Challenges in Germany and Europe (…and why it is important for the future of Europe and the United States) The October 13, 2016 Venture Capital event at the U.S. Embassy brought together some of the

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Deputy Chief of Mission visits Bar Convent Berlin

Deputy Chief of Mission Kent Logsdon visited American craft beer brewers and distillers on October 11th, 2016 at the Bar Convent Berlin (BCB). As one of the largest international trade fairs for the bar and the beverages industry, BCB offers an excellent opportunity for U.S. exhibitors to showcase their large variety of products and interact with customers. The demand for

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Transatlantic Symposium on Innovative Approaches to Integration

How do you to ensure that refugees can adjust, integrate and thrive in communities so they become contributing members of society? That was the topic of discussion in Berlin on Sept. 29-30 at the Transatlantic Symposium on Innovative Approaches to Integration hosted by the U.S. Ambassador. To share the best integration practices from Germany and the United States, the Embassy

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U.S. Beef at the U.S. Embassy

Discover U.S. Beef

On August 30, the Ambassador and Mrs. Emerson together with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Meat Export Federation welcomed top restaurants chefs to great California wine and American beef at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin on August 30, 2016. During the multi-course lunch the chefs learned that one of the best parts for the Ambassador and his

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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 brings positive opportunities. Comment via

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Organic bread

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 in common. Both markets have

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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 plant the next

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Alumni Mentorship Program at Microsoft Berlin, focusing on entrepreneurship.

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 advice for budding entrepreneurs, before

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Ambassasdor Emerson in Wattenmeer

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 their habitats, disrupting their food

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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, drinks, and fireworks to mark

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Update on Berlin Christmas Market Incident

This message updates the Emergency Message the U. S. Embassy in Berlin sent on December 19 informing U.S. citizens that a truck drove into the Christmas Market at Breitscheidplatz.  German media reports the Christmas market attack investigation continues and the perpetrator of the attack may still be at large.  In light of the on-going investigation, Embassy Berlin encourages all U.S.

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