Foreign and European Policy

Flaggen vor dem Europa-Parlament in Straßburg Enlarge image (© picture-alliance / dpa) The Political Section maintains contact with the government, parliament, the different parties and numerous non-governmental organisations. It observes Irish foreign and domestic policy and keeps the official Irish departments informed about developments in Germany, in particular the Federal German Government's foreign and European policy

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Germany’s candidacy for a seat on the Security Council in 2019/20

Germany is seeking to become a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. Former Foreign Minister Steinmeier announced the candidacy for 2019/20 in Hamburg on Monday (27 June). The elections are expected to take place at the General Assembly in June 2018.

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German-Moroccan Co-Chairmanship of the Global Forum on Migration and Development 2017-2018

On 1 January 2017, Germany and Moroccot took over the Co-Chairmanship of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD). The 2017 ministerial level Forum Meeting will be hosted by Germany from 28-30 June in Berlin. For more information please visit

Human Rights Council

Germany’s human rights policy

Human rights policy is the responsibility of all policymakers in Germany: there can be no “human rights-free zones” either in foreign policy, security policy or in any other policy field.

Foreign and European Policy

Sigmar Gabriel

The Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs

Sigmar Gabriel

Sigmar Gabriel

Federal Foreign Office