Foreign and European Policy
Germany and Malaysia
Political relations between Malaysia and Germany are close and friendly and are based principally on the two countries’ intensive economic relations. Germany sees Malaysia as an important partner in South-East Asia and as a prominent representative of the Islamic world.
The first-ever visit to Malaysia by a German head of government was the May 2003 visit by then Federal Chancellor Schröder at the invitation of then Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir, who had visited Berlin and Munich in March 2002. Mahathir’s successor, Abdullah Badawi, visited Germany in May 2005 for talks with then Federal Chancellor Schröder. In September 2006, he met with Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel for bilateral talks on the sidelines of the European-Asian summit (ASEM) in Helsinki. Federal Chancellor Merkel met for the first time with the current Malaysian Prime Minister Najib (in office since April 2009) on the sidelines of the Washington Nuclear Security Summit in April 2010. In August 2010, Federal Foreign Minister Westerwelle met with his Malaysian counterpart Anifah for talks in Berlin.
The Élysée Treaty, signed on 22 January 1963, by Adenauer and de Gaulle paved the way for an unusual friendship between France and Germany, one that is unique in its intensity. The Treaty is the polit...
The Orang Asli, like any other community in Malaysia, are important members of the society. Their numbers may not be large, but they represent a heritage-rich link with the early peoples of Peninsular...
Foreign Policy Issues
Peace and freedom are the focal points of German foreign policy. They can only be guaranteed through cooperation in a spirit of trust and a fair balancing of interests with our partners in the United Nations, NATO, G8, OSCE and EU.
German Policy on Europe
After centuries of wars and conflicts, the integration of states and their interests has defeated nationalism and brought Europe an unparalleled period of peace, prosperity and stability. That is why the completion of European integration is our top political objective.
EU Guidelines on Human Rights Defenders
These guidelines aim to improve the support and protection given by the European Union (EU) to human rights defenders in non-EU countries, with a view to allowing them to operate freely.
EU guidelines on human rights defenders