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. Prime Minister Najib visited Germany 26.-28.9.2016. It was his first visit to Germany as a Prime Minister.
Germany’s G20 presidency
Germany will be holding the presidency of the G20 in 2017. The summit of the heads of state and government and representatives of international organisations will be held in Hamburg on 7 and 8 July 2017. A number of G20 ministers’ conferences are scheduled to take place prior to this. The G20 Foreign Ministers met in Bonn on 16 and 17 February 2017. The summit and ministers’ meetings will provide an opportunity to discuss current international challenges and to raise awareness of new issues in international affairs.
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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.
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Refugee crisis - what German foreign policy is doing
Dealing with the worldwide refugee crisis is an international challenge. Combating the causes of flight and raising awareness in countries of origin ‑ these are the priorities of German foreign policy.
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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.
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.
Germany’s human rights policy
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