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Welcome to the Australian Embassy, Berlin
Australia has a warm and significant bilateral relationship with Germany. We have wide-ranging dialogue and cooperation with Germany, which ranks among Australia's leading trading partners. We have a strong and expanding investment relationship. Germany is a major source of foreign direct investment in Australia and one of Australia's largest investment destinations.
Germany has been a significant source of migrants to Australia. Germans and Australians have wide-ranging interest in each other's culture. Australia is one of the most popular overseas destinations for German tourists and students. The Government is keen to expand existing links with Germany, including in traditional and new commercial spheres.
H.E. Ambassador David Ritchie AO at his desk
Ambassador Ritchie speaking on the occasion of Australia Day
National Day of Mourning
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has declared a National Day of Mourning for the victims of flight MH17 on Thursday, 7 August 2014. There will be a National Memorial service for the victims in Melbourne, starting at 1030 on Thursday, 7 August.
On 7 August, all Australian flags are to be flown at half-mast.
Condolence messages can be recorded on-line at www.pm.gov.au/mh17-condolences.
ANZAC Day Service of Remembrance in Berlin
The annual local ANZAC Day Service of Remembrance was held on Friday 25 April 2014, 10:30 a.m., at the Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery.
Impressions from the ANZAC Day Service in Berlin
For latest news available from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, please see www.dfat.gov.au
FIFA World Cup opened in Brasil - Australia's Socceroos playing in a group with Chile, the Netherlands, and Spain
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (r.) welcoming Ambassador David Ritchie to a World Cup function at the Foreign Office
(Photo: Thomas Trutschel/Photothek) // Ambassador Ritchie at the Dutch Embassy for the broadcast of the Australia-The Netherlands match
Australia Ratifies the Arms Trade Treaty
The Australian Government ratified the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) at the United Nations in New York on 3 June 2014. The Arms Trade Treaty will be the first legally binding instrument ever negotiated in the United Nations to esteblish common standards for the international transfer of conventional arms.
Op-ed by Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP: "Australia in the front line against arms trafficking"
Australian Trade Minister Robb in Frankfurt
Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb is on a visit to Frankfurt on 8 and 9 May as part of a broader visit to key centres of Europe to pursue Australia's ambitious tade and investment agenda. His program in Frankfurt includes meetings with financial industry representatives and a broad range of other business contacts. He will also address Australia's G20 agenda.
Minister Robb (centre) in Frankfurt with Consul-General David Campbell, Ambassador David Ritchie, Member of the Board of Management of Robert Bosch GmbH Peter Tyroller and OAV Managing Director Timo Prekop (left to right)
Foreign Minister Bishop in Switzerland
During an official visit to Switzerland on 27 March, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop met with Swiss President and Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter to discuss security issues and the role of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. In Geneva she addressed the Conference on Disarmament and met with a number of international organisations.
Statement to the UN Security Council by the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Australia to the United Nations, 3 March 2014
Statement by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP, on developments in Ukraine, 2 March 2014
Australia and the G20
G20 Finance Ministers and Central Banks Governors Meeting in Sydney, 22-23 February 2014
Prime Minister Abbott attending World Economic Forum in Davos
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has addressed the WEF in Davos on Australia's G20 presidency
Text of his speech // Link to WEF video site
Australia assumes Presidency of the G20
Statement by the Prime Minister
G20 media arrangements