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The Federal Government's foreign policy agenda in the first few months was shaped by the ongoing crisis in Syria, the conflict in Ukraine and Germany's continued involvement in many regions of the world. At the EU summit in December 2013, the German government advocated strengthening and deepening the EU's common foreign and security policy. The aim is to improve both civil and military capabilities in Europe for crisis prevention and conflict resolution. NATO and EU capabilities must complement each other.

Ukraine

The Federal Government, together with its international partners in the G7 and the EU, is involved in the search for a solution to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine - for example in the context of crisis diplomacy or by participating in the mission of unarmed military observers that the OSCE has asked for posted.

The European Union and European promotional banks want to provide Ukraine with a total of eleven billion euros in financial aid for the implementation of its political and economic reforms in the coming years. The heads of state and government agreed on emergency aid of 610 million at their special summit on the situation in Ukraine on March 6, 2014.

Assignments abroad

Germany will continue to take part in international missions abroad. The Federal Government has therefore extended the Bundeswehr's foreign missions in Afghanistan (ISAF), in Mali (EUTM Mali), in Mittelmehr (anti-terrorist mission ACTIVE ENDEAVOR) and on the border with Turkey (ACTIVE FENCE for the provision of air defense systems). The German government also supports the European bridging mission in the Central African Republic (EUFOR RCA) and the EU-led training mission in Somalia (EUTM Somalia). Around 5,000 soldiers are currently deployed.

Afghanistan

In the February 2014 progress report on the situation in Afghanistan, the German government affirmed the goal of ending the Bundeswehr's ISAF mission by the end of the year and supporting a follow-up NATO mission to train the Afghan security forces. Financial support for civil projects will remain at the previous level of up to 430 million euros annually until 2016.

Syria

The German government is working to find a political solution to the Syrian civil war. Germany is particularly involved in humanitarian and development policy in Syria and neighboring countries. According to the international community's timetable, the Syrian chemical weapons are to be destroyed by the end of June 2014. Germany provides know-how and capacities for this.

Franco-German Council of Ministers

At the Franco-German Council of Ministers on February 19, 2014, the two governments decided to present joint proposals to increase European support for the African crisis reaction force. The aim is to put the regional organizations and individual African states in a position to ensure their own security.

German-Israeli government consultations

In February 2014, the fifth German-Israeli government consultations took place in Jerusalem. The focus was on science and research, environmental issues and youth exchanges. Both governments decided to mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations in 2015. Chancellor Merkel had already affirmed in the run-up to the consultations: "The right of the State of Israel to exist is for Germany a reason of state."

Post-2015 Agenda for Sustainable Development

At the international level, the Federal Government is committed to sustainable development that applies to all countries and is to be achieved by 2030 (Post-2015 Agenda for Sustainable Development). The focus is on the areas of poverty reduction, resource conservation, sustainable management and good governance. The Federal Government has brought these concerns into the discussion process at the United Nations.

More money for development policy

By 2017, two billion euros more will be available for development policy. This fulfills the demands in the coalition agreement.

One billion euros are available annually for food security and rural development. The special initiatives “A world without hunger” and “Fighting the causes of flight, reintegrating refugees” have been launched. Its aim is to overcome structural and acute causes of flight, to support reception areas, and to promote reintegration and social and political stabilization.

The federal government has promised Jordan 25 million euros in emergency aid for Syrian refugees and host communities in the areas of water supply and school infrastructure. The federal government has agreed several lighthouse projects on vocational training, agriculture and renewable energies / energy efficiency with the African Union. Germany is providing 8.5 million euros for the Central African Republic (ZAR) for food aid and the health sector. In addition, the World Food Program is being supported with 1.5 million euros for refugees from the CAR in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The federal government has promised India loans of around 900 million euros for climate protection and renewable energies. A declaration was signed with Israel to expand trilateral development cooperation in Africa (Africa Initiative). The BMZ has presented a new country strategy for development cooperation with Afghanistan.