German Foreign and European Policy

The main entrance of the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin. The main entrance of the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin. (© AA) The German Government’s foreign policy is based on a range of constants and fundamental principles, that is, Europe, the transatlantic partnership, work to support the cause of peace and security around the world, the promotion of democracy, the rule of law and human rights, and commitment to fair and sustainable globalisation and a rules-based international order.

This page provides information on the principles of German foreign politics and the relations between Germany and Africa in general and Germany and Zambia in particular.

Durchbruch bei EU-Haushalt 2011

Germany and Europe

That many decisions are made in far-off Brussels instead of in one’s own capital may at first glance be a reason for concern. But even the largest EU Member States, such as Germany or Great Britain, are too small on an international scale to be able to assert their interests alone. Only concerted action by all Member States of the EU will put Europe on an equal footing with other nations in a globalized world.


Germany. A Strong Partner for Africa.

Germany intends to remain a strong and reliable partner to all countries, working together to create a shared vision for the future of our world. Africa is a focus of German foreign politics. The promotion of Sustainability, Development, Security, Solidarity and Respect are key goals for us.

German Zambian Cooperation

Germany and Zambia

Germany has maintained friendly relations with Zambia since the latter's independence in 1964. Several visits of Heads of State and Government and high ranking delegations to each other document that very well. Zambia also plays an important role in Germany's development cooperation with Southern Africa. The principal objectives of the cooperation are reducing poverty, developing good governance and improving overall social and political conditions.

Human rights – a cornerstone of German foreign policy

Some things are non-negotiable: Germany continues to campaign assiduously for human rights around the world. Indeed, working for human rights is not only a basic tenet of our foreign policy – it is also in Germany’s interests.

New Synagogue Herford

Germany's historical responsibility

The German Government recognizes Germany’s historical responsibility for the Holocaust, which forms the basis of a special relationship with and duty towards the State of Israel and Jews all over the world. We must keep the memory of the Holocaust alive and have it always in mind as we shape the future.

The Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs

Heiko Maas, Federal Foreign Minister since March 2018

Heiko Maas

Latest news from Germany

Information about German foreign and European policy and major domestic issues.

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

German Security Council candidature logo

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.