On 1 July, Germany assumes the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the so-called Council Presidency, for six months. Our goal for the EU: solidarity and unity internally, an ability to act and sovereignty abroad.
The humanitarian situation in the Sahel is worsening: up to 16 million people in Burkina Faso, Mali and the Niger could be at risk of starvation in the coming months. At a donor conference today (20 October), Foreign Minister Maas pledged 100 million euro in support.
Some 690 million people around the world are suffering malnutrition. Most of them live in sub-Saharan Africa and southern Asia. The Federal Foreign Office has made 627 million euro available for food assistance in 2020, because without food security, there can be no peace or stability.
On 15 October, government officials from Germany and the USA convened for the German-American Strategic Dialogue. This discussion format was first held in 2019 and for the first time took place virtually owing to the restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
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