Number of people rejected at German border dropped in 2018
“Leftover food” is the motto of Foodsharing, an initiative that began in Berlin in 2012. In cooperation with small enterprises, Foodsharing offers baskets of surplus food free of charge on the Internet. Today there are 5,000 cooperation partners in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Foodsharing has set up so-called Fair-Teiler to stop food from private households landing in the rubbish bin: hundreds of shelves and refrigerators have been made available in public spaces in Germany for food donors and recipients to use.
The signing of the Élysée Treaty on 22 January 1963 led to the creation of the Franco-German Youth Office (FGYO). On the treaty’s 56th anniversary, it has received a successor, the Treaty of Aachen. Three FGYO junior ambassadors explain what Franco-German exchange means to them:
France and Germany set an example for friendship and cooperation in 1963 with the signing of the Élysée Treaty. Now, 56 years later, it has a successor: the Treaty of Aachen. Sabine Thillaye heads the French side of the relevant Franco-German working group. Her own biography is a Franco-German success story: German by birth, she now helps shape policy in the French National Assembly and is chairwoman of the Committee for European Affairs.
Increasing numbers of Germans would like livestock to enjoy a better life and not suffer during slaughter. They are interested in the origin of the animals they eat. According to Ernährungsreport 2018, an annual food report, 79% support government plans for a special label for food from animal-friendly farms and would even pay a higher price for it.
Berlin (dpa) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel sees Germany and France as the engines of European Integration. Shortly before signing a new friendship treaty with France, Merkel praised the strong connection between the two nations. With the Treaty of Aachen, President Emmanuel Macron and Merkel want to build on what Germany and France have already achieved together, she said in her video message released on Saturday. "We work in Europe, we want to give stimuli for European unity," she said. The new friendship agreement is due to be signed in Aachen on Tuesday. It ties in with the Elysee Treaty of 1963. With the treaty, then chancellor Konrad Adenauer and French president Charles de Gaulle had sealed the friendship of the formerly hostile countries on January 22, 1963.
It was the first time that Sofia Svoliantopoulou had been to Skopje, the capital of North Macedonia. When the 28-year-old Greek woman visited the city in October 2018, she was brimming with curiosity: “I had heard lots of stories, but I wanted to go there, talk to people and form my own opinion.” Although Svoliantopoulou grew up in Kozani only 100 kilometres from the Greek-Macedonian border, she did not know the neighbouring country. The Civil Society Forum, a three-day gathering organised by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), first took the young woman to Skopje. “It was a unique opportunity,” she says. She got to know lots of people, had in-depth discussions, tried the food and explored the city on foot.
The shop where Ria Schäfli works is called Original unverpackt, a word play on the German phrase for “in the original packaging”. In fact, when the Berlin store opened in 2014 it was one of the first to offer food products without packaging. Founder Milena Glimbovski has been honoured as Berlin’s Female Entrepreneur of the Year 2018/2019.
Berlin (dpa) - German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Wednesday kicked off the celebrations for the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus School of Art, Architecture and Design. Speaking at an event in Berlin, Steinmeier described the school, founded in 1919 by the architect Walter Gropius in the central German city of Weimar, as synonymous with the modern. Steinmeier also noted the influence of the school, which sparked an international artistic and aesthetic movement: "The Bauhaus is among the most important and influential cultural products of our country worldwide." Germany is to mark the 100th anniversary with more than 500 exhibitions and events across the nation, grouped together under the slogan "Die Welt neu denken" (Rethink the world).
There is growing demand for organically produced food. The European Union (EU) is the second largest single market for organic products after the USA, and Germany is the largest organic food market in the EU. In 2017 the sector achieved annual sales of just over ten billion euros in Germany. The Federal Government is supporting the expansion of organic farming.