Our worst fears have been confirmed. The explosion in Beirut has claimed the life of a member of staff from our Embassy in her apartment.
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 German Bundestag (Parliament) has included New Zealand in its International Parliamentary Scholarship (IPS) programme. Each year, the IPS will fund a five-month stay of a young New Zealander in Berlin, including a three-month parliamentary internship, complemented by a study Programme.