About: Heiko Maas

Germany and UK pledge closer cooperation on foreign policy

German and UK foreign ministers on Wednesday (30 June) pledged to cooperate more closely on foreign and security policy issues, reaffirming their commitment to the “strategic unity of Europe”.
Europe's East 22-06-2021

West piles coordinated sanctions on Belarus after plane diversion

The EU, US, Britain and Canada ratcheted up pressure on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko Monday (21 June) by imposing coordinated sanctions after the forced landing of a Ryanair airliner to arrest a regime critic.
Global Europe 14-06-2021

‘Intense’ Iran nuclear talks resume as Germany calls for rapid progress

Indirect talks between Tehran and Washington on reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal resumed in Vienna on Saturday (12 June) as the European Union said negotiations were "intense" and Germany called for rapid progress.
Global Europe 08-06-2021

Hungary rejects criticism over foreign policy blockages

Hungary and Germany have publicly locked horns over how the EU's foreign policy should be conducted, after a series of Budapest-blocked joint foreign policy statements prompted the German foreign minister to complain the EU was being "held hostage" by countries that don't share its values.
Global Europe 07-06-2021

Germany slams ‘hostage-taking’ of EU’s foreign policy

The EU should abolish unanimity in its foreign policymaking and not allow itself to be "held hostage", Germany's foreign minister Heiko Maas said on Monday (7 June), after several incidents in recent months derailed the bloc's joint positions on a series of foreign policy matters.
Politics 20-05-2021

Bizarre case fuels concerns of right-wing extremism in the German army

A German soldier who allegedly plotted to attack prominent politicians while posing as a Syrian refugee will go on trial from Thursday (20 May) in a bizarre case fuelling concerns over right-wing extremism.
Global Europe 19-05-2021

Republicans slam Biden administration on report of Nord Stream sanctions waivers

Republican US lawmakers on Tuesday (18 May) slammed the Biden administration over a media report that it will waive sanctions on the company behind Russia's Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline to Europe.
Global Europe 17-05-2021

Germany urges end to Middle East violence as EU calls talks

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Sunday (16 May) it is "imperative" for Israelis and Palestinians to stop fighting and resume talks ahead of an emergency meeting this week with his EU counterparts.
Global Europe 10-03-2021

Germany wants common sanctions policy with the US

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Tuesday (9 March), in his first major speech on transatlantic relations since new US President Joe Biden took office, urged a reset with the US. However, he did not address the main bone of...
China 23-02-2021

China rejects genocide charge in Xinjiang, says door open to UN

China on Monday (22 February) rejected “slanderous attacks” about conditions for Muslim Uighurs living in Xinjiang, as European powers and Turkey voiced concerns and called for UN access to the remote western region.
Global Europe 21-01-2021

Turkish FM on charm offensive in Brussels

The European Union will on Thursday (21 January) press Turkey to make good on recent gestures from President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to calm tensions, as Ankara's foreign minister visits Brussels.
Global Europe 22-12-2020

Iran nuclear deal parties eye US return to accord

The remaining parties to the ailing 2015 Iran nuclear deal said on Monday (21 December) they were preparing for the possible return of the US to the pact as President-elect Joe Biden readies to take office next month.
Global Europe 02-12-2020

Afghan government, Taliban announce breakthrough deal to pursue peace talks

Afghan government and Taliban representatives said on Wednesday (2 December) they had reached a preliminary deal to press on with peace talks, their first written agreement in 19 years of war and welcomed by the United Nations and Washington.
5G 24-11-2020

5G expansion: German foreign ministry gets a say, but no veto

Germany's upcoming IT security law is intended to protect the country's 5G network, among other things. When it comes to Huawei, the Foreign Office fought for a right of veto. The result: now it can have a say but not singlehandedly block a supplier. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Politics 05-11-2020

Berlin calls for ‘trust’ in electoral process after US vote

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Wednesday (4 November) urged America’s politicians to help maintain “trust” in the electoral system after President Donald Trump prematurely declared victory in the tightly contested race. “It is important that all politicians who reach...
Global Europe 02-11-2020

Germany hopes a Biden presidency could bring a wind of change

Many in Donald Trump's administration see Germany as its main ideological antagonist on the global stage. After next week's US presidential election, Berlin is hoping for a “new beginning in the transatlantic partnership”, whoever wins.
Global Europe 22-10-2020

Germany’s tentative crackdown on Russia: A hint of strategy

After years of balancing pressure and dialogue with Russia, Germany is becoming noticeably more confrontational, a process that was sparked a year ago by a shooting in Berlin. But the country still lacks a long-term strategy. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Global Europe 16-10-2020

France and Germany tell Turkey to stop provocations

France and Germany accused Turkey on Thursday (15 October) of continuing to provoke the European Union with its actions in the eastern Mediterranean, and urged it to clarify its positions in the coming weeks.
Global Europe 14-10-2020

US, Germany warn Turkey not to squander trust in Mediterranean

After the United States used strong language slamming Turkey's renewed push to send a vessel to carry out seismic surveys in the eastern Mediterranean, Germany urged Ankara not to dispel the "climate of trust" needed to de-escalate tensions with Greece.
Global Europe 08-10-2020

France, Germany and UK seek Russia sanctions over Navalny poisoning

Germany, France and Britain on Wednesday (7 October) directly accused Russia of "involvement and responsibility" in the poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, announcing that they will seek EU sanctions over the case.
Global Europe 07-10-2020

Sanctions ‘unavoidable’ unless Russia sheds light on Navalny poisoning: Germany

Germany warned Russia Wednesday (7 October) that sanctions were "unavoidable" if it failed to cooperate and shed light on the poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.
Global Europe 31-08-2020

EU should avoid ‘Europe First’ approach, German FM says

Only if Europe is able to defuse crises in its neighbourhood on its own will Europe remain an attractive ally for the US, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Monday (31 August), after a week in which the bloc...
Eastern Europe 28-08-2020

EU foreign ministers agree to move forward on Belarus sanctions

EU foreign ministers reached a political agreement in Berlin on Friday (28 August) on punitive measures against high-ranking supporters of Belarusian strongman Alexander Lukashenko to pressure him into holding new elections.
Global Europe 28-08-2020

In Berlin, EU credibility to be determined by fine line between Belarus and Turkey

EU foreign ministers meeting in Berlin are struggling to agree on the bloc's planned sanctions against Belarus and at the same time come up with an adequate response to Turkey over the escalating tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean.