1. Ambassador Ruge handed over his credentials to King Abdullah
  2. New German Ambassador handed over a copy of his credentials
  3. A delegation from the Arabian Peninsula discussed women and children rights in Germany

Ambassador Ruge handed over his credentials to King Abdullah

The German Ambassador Boris Ruge presented his credentials to King Abdallah bin Abdulaziz during the official handover ceremony for recently arrived ambassadors to the Kingdom. (Please follow the link below for the speech of the king and the reaction of the German ambassador in the Saudi press: http://alhayat.com/ARCHIVE/2014/08/30/4379128 )

New German Ambassador handed over a copy of his credentials

Germany’s new Ambassador to Saudi-Arabia, Boris Ruge handed over on June, 16th 2014 the copy of his credentials to HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, in Jeddah. Prior to his appointment as Ambassador of Germany to the Kingdom, Ambassador Boris Ruge served as the Director for the Middle East and North Africa at the German Foreign Office in Berlin.

A delegation from the Arabian Peninsula discussed women and children rights in Germany

Between 15 and 22 June 2914, a group of experts on women and children rights from the Arabian peninsula were invited by the Federal Foreign Office to visit Germany. They were briefed on the latest initiatives on the political, juridical and practical level to protect women’s and children’s rights in Germany. Field visits included the Federal Ministry of Justice, the Federal Ministry of the Interior, a court of first instance and a hospital. The delegation met with Federal Foreign Minister Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier and with the Deputy Speaker of the German Parliament Ms. Claudia Roth. The delegation was also briefed about how to compile reports on women’s and children’s rights and about the implementation of international conventions in this field. Representatives from Government institutions, associations and non-governmental organizations from Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen took part in this program. From Saudi Arabia Dr. Wafaa Al-Tuwaijri, Assistant to the Secretary General of the King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue and member of the Shura-council participated in the meetings.

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Mödlareuth

Divided, but not separated

Looking as though it was ordered and then never collected, the T34 combat tank stands in a field next to the car park. During the Second World War the Soviet army liberated and occupied Saxony andThuringa with this tank, which was later used by the National People’s Army of the GDR. This mammoth military vehicle prepares visitors for an encounter with a past that Mödlareuth will not put behind it for some time to come.

The attractive village with roughly 55 inhabitants went down in history as “Little Berlin”. The people here experienced how the Iron Curtain fell across their everyday lives. The initial wooden fence was replaced by a 3.3-metre-high concrete wall that divided Mödlareuth into East and West from 1966.

The Tannbach, the stream that flows through the village, already marked the frontier between the Kingdom of Bavaria and the Principality of Reuss from 1810. However, it was only after the Second World War and the division of Germany into four occupation zones that this administrative border was suddenly transformed into a deep abyss.

Families torn apart

Monika Schmalfuss remembers well “how people suffered”. The 70-year-old works as a volunteer at the German-German Museum in Mödlareuth. Schmalfuss was born in the West German city of Hof, but her family moved to the East near Mödlareuth where there was work. In 1949 Schmalfuss’s father jumped across the Tannbach back into the West – and stayed there. Mother and daughter were only able to leave the GDR in 1956. Seven years had passed. “I never had a close relationship with my father afterwards.”

The border opened up in Mödlareuth on 9 December 1989. It took another half year until 17 June 1990 before bulldozers demolished the Wall. None of this should be forgotten. “We want to remember the past,” says Klaus Grünzner. The 61-year-old is honorary mayor of the Municipality of Töpen, to which the Bavarian part of Mödlareuth belongs. “Here you can experience history.” Approximately 70,000 visitors from all over the world come to see the village every year.

Some of them experience the solidarity that prevails among the inhabitants of Mödlareuth – today perhaps even more than in the past. Local people meet in the Grenzgänger inn where they also celebrate together. The people of Mödlareuth built their village community centre themselves. The fact that the village is still divided between Thuringa and Bavaria is not important, believes Mayor Grünzner. The continued existence of a Wall in people’s heads is a cliché, he explains, one that is mainly cultivated by outsiders. People in Mödlareuth are fed up with hearing it.

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Ambassador Boris Ruge took up his appointment as Germany’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in June 2014. He joined the German Foreign Service six months before the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Most recently, he served as Regional Director Middle East / North Africa at the German Foreign Office in Berlin.

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Goethe Language Center in Riyadh

Starting April 15, 2014 the Goethe Language Center took over the organization of German Language Courses in Riyadh.

The new Goethe Language Center offers German language courses for beginners and advanced learners (men and women). Classes take place in the afternoon and evening hours.

Next courses will start from December 07th, 2014 till January 15th, 2015. Registration is open from October, 20th till November, 15th or by completing the seats . The international Goethe Exams will be held on October 17th and 18th 2014. Registration for the exam is open until October 2nd .

For registration or any questions please contact the Goethe-Institut directly:

Mr. Walid  Soliman

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