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Canada and Germany are like-minded partners, and work together closely in regional and international organizations, such as the UN and the OSCE, to champion common values and interests in areas such as human rights, democracy and the rule of law, international peace and security, disarmament and non-proliferation, and aid effectiveness.

As longtime members of NATO, both countries cooperate closely on security and defence issues.  The Canadian Forces maintain a small national support unit in Germany, and military personnel are assigned to a number of NATO organizations within Germany. Both Canada and Germany have been strong contributors to The Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, in the Baltic States, and to ongoing reconstruction and development in Afghanistan. Canadian and German civilian police peacekeepers have worked side by side in Afghanistan and Kosovo. The two countries also collaborate in promoting peace, human rights and democracy in the Middle East and North Africa. Canada and Germany have cooperated closely in the fight against terrorism, on Ukraine, and the establishment of the International Criminal Court.

Germany and Canada are also members of the IAEA, G7/G20, OECD and WTO. Germany is a permanent observer in the OAS and on the Arctic Council. Both countries share a longstanding partnership in the Arctic; German experts regularly visit the Canadian Arctic to pursue science and research projects.

In light of demographic change and its growing multicultural society, Germany is also interested in Canada’s approach to immigration and integration.

Our common approaches to federalism have led to an increase in cooperation between Canadian provinces and German federal states, such as Alberta with Sachsen, British-Columbia with Rheinland-Pfalz, Ontario with Baden-Württemberg and Quebec with Bayern, Sachsen and Brandenburg.

The Political Section coordinates and contributes to the management of Canada-Germany bilateral relations, as well as the two countries’ wide-ranging cooperation on regional and global issues, including those agreed by G7 Foreign Ministers.  It monitors significant developments in German and European politics and in foreign and security policy, particularly as they may affect Canadian interests, providing analysis and briefings to decision-makers in Ottawa and the provinces, as well as to other Canadian stakeholders. The officers of the Political Section are in constant contact with the Chancellor’s office, the German Foreign Office, other government ministries, parliamentarians, political foundations, and non-governmental organizations, advocating Canadian interests and concerns, as well as facilitating and coordinating cooperation between governmental and non-governmental actors.

September 2016

Link: Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada


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