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38 | 39 FOREIGN POLICY FOREIGN POLICY Civil Policy-Shaping Power ∙ Committed to Peace and Security ∙ Advocate of European Integration ∙ Protection of Human Rights ∙ Sustainable Development INSIGHT CIVIL POLICY-SHAPING POWER On the international stage, Germany enjoys with France in the European Union (EU), firm a very broad network of close contacts. It roots in the community of values shaped by maintains diplomatic relations with almost the transatlantic alliance with the USA, sup- 200 countries and is a member of all the im- port of the right of Israel to exist, active and portant multilateral organisations and in- committed involvement in the United Na- formal international coordination groups tions (UN) and the Council of Europe, as well such as the “Group of Seven” (G7) and the as the strengthening of the European secur- “Group of Twenty ” (G20). Dr. Frank-Walter ity structure through the OSCE. Steinmeier (SPD) has been Federal Foreign Minister since 2013, having previously held Together with its partners, Germany pro- the office from 2005 until 2009. The Federal motes peace, security, democracy, and hu- Foreign Office, which is based in Berlin, has man rights all over the world. Alongside around 11,230 staff members. In total, Ger- crisis prevention, disarmament, and arms many maintains 227 missions abroad. control, the broad notion of security promulgated by Germany embraces sustainable The primary objective of German foreign economic, ecological, and social aspects. policy is to ensure peace and security in the These include a globalisation that offers op- world. The basic premises on which it is based portunities for everyone, cross-border envi- include the nation’s full integration into the ronmental and climate protection, dialogue structures of multilateral cooperation. In between cultures, and openness towards concrete terms this means: close partnership guests and immigrants.