Honorary consul, a class of voluntary diplomat, are among the least regulated actors in international diplomacy. A joint investigation by DW and partners reveals how it is abused by criminals and even terrorists.
The spokesperson for the French foreign ministry, Anne-Claire Legendre, granted an interview to FRANCE 24's Armen Georgian. She discussed the current challenges faced by French diplomats and explained the "diplomacy of combat" championed by President Emmanuel Macron at a recent address to French ambassadors.
French foreign ministry spokesperson Anne-Claire Legendre discussed the current challenges faced by French diplomats and explained the "diplomacy of combat" championed by President Emmanuel Macron at a recent address to French ambassadors.
21 Mar 2022
Russia this week widened its military offensive in Ukraine. For the first time, Russian forces have begun striking targets in the west of the country. But in addition to bombarding new cities, Russia is continuing its bombardment of Mariupol in the south, as well as Sumy and Kharkiv to the northeast. Satellite images of the long-awaited Russian convoy suggest that it is attempting to encircle the capital, Kyiv.
5 Feb 2022
"Everything is on the table" regarding new EU sanctions on Russia - but "de-escalation through diplomacy" remains the bloc's priority in the Ukraine crisis. So says EU Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders in an in-depth interview with FRANCE 24's Europe Editor Catherine Nicholson. The former Belgian foreign minister said the European Commission is preparing measures that could include individual sanctions on "people involved in the possible aggression – such as freezing their assets or a travel ban", as well as what he described as "concrete economic sanctions: transfer of technologies from Europe and in co-ordination with the United States; energy; and maybe financial services".
2 Jan 2022
Germany's new government will face several domestic and international challenges in the new year. Still, a sense of optimism prevails.
19 Sep 2021
Talking to the Taliban is not the same as recognizing their rule in Afghanistan, German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer told DW.
16 Jul 2021
EU members "have their geo-strategic calculations in mind, and will likely favor countries that are friendly or important to European interests," says one ASEAN expert in response to the bloc's global vaccine drive.
7 May 2021
G7 ministers have criticized Russia and China as they "revitalize in-person diplomacy." But the first face-to-face talks in over two years weren't the fresh start they hoped for after a COVID scare unsettled proceedings.
6 May 2021
The White House says Joe Biden is aiming for a realistic approach towards North Korea's denuclearization rather than his predecessor's "grand bargain" strategy.
20 Feb 2021
India's government has been supplying countries around the world with free coronavirus vaccine doses. However, there is some worry that this "vaccine diplomacy" will come at a cost to vulnerable Indians.
10 Nov 2020
What have diplomacy, faith, and gender got to do with each other? That's the subject of a conference held by the world’s biggest interreligious non-governmental organization, Religions for Peace, in Lindau, Germany.