Federal Foreign Office

The Federal Foreign Office (German: Auswärtiges Amt, pronounced [ˈaʊ̯sˌvɛʁtɪɡəs ˈamt] (listen)), abbreviated AA, is the foreign ministry of the Federal Republic of Germany, a federal agency responsible for both the country's foreign policy and its relationship with the European Union. It is a cabinet-level ministry. Since December 2021, Annalena Baerbock has served as Foreign Minister, succeeding Heiko Maas. The primary seat of the ministry is at the Werderscher Markt [de] square in the Mitte district, the historic centre of Berlin.

Federal Foreign Office
German: Auswärtiges Amt (AA)

Entrance to the Foreign Office building
Agency overview
Formed12 January 1870; 153 years ago (12 January 1870)
JurisdictionGovernment of Germany
HeadquartersWerderscher Markt 1
10117 Berlin
52°30′53″N 13°23′58″E
Employees11,652 Foreign Service staff
5,622 local employees[1]
Annual budget6.302 billion (2021)[2]
Minister responsible
Agency executives
Websitewww.auswaertiges-amt.de/en

The term Auswärtiges Amt was the name of the Foreign Office established in 1870 by the North German Confederation, which then became the German Empire's Foreign Office in 1871. It is still the name of the German foreign ministry today. From 1871 to 1919, the Foreign Office was led by a Foreign Secretary, and since 1919, it has been led by the Foreign Minister of Germany.


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