Germany is the only G7 country where neither the head of state nor the head of government uses Twitter. German Chancellor Angela Merkel refused to join the flock of world leaders on Twitter and admitted that the internet was “Neuland für uns alle”, unknown territory for us all.

Tweets from Germany leaders

Government of Germany Steffen Seibert

Steffen Seibert, the German government spokesman was quick to clarify Angela Merkel’s comment about the internet being unchartered territory that she meant "new political territory" on his official @RegSprecher Twitter account which has become Chancellor #Merkel’s voice on Twitter. His foray into Twitter in February 2011 irritated and angered the Berlin press corps who felt sidelined by the new communications channel. Steffen Seibert tweets on average almost four times per day, personally engaging with his followers. Seibert who generally tweets in German happily answers questions from Twitter users, except on weekends as he once tweeted in English: “It is Sunday and even I don't work 24/7.” The former journalist has organized several Twitterviews, hour long Twitter Q&A sessions. Seventeen percent of his posts are retweets of other government ministers mainly from the foreign ministry @AuswaertigesAmt and other ministries. Steffen Seibert’s most successful tweet concern Germany's participation in the FIFA World Cup 2014 with Chancellor Merkel photographed in the changing room with the German team. The account of Angela Merkel’s spokesperson is unilaterally followed by 27 other foreign leaders but mutually follows only three other world leaders.

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Steffen Seibert


Hier twittert Steffen Seibert, Sprecher der Bundesregierung und Chef des Bundespresseamtes (BPA). Tweets seiner Mitarbeiter/innen enden mit dem Kürzel (BPA).

Tweet analytics (as of April 2015)

Joined Twitter: 01/05/2011
Language: German
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 3.81
Retweets: 17%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.21
Replies/Tweet: 0.16
Tweets retweeted: 75%
Most mentioned @BesuchBPA (24), @tdotbpa (17), @TiloJung (14), @tddebpa (14), @max_power84 (13), @peteraltmaier (10), @fhollande (9), @EinAugenschmaus (7), @marianorajoy (5), @matteorenzi (4).
Average of retweets 19

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Foreign Ministry of Germany Auswärtiges Amt

Germany’s Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier does not have a personal Twitter account but his name #Steinmeier is the most used hashtag on the foreign ministry’s Twitter stream. The foreign ministry in Berlin tweets in German (@AuswaertigesAmt) since 28 March 2011 and in English (@GermanyDiplo) since 2 January 2012 and a third of its tweets are retweets often of its embassies and the Minister for European Affairs @MiRo_SPD. The German account has four times as many followers as the English one. The most popular tweet from January 2015 only consists of two Hashtags: ''#CharlieHebdo #JeSuisCharlie". @AuswaertigesAmt lists 56 embassies and missions on the twitter lists of foreign representations. Berlin is rather well connected, mutually following 49 and 62 other foreign offices and world leaders on the German and English accounts respectively. The network of its missions on Twitter has grown to 56 embassies and missions on its official Twitter list. The German Foreign office also has a Vine channel which was used quite creatively to support the German team during the FIFA World Cupo in 2014.

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Auswärtiges Amt


Aktuelle Nachrichten aus dem Auswärtigen Amt - Auf Englisch: @GermanyDiplo -

Tweet analytics (as of April 2015)

Joined Twitter: 03/28/2011
Language: German
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 11.39
Retweets: 34%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.51
Replies/Tweet: 0.18
Tweets retweeted: 56%
Most mentioned @LaurentFabius (44), @ChStraesser (36), @AuswaertigesAmt (36), @MiRo_SPD (32), @DFB_Team (29), @OSCE (27), @JohnKerry (21), @PavloKlimkin (18), @RegSprecher (15), @PHammondMP (15).
Average of retweets 13

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