Published: July 3, 2017
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This Lancet Series examines both the health system within Germany and Germany’s growing engagement with the wider world by embracing global health. Almost 135 years of statutory health insurance shaped by the solidarity principle and self-governance has created a remarkably resilient and successful system that has persisted despite wars, the country’s division, and reunification. Germany’s involvement in global health has come late compared with other countries, but in recent years under Angela Merkel’s leadership, Germany has shown a growing financial and political interest and involvement in global health, rooted in human rights, multilateralism, and the Bismarck model of social protection. To continue this welcome development in the era of the Sustainable Development Goals, expertise, skills, and knowledge in global health within Germany need to be strengthened.