The proposal of Douglas Macgregor as US ambassador for Germany has been criticized in Germany and it has been suggested that the Germany government should simply refuse his diplomatic credentials. According to German Wikipedia the first step of being accepted as an ambassador to a foreign state is to discreetly ask the foreign state if the ambassador would be accepted, which must be agreed to formally and can be refused without giving any reasons.

Though this is unlikely for political reasons to happen for a proposed US ambassador to Germany - do we know if the Federal Republic of Germany has ever done this?

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    Today I read a comment on the problem the other way around (faz.net/aktuell/politik/ausland/…, paywall). The current proposed ambassador of Germany in Poland waits for the Agrément already for 13 weeks. A few other cases of the last years are named: 2013 the Germany -> Tansania (Margit Hellwig-Bötte), Agrément denied; 2015 France -> Holy See (Laurent Stefanini), Agrément did not come over months, so that another candidate were proposed; Russia -> Ukraine (Michail Babitsch), Agrément denied.
    – K-HB
    Commented Aug 26, 2020 at 7:21
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    So it seems to be seldom, but it happens and also happens that it gets publicly known.
    – K-HB
    Commented Aug 26, 2020 at 7:21


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