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21 Mar '18

European Council in Brussels

Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at a press conference; beside her French President Emmanuel Macron.

Guidelines for Brexit negotiations adopted

At the meeting of the European Council, EU leaders demonstrated unity on trade issues and on the nerve agent attack in Salisbury. The EU27 adopted guidelines on the framework for a future relationship with the United Kingdom. Also on the agenda was the future architecture of the eurozone. more

19 Mar '18

The Chancellor in Warsaw

Chancellor Angela Merkel and Mateusz Morawiecki, Polish Prime Minister, at a joint press conference

For a common Europe agenda

The second official foreign trip of the re-elected Chancellor Angela Merkel has taken her to Warsaw. Poland is Germany’s immediate neighbour and a close ally. The two countries aim to work together for a stronger Europe. more

16 Mar '18

The Chancellor in Paris

Angela Merkel's first foreign trip after her re-election took her to Paris.

Finding common paths for Europe

By June, Germany and France aim to achieve an agreement in principle on eurozone reform, and on matter such as the EU’s asylum policy. When she met with French President Emmanuel Macron, Chancellor Angela Merkel said, "We must achieve results by June." more

02 Mar '18

Angela Merkel in North Africa

Chancellor Angela Merkel in conversation with Tunisia's President Beji Caid Essebsi

Working together to address illegal migration and terrorism

In future Tunisia will respond to enquiries regarding the identification of individuals within a month. Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Béji Caid Essebsi have agreed on this point. Asylum-seekers whose applications are rejected can thus be repatriated more swiftly. more

22 Feb '18

International High Level Conference on the Sahel

Angela Merkel in conversation

Significantly more assistance for the Sahel region

The EU is supporting the Sahel region in the fight against terrorism and organised crime. With the G5 Sahel Joint Force, the five Sahel states not only protect people in their own region. They are also doing a valuable job for Europe. more

22 Feb '18

European Council meets in Brussels

Chancellor Angela Merkel at the informal meeting of the European Council in Brussels

EU budget must be brought into line with priorities, says Chancellor

The EU heads of state and government agree that the EU’s budget must take account of the future priorities of the Union, reported Chancellor Angela Merkel at the close of the meeting in Brussels. more

20 Jan '18

Angela Merkel in Sofia

Chancellor Angela Merkel at a press conference with Boyko Borisov, Bulgaria's Prime Minister

Keeping sight of European neighbourhood

"For a peaceful Europe, we must live together harmoniously with the Western Balkan states," said Chancellor Angela Merkel following a meeting with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov in Sofia. The main reason for Chancellor’s trip to Sofia was Bulgaria’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union. more

19 Jan '18

Angela Merkel meets with Emmanuel Macron

Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron

Working together to strengthen Europe

When it comes to strengthening Europe the Chancellor is focusing her efforts on close cooperation with France. Speaking in Paris, she expressed her delight that the two countries "intend to renew the Elysée Treaty to address the challenges of the 21st century". Monday will mark the 55th anniversary of the signing of the Elysée Treaty. more

14 Dec '17

European Council

PESCO group photo

EU has taken a "good step" forward

The launch of a genuinely European defence policy and the go-ahead for the second stage of Brexit negotiations – two key outcomes of the European Council meeting in Brussels. With a view to economic and monetary union, the Chancellor declared her conviction that common solutions can be identified by summer 2018. more

13 Dec '17

G5 Sahel Summit near Paris

Chancellor Angela Merkel with G5 Sahel Summit participants

Germany supports measures to fight terrorism

Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for a swift start to anti-terror actions in the Sahel Zone. Germany, France and the European Union are supporting this fight. "We cannot afford to wait," declared Angela Merkel, because Islamist terrorism is spreading. more

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