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08 Jun '18

Germany at the G7 summit

G7 summit participants

For free trade and multilateralism

At the G7 summit in Canada, Chancellor Angela Merkel advocated, above all, free trade and multilateralism. She also called for "significant progress" to be made on implementing the Minsk agreements. All in all, she reported before the summit came to a close, there had been "extremely frank, and in some cases controversial discussions". more

23 May '18

Angela Merkel in China

Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese businessmen, along with a Siemens representative, at the opening of a new Innovation Hub of the German Chamber of Commerce in China

Cooperating well and fairly

Multilateralism, rules-based open global trade, the Iran nuclear deal and North Korea were the political items on the agenda of the Chancellor’s trip. She also met with artists and human rights campaigners. And she visited Shenzhen – China’s Silicon Valley. more

18 May '18

Angela Merkel visits Vladimir Putin

Chancellor Angela Merkel at a joint press conference with Russia's President Vladimir Putin

Exploring all avenues to engage in dialogue

At a meeting with President Vladimir Putin in Sochi, Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for the implementation of the political decisions laid out in the Minsk agreements. There is a will, also on the part of the EU, to uphold the existing nuclear deal with Iran, while also discussing open questions including Iran’s missile programme. more

16 May '18

EU-Western Balkans Summit

Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at a press conference following the Western Balkans Summit

European prospects for the Western Balkan states

"All these countries have clear prospects of accession to the European Union," said the Chancellor at the end of the EU-Western Balkans Summit in Sofia. Before accession, however, some reforms are still needed, regarding the rule of law to give one example. more

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

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