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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

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

29 Nov '17

EU-Africa Summit

Family photo at the EU-Africa Summit

Promoting education, jobs and legal mobility

Matching the expectations of the youth of Africa, promoting opportunities for equal participation for all and implementing good governance. Those are the goals of the AU-EU Summit Chancellor Merkel said on Wednesday in Abidjan. She also called on businesses in Europe to be more willing to invest in Africa. more

19 Oct '17

European Council

Chancellor Angela Merkel at the final press conference on the European Council meeting

Europe to take its fate into its own hands

Making Europe fit for the future – the agenda for the future – was the focus of the second day of the meeting of EU heads of state and government in Brussels. There has also been some progress on Brexit negotiations, said the Chancellor, although the British government still has work to do. more

28 Sep '17

EU Digital Summit in Tallinn

Tallinn Digital Summit

Advancing Europe with digitalisation

"It was an inspiring day which also made it quite clear to us that we are far from being world leaders already," said Chancellor Angela Merkel, summing up the Tallinn Digital Summit. There is a very urgent need to develop the Digital Single Market as swiftly as possible, she said. The summit was an Estonian initiative. more

28 Aug '17

Angela Merkel on Paris meeting

Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and representatives of European and African states at a press conference in Paris

EU's cooperation with Africa to be stepped up

Europe and the African states intend to step up cooperation in the fight against criminal human traffickers – Europe is to provide more support for the African states. That is the outcome of a meeting between the Chancellor and the French President Macron in Paris with representatives of other European and African states. more

13 Jul '17

Franco-German Council of Ministers

Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Emmanuel Macron at the press conference on the Franco-German Council of Ministers

We must take charge of Europe's destiny, says Chancellor

Franco-German cooperation is to be stepped up with new élan, declared Chancellor Angela Merkel following the Franco-German Council of Ministers. Many beacon projects already exist. more

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