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12 Jul '17

Western Balkans Summit

Chancellor Angela Merkel with other participants of the Fourth Western Balkans Summit in Trieste, as they gather for a family photo at the harbour

Working together for positive development

Along with other EU member states, Germany trusts that the six Western Balkan states will continue to move closer to the European Union. The future of the Western Balkans lies in the European Union, says the declaration by the Italian Chair. more

22 Jun '17

Outcomes of the European Council meeting

Press conference with Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron at the European Council meeting in Brussels

Summit demonstrated confidence and vigour

The European Council meeting has come to a close, with concrete results especially in the fields of counter-terrorism and defence cooperation. All EU leaders have also clearly reaffirmed their commitment to the Paris Agreement on climate change. The Chancellor said the summit radiated "confidence and vigour". more

16 Jun '17

Chancellor meets Pope Francis

Chancellor Angela Merkel and Pope Francis in the Vatican's Apostolic Palace

"We should not build walls, but tear them down"

Pope Francis received Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday at the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace. One point discussed during the private audience was the agenda of this summer’s G20 summit in Hamburg. more

07 Jun '17

Latin America trip

The Argentinian President Mauricio Macri greets Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Angela Merkel praises Argentina's openness

Chancellor Angela Merkel has praised Argentina for its "courageous reform path", which she said is making the country economically stronger and more open. She said that she supports its wish to see a free trade agreement concluded soon between the European Union and the states of South America. Today, Angela Merkel will fly on to Mexico. more

07 Jun '17

Merkel in Latin America

Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel is welcomed by Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Mexico.

Commitment to free trade and climate protection

Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Argentina and Mexico in preparation for the G20 summit. Topics included economic and trade policy and climate protection. Talks also focused on the human rights situation in Mexico and the situation of journalists threatened by violence and persecution. more

26 May '17

G7 summit in Italy

Overview of the G7 session with outreach partners

Difficult discussions of global issues

Agreement on the fight against terrorism, progress on free trade, but no agreement on climate change mitigation – that is a brief round-up of the G7 summit in Sicily. On some points there was a high level of agreement, while on others we must note dissent, reported Chancellor Angela Merkel. more

25 May '17

Angela Merkel at the NATO meeting in Brussels

Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at the unveiling of the Berlin Wall Monument in Brussels; beside her NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

Openness, not isolation

"Isolationism and walls are not successful, but open societies built on shared values," declared the Chancellor at the unveiling of a Berlin Wall memorial in front of the new NATO Headquarters in Brussels. Angela Merkel described NATO’s decision to join the "anti-IS coalition" as a "strong sign". more

02 May '17

Angela Merkel meets Vladimir Putin in Sochi

Chancellor Angela Merkel in conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin

Open dialogue in spite of differences of opinion

During her visit the Chancellor pointed to the importance of civil liberties for civil society. With respect to the conflict in Ukraine she called for an implementation of the Minsk agreements. Also on the agenda were the situation in Syria and the G20 summit in July. more

30 Apr '17

Angela Merkel visits the Gulf

Angela Merkel and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi

Important actors in the region

As part of the preparations for the G20 summit, Chancellor Angela Merkel has visited Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Topics on the agenda included climate change mitigation and women's rights, as well as efforts to find a political solution for Syria and Yemen. more

29 Apr '17

Special meeting of the European Council on Brexit

Angela Merkel and Steffen Seibert at the press conference in Brussels

EU-27 demonstrate unity

The heads of state and government of the 27 remaining EU member states have unanimously adopted the Brexit negotiating guidelines. The "EU-27" thus stand united for a properly regulated transition in which the interests of affected citizens will have priority. more

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