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13 Jan '06

The Chancellor’s travel reports

Chancellor Merkel and President Bush at their press conference.

"I'm happy that today was a good beginning ..."

Chancellor Angela Merkel's initial visit to the United States was the successful beginning of a new chapter in German-American relations. Speaking at a press conference in Washington on January 13, she and President George W. Bush stressed that in light of the threat posed by terrorism and the nuclear dispute with Iran intensive cooperation between the two countries is indispensable. more

12 Jan '06

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Chancellor Merkel and former Secretary of State Colin Powell.

Europe and the United States are indispensable partners

Speaking on the first day of her visit to Washington, Chancellor Angela Merkel noted that terrorism constitutes a major threat to the free nations of the world and that NATO is a key forum for discussions between Europe and the United States on ways and means of addressing this phenomenon. more

17 Dec '05

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Chancellor Merkel and Foreign Minister Steinmeier at the concluding press conference.

EU agrees on budget framework for 2007-2013

The European Union has once again proven its ability to function. A Franco-German compromise proposal brought a breakthrough at the EU budget talks in Brussels. The European heads of state and government approved a budget of 862.4 billion euros for financial period 2007-2013. Chancellor Angela Merkel called the result "a hopeful sign for the development of Europe". more

16 Dec '05

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Chancellor Merkel with the UK Presidency.

Europe searching for a compromise

The second day of talks on the EU budget for the period from 2007 to 2013 has begun in Brussels. Chancellor Angela Merkel noted that Germany could help bring about a constructive atmosphere for the negotiations but that as a major 'net payer' it, too, would need to be mindful of the size of the financial burdens it assumes. more

02 Dec '05

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Angela Merkel talking to Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz.

Looking ahead to the future in German-Polish relations

Germany and Poland will continue to pursue a path of reconciliation and good-neighborly relations in the European framework with a view to guaranteeing lasting peace in Europe. Chancellor Angela Merkel and Prime Minister Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz expressed their commitment to this objective during their meeting in Warsaw on Friday (December 2). more

27 Nov '05

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Merkel: Relations between Germany and Turkey are developing well.

Prospects for poorer countries in the Mediterranean region

The European Union wants to continue to strengthen its cultural and economic ties with those Mediterranean countries that are not EU members. Speaking on November 27 at the Euro-Mediterranean summit in Barcelona, Chancellor Angela Merkel noted the importance of improving economic prospects for the poorer Mediterranean countries. more

24 Nov '05

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Angela Merkel and Tony Blair in London.

United Kingdom and Germany important partners in Europe

On her second day in office (November 24) Chancellor Angela Merkel was in London for her first meeting with Prime Minister Tony Blair. Merkel noted that her visit underscored the special importance of good and friendly relations between Germany and the United Kingdom. more

23 Nov '05

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Merkel and Chirac.

In partnership with France for a strong Europe

Franco-German relations will continue to be a driving force for European integration and development of the European Union. Chancellor Angela Merkel reaffirmed this after a meeting with French President Jacques Chirac in Paris on November 23. Speaking in Brussels later the same day, Merkel stressed that there will be continuity with regard to German commitments in the European Union and NATO. more

23 Nov '05

Guarantee framework for Ukraine

Angela Merkel and Petro Poroshenko at thier joint press conference

"Both sides must do their bit"

In Kyiv the Chancellor has called for initiatives from both sides to bring about a peaceful solution to the conflict in Ukraine. "No one side can achieve peace alone," she declared in a joint statement to the press with President Petro Poroshenko. She pledged half a billion euros in German loan guarantees. more

23 Nov '05

European Council

Chancellor Angela Merkel talks to other heads of government before the first working session start.s

Making Europe more resilient to crises

The European Council has agreed on the banking union. Angela Merkel welcomed this agreement on Europe-wide rescue scheme for overly indebted banks within the EU, which she deemed a huge success. In future the European Union is also to cooperate more closely on security and defence matters. more

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