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18 Dec '13

Franco-German relations

Angela Merkel and François Hollande

"Time to start a new phase"

Close Franco-German cooperation remains central to German foreign policy. Only one day after she was confirmed in office as Chancellor, Angela Merkel met with French President François Hollande. more

28 Nov '13

Eastern Partnership

EU heads of government at the negotiating table, with Chancellor Angela Merkel in the middle

Moving closer to the EU

At the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius, the European Union initialled Association Agreements with Georgia and the Republic of Moldova. Chancellor Angela Merkel reaffirmed that the door will remain open for Ukraine, in spite of the fact that it has suspended preparations for the signing of an Association Agreement. more

12 Nov '13

European labour market

Chancellor Angela Merkel and President François Hollande at the press conference

EU Youth Guarantee

The heads of state and government of EU member states have agreed at a high-level conference on youth unemployment in Paris that all young people should be guaranteed a job or training. Chancellor Angela Merkel pointed to the responsibility of each individual state. more

24 Oct '13

European Council

Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel im Gespräch mit Ratsteilnehmern

Greater coordination of economic policy

The heads of state and government of the EU have agreed to complete the digital single market by 2015. Another item on the agenda of the European Council was youth unemployment. And the allegations that US intelligence agencies have been eavesdropping were also the subject of deliberations. more

05 Sep '13

G20 summit

Angela Merkel deep in discussion with Enrico Letta, Barack Obama and David Cameron (left to right).

Fighting tax avoidance and shadow banking

A roadmap for regulating shadow banking, measures to tackle tax avoidance and an action plan for robust economic growth – the outcomes of the G20 summit "are impressive" said Chancellor Angela Merkel. The situation in Syria was also on the agenda. more

17 Jun '13

G8 summit

The heads of state and government on the way to pose for the traditional family photo

Pulling together to clamp down on tax evasion

At the summit in Northern Ireland the G8 leaders have agreed to share data and information in an effort to clamp down on tax evasion. Negotiations were also launched on a free trade agreement between the European Union and the USA. more

30 May '13


Angela Merkel and François Hollande smile as he welcomes her to Paris.

For a stronger Europe

Chancellor Angel Merkel and French President François Hollande have met in Paris to hammer out common positions for the coming European Council meeting in June, so that progress can be made on the Economic and Monetary Union. more

22 May '13

European Council

The Chancellor talks to Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite and Slovenian Prime Minister Alenka Bratusek

EU gets tough on tax evasion

Meeting in Brussels, the European Council has taken a firm stance on tax evasion. The summit meeting also agreed on measures to curb further rises in energy prices and looked at youth unemployment within the European Union. more

18 May '13

Private audience at the Vatican

Pope Francis welcomes the Chancellor to a private audience.

The Chancellor meets Pope Francis

Chancellor Angela Merkel has visited the Vatican where she met Pope Francis for a private audience. They discussed globalisation, the European Union and the role of Europe in the world. more

19 Mar '13

Inauguration of Pope Francis

The Chancellor congratulates Pope Francis

"A great pleasure and an honour"

Some 200,000 people packed into St. Peter’s Square in Rome for the inauguration Mass of Pope Francis. Heads of state and government from around the world attended, including Chancellor Angela Merkel. more

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