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15 Dec '16

Outcome of the European Council meeting

European Union: flag and map of the European continent

Defence is to become more European

Europe intends to cooperate more closely on security and defence policy. The geopolitical challenges it faces makes this essential. The EU heads of state and government have provided significant impetus in this direction at the European Council meeting. more

24 Nov '16

Angela Merkel in Brussels

Chancellor Angela Merkel gives a statement to the press on her arrival at the EU Eastern Partnership meeting.

Eastern states are important partners for EU

At the Eastern Partnership summit the Chancellor has stressed the importance of relations with neighbouring countries to the east of the EU. The meeting focused on economic cooperation and political dialogue. Angela Merkel discussed the conflict in Ukraine with President Petro Poroshenko. more

20 Oct '16

European Council in Brussels

Responding to international crises

What’s at stake this time in Brussels? Heads of state and government intend to discuss elimination of root causes of migration and flight. They also will coordinate their positions on foreign policy matters. Focus is on the relationship of the European Union (EU) with Russia regarding developments in Syria and the Ukraine conflict. more

20 Oct '16

European Council meets in Brussels

Angela Merkel calls for an end to barbarous actions in Syria

The European Council has strongly condemned the attacks on civilians in Aleppo and called for unhindered humanitarian access. more

11 Oct '16

The Chancellor's trip to Africa

Chancellor Angela Merkel is welcomed with military honours in Addis Ababa.

Stepping up engagement for the African Union

During her visit to Ethiopia, Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for greater democracy and for conflicts to be resolved through dialogue. In Addis Ababa she met with Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn and officially opened the new Peace and Security Building of the African Union. more

10 Oct '16

The Chancellor's Africa trip

President Issoufou Mahamadou welcomes  Chancellor Angela Merkel to the Niger.

Expanding assistance for the Niger

The Chancellor has flown on to the Niger, the next stop on her African trip. Her meeting with President Mahamadou Issoufou focused on the country’s migration policy and a planned migration partnership with the European Union. more

09 Oct '16

The Chancellor’s trip to Africa

Chancellor Angela Merkel and the delegation welcoming her to Mali

More support for Mali

Chancellor Angela Merkel has pledged Mali’s President, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, more support for his country. Mali was the first stop on the Chancellor’s three-day trip to Africa, which will also take in Niger and Ethiopia. Africa is increasingly a focus of Germany’s foreign, security and development policy. more

24 Sep '16

Angela Merkel at the Western Balkans Summit

Working session of the heads of state and government in the Grand Hall of the Council of Ministers in Vienna

Combat illegality, strengthen legality

The Chancellor sees progress in the fight against illegal migration. The number of incoming refugees has decreased compared with the situation eleven months ago, and processes have been improved, she said at the end of the Western Balkans meeting in Vienna. more

16 Sep '16

Angela Merkel in Bratislava

Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President François Hollande at a press conference following the EU meeting in Bratislava

"Spirit of cooperation" reigns at EU meeting

Migration, securing the external borders, internal and external security and ensuring an economic future for all EU citizens – these are the priorities of the Bratislava agenda. In the wake of the Brexit referendum, the remaining 27 EU member states intend to work on the basis of shared values, stressed Chancellor Angela Merkel. more

15 Sep '16

Angela Merkel meets with François Hollande

Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at a joint press conference with French President François Hollande in Paris.

We must respond together to the weaknesses of the EU

Security, shared values and the viability of the EU as we move forward – these are the priorities that Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President François Hollande would like to set at the EU leaders’ meeting in Bratislava. more

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