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Merkel meets Orbán Important partner in protecting external borders

During the Hungarian Prime Minister’s visit, the Chancellor emphasised Hungary’s importance in protecting the external Schengen borders. At the same time, Merkel appealed for humanity in dealing with migrants. "Isolation" is not the way forward. more

Chancellor on the Budget Germany's future - connected with Europe

Germany's future is closely connected with Europe, the global order and the question of how we manage digitalisation, said Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel. During her budget speech in the Bundestag, she spoke about migration, digital infrastructure and the first 100 days in office of the Federal Government. more

Merkel receives May Close cooperation despite Brexit

Germany and the United Kingdom should "remain closely connected", even after the country leaves the EU. This was emphasised by Federal Chancellor Merkel during a visit by British Prime Minister May in Berlin. The negotiations are now entering a decisive phase. more

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Paderborn, 16.07.18: Chancellor Angela Merkel visits male nurse Ferdi Cebi (at left) at work in a Paderborn nursing home, as she promised him during a television show.

Chancellor Angela Merkel deep in conversation during her visit to the Trede family's dairy farm open popup Photo series Photo: Bundesregierung/Kugler

Cebi called for better working conditions for nursing staff. His profession, he said, is a wonderful profession, and something has to be done.

Chancellor Angela Merkel visits the St. Johannisstift nursing home. open popup Photo series Photo: Bundesregierung/Kugler

More nursing staff, better pay, better working conditions, improved training, acceptable working hours and more recognition for the profession - these are the points that the German government intends to address, said Angela Merkel.

Chancellor Angela Merkel talks to residents during her visit to the St. Johannisstift nursing home. open popup Photo series Photo: Bundesregierung/Kugler

Berlin, 18.07.18: At the start of the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz presented the Chancellor with a bouquet. She celebrated her 64th birthday on Tuesday.

Chancellor Angela Merkel talks to a resident during her visit to the St. Johannisstift nursing home. open popup Photo series Photo: Bundesregierung/Koall

In the afternoon Angela Merkel visited Caritas in Cologne. At the organisation's "Café Querbeet" she saw where Natalie Dedreux works. The Chancellor met the young woman with Down syndrom during a television show in late 2017.

Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz presents Chancellor Angela Merkel with a birthday bouquet before the Cabinet meeting. open popup Photo series Photo: Bundesregierung/Denzel

At Caritas' "Maria Hilf" nursery, the Chancellor was enthusiastic about the inclusive concept it follows, and the special language support provided. Facilities like these need to be able to offer places for more children, she said.

Chancellor Angela Merkel in conversation with Natalie Dedreux during a visit to Caritas' Cologne-Kalk centre open popup Photo series Photo: Bundesregierung/Denzel

"The way chldren's lives are shaped here in their first few years obviously impacts on the opportunities and prospects they have in future."

Chancellor Angela Merkel visits Caritas' Cologne-Kalk centre. open popup Photo series Photo: Bundesregierung/Denzel

The nationwide telephone hotline celebrated its fifth anniversary this March. Chancellor Angela Merkel and Federal Family Affairs Minister Franziska Giffey visited the office to find out more about its work.

Chancellor Angela Merkel visits Caritas' Cologne-Kalk centre. open popup Photo series Photo: Bundesregierung/Denzel

Nienborstel, 19.07.18: On Thursday the Chancellor visited the Trede family on their farm in Schleswig-Holstein. During the television programme "Wahlarena 2017" in September 2017 they invited her to the farm.

Chancellor Angela Merkel talks with one of the women who staff the telephone hotline "Violence against Women" within the Federal Office of Family Affairs and Civil Society Functions (BAFZA). open popup Photo series Photo: Bundesregierung/Denzel

The German government believes that dairy farms like the Trede family's farm are vitally important for German agriculture - especially in view of the extensive grassland farming.

Chancellor Angela Merkel visits Ursula Trede's dairy farm in Nienborstel. open popup Photo series Photo: Bundesregierung/Denzel

Angela Merkel assured the Trede family, and the thousands of small farmers like them in Germany, that the aim is to put in place the conditions that will enable them to continue to farm.

Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ursula Trede with the newly born calf "Wirbelwind" (whirlwind) open popup Photo series Photo: Bundesregierung/Denzel

Berlin, 20.07.18: The last official appearance of Chancellor Angela Merkel before her vacation

Chancellor Angela Merkel gives her summer press conference. open popup Photo series Photo: Bundesregierung/Zahn

Before the ranks of Berlin's press, she traditionally states her position on topical issues.

Chancellor Angela Merkel gives her summer press conference. open popup Photo series Photo: Bundesregierung/Zahn

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