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Civil war in Syria Only a political solution will bring peace

In view of the situation in Syria, a new political process must be initiated. A long-term peaceful solution is only conceivable without Bashar al-Assad, said federal government spokesperson Steffen Seibert in Berlin. more

Angela Merkel meets Petro Poroshenko "It is about the people in eastern Ukraine"

At a press conference with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed that there is still no real ceasefire in eastern Ukraine. Progress on implementing the Minsk agreements has "unfortunately been very modest, to put it positively". more

European Council in Brussels Guidelines for Brexit negotiations adopted

At the meeting of the European Council, EU leaders demonstrated unity on trade issues and on the nerve agent attack in Salisbury. The EU27 adopted guidelines on the framework for a future relationship with the United Kingdom. Also on the agenda was the future architecture of the eurozone. more

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The Chancellor in pictures

Berlin, 16.04.18: Two months before the start of the FIFA World Cup, a delegation from the German Football Associaiton (DFB) visited Chancellor Angela Merkel. They presented her with a football jersey signed by the players.

Chancellor Angela Merkel is presented with a football jersey by the German Football Association (DFB). open popup The Chancellor in pictures Photo: Bundesregierung/Bergmann

Berlin, 17.04.18: New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern visits the Chancellor.

Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomes Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand's Prime Minister. open popup The Chancellor in pictures Photo: Bundesregierung/Bergmann

Angela Merkel and Jacinda Ardern advocate a modern free trade agreement between the EU and New Zealand.

Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomes Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand's Prime Minister with military honours. open popup The Chancellor in pictures Photo: Bundesregierung/Bergmann

The agreement should embrace social issues, as well as climate change mitigation and sustainability, said Angela Merkel.

Chancellor Angela Merkel and Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand's Prime Minister in conversation on one of the terraces of the Federal Chancellery open popup The Chancellor in pictures Photo: Bundesregierung/Bergmann

"The fate of expellees needs special attention," underscored Chancellor Angela Merkel in the evening at the annual reception of the German League of Expellees.

Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at the annual reception of the German League of Expellees. open popup The Chancellor in pictures Photo: Bundesregierung/Steins

Bad Schmiedeberg, 18.04.18: There was a warm welcome on Wednesday, when the Chancellor arrived for her meeting with the state premiers of the eastern federal states.

Passers-by welcome Chancellor Angela Merkel as she arrives in Bad Schmiedeberg for the 45th regional meeting of the state premiers of the eastern federal states. open popup The Chancellor in pictures Photo: Bundesregierung/Denzel

It was the 45th meeting of its sort, and focused on the concerns of the eastern states as laid out in the coalition agreement.

The 45th regional meeting of the state premiers of the eastern federal states in Bad Schmiedeberg open popup The Chancellor in pictures Photo: Bundesregierung/Denzel

Berlin, 19.04.18: Germany and France intend to present joint proposals for reform at the European Council meeting at the end of June.

Chancellor Angela Merkel in conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron open popup The Chancellor in pictures Photo: Bundesregierung/Bergmann

The reforms relate to the European asylum system, common foreign policy and Economic and Monetary Union. Talks will be continued on 19 June when the Franco-German Council of Ministers meet.

Chancellor Angela Merkel in conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron open popup The Chancellor in pictures Photo: Bundesregierung/Bergmann

Berlin, 20.04.18: Friday saw Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pay a working visit to Berlin.

Chancellor Angela Merkel receives Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. open popup The Chancellor in pictures Photo: Bundesregierung/Kugler

The Chancellor in pictures

Meseberg, 11.04.18: In the morning the Cabinet ministers met, for a change not at the Federal Chancellery.

At the start of the Cabinet meeting in Schloss Meseberg, Chancellor Angela Merkel talks with Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas. open popup The Chancellor in pictures Photo: Bundesregierung/Steins

The Cabinet spent two days in Meseberg discussing in detail the focuses of government policy.

Chancellor Angela Merkel at the start of the Cabinet meeting at Schloss Meseberg open popup The Chancellor in pictures Photo: Bundesregierung/Steins

With Deputy Federal Chancellor and Federal Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, the Chancellor met the press at the end of the retreat.

Chancellor Angela Merkel and Olaf Scholz, Federal Minister of Finance on their way to the press conference open popup The Chancellor in pictures Photo: Bundesregierung/Steins

A "marked will to cooperate" was apparent. All Cabinet ministers are determined "to address the tasks laid out in the Coalition Agreement".

Chancellor Angela Merkel and Olaf Scholz, Federal Finance Minister at the press conference open popup The Chancellor in pictures Photo: Bundesregierung/Steins

Meseberg, 10.04.18: On Tuesday morning Chancellor Angela Merkel and the members of the new Cabinet arrived in Meseberg for the Cabinet retreat.

Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives at Schloss Meseberg for the Cabinet retreat. open popup The Chancellor in pictures Photo: Bundesregierung/Steins

Ingo Kramer (l.), President of the Confederation of German Employers' Associations, and Reiner Hoffmann, President of the German Trade Union Confederation, were also invited to participate in the discussion on full employment.

Ingo Kramer (l.), President of the Confederation of German Employers' Associations, and Reiner Hoffmann, President of the  German Trade Union Confederation in discussion open popup The Chancellor in pictures Photo: Bundesregierung/Steins

Policy on working time was an important topic. One of the new government's first bills is to facilitate the move from part-time to full-time work.

Chancellor Angela Merkel and Cabinet ministers before the initial session with BDA President Ingo Kramer and DGB President Reiner Hoffmann open popup The Chancellor in pictures Photo: Bundesregierung/Steins

The obligatory family photo of the entire Cabinet

Family photo open popup The Chancellor in pictures Photo: Bundesregierung/Steins

In the afternoon NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg arrived at the retreat. Talks with him focused on foreign policy issues.

Chancellor Angela Merkel, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and Federal Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen open popup The Chancellor in pictures Photo: Bundesregierung/Steins

The EU's expectations of Germany were discussed in the evening with Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission.

Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomes Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission. open popup The Chancellor in pictures Photo: Bundesregierung/Steins

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