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IAA in Frankfurt/Main Automotive industry is key industry, says Merkel

Chancellor Merkel has stressed how hugely important the German automotive industry is for jobs and growth. "We know how important your sector is for our country," the Chancellor said at the start of the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt/Main on Thursday. more

Merkel at international peace meeting "Religions have a mandate to work for peace"

"Dialogue between religions is possible as well as necessary," Chancellor Merkel said at the Sant'Egidio International Peace Meeting. There was never any justification for war and violence in the name of any religion, even if some groups invoked religious grounds for them, she added. more

Merkel in telephone call with Putin Movement on UN mission in Donbass

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by telephone on Monday to discuss his country's recent proposal for a UN Blue Helmet mission in eastern Ukraine. The proposal was met with reservations when it was put forward last week because it contradicted an earlier Ukrainian proposal. more

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Berlin, 13.09.2017: On Wednesday, at its 162nd meeting, the Cabinet looked at the progress report on the development of a German national system for promoting structurally weak regions as of 2020.

Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives at the Cabinet meeting. open popup unnamed Photo: Bundesregierung/Kugler

Frankfurt am Main, 14.09.17: The IAA is held to be one of the world's largest and most important motor shows. On Thursday the Chancellor attended the opening of the 67th International Motor Show.

Chancellor Angela Merkel tours the 67th International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt am Main. open popup unnamed Photo: Bundesregierung/Zahn

Angela Merkel pointed to the importance of Germany's automobile industry in terms of generating jobs and growth.

Chancellor's Angela Merkel final statement at the official opening of the 67th International Motor Show (IAA). open popup unnamed Photo: Bundesregierung/Kugler

"We know what this sector means for our country." But the Chancellor also called on the automobile industry to regain the trust of consumers as swiftly as possible.

Chancellor Angela Merkel tours the 67th International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt am Main. open popup unnamed Photo: Bundesregierung/Kugler

The Chancellor urged German and foreign manufacturers to improve the environment by retrofitting diesel vehicles. She rejected any out and out condemnation of diesel technology, however.

Chancellor Angela Merkel tours the 67th International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt am Main. open popup unnamed Photo: Bundesregierung/Zahn

Berlin, 15.09.17: Germany would like to help resolve the conflict between Qatar and its neighbours, said Angela Merkel during the visit of the Emir of Qatar on Friday.

Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomes the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani. open popup unnamed Photo: Bundesregierung/Kugler

In June Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain broke off diplomatic relations with Qatar. They accuse it of supporting extremism.

Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, on a terrace of the Federal Chancellery open popup unnamed Photo: Bundesregierung/Kugler

Shortly after this, the Chancellor welcomed the new French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe with military honours. It was his inaugural visit to Berlin.

Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomes the new French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe. open popup unnamed Photo: Bundesregierung/Zahn

Their talks fcused on the proposals made by Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, on the future of the EU.

Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomes the new French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe. open popup unnamed Photo: Bundesregierung/Kugler

Angela Merkel stressed that although the goal is to welcome as many countries as possible into the eurozone, it is important that "the criteria for membership are met".

Chancellor Angela Merkel in conversation with the French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe open popup unnamed Photo: Bundesregierung/Kugler

Angela Merkel wished him "strength and success" in the labour market reforms launched by the new French government, which are currently at a critical stage.

Chancellor Angela Merkel in conversation with French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe open popup unnamed Photo: Bundesregierung/Zahn

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