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Taking stock of Housing Strategy Promoting investment, ensuring affordability

More new housing was constructed in 2020, the first year of the coronavirus pandemic, than was the case in the past 20 years. That was the conclusion drawn two-and-a-half years after the launch of the Federal Government’s Housing Strategy. The goal of building 1.5 million new homes in the current legislative period is within reach, Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday at the digital conference to take stock of progress made on the Housing Strategy. more

Digital Education Initiative roll-out Boosting digital literacy for all ages

Giving people of all ages whatever their previous experience the opportunity to improve their digital literacy. That was the idea behind the Digital Education Initiative which Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Federal Education Minister, Anja Karliczek, have now launched. At an online kick-off event Angela Merkel made the point that everyone needed to have a sense of the importance of data. more

G7 video conference A very basic question of fairness

The G7 intends to push ahead with the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in poorer countries, and is providing additional billions of dollars to this end. Germany alone has pledged 1.5 billion euros, making it the largest financier of the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access initiative (COVAX).  more

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Chancellor Angela Merkel during a video conference with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan open popup Berlin, 8 February 2021: The week started with talks with Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Along with other topical issues, the conflict over gas exploration in the Eastern Mediterranean was one item on the agenda of the Chancellor’s video conference with the Turkish President. Photo: Bundesregierung/Kugler

Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks. open popup At a meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson later in the day, both leaders affirmed their support for the Covax global vaccination initiative and for the need to distribute COVID-19 vaccines equitably. Photo: Bundesregierung/Kugler

Chancellor Angela Merkel in conversation with Svenja Schulze, Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety open popup Berlin, 10 February 2021: The German government intends to improve living conditions for insects, while taking farmers’ interests into account. To prevent the loss of insect life, the Cabinet decided on Wednesday to amend the Federal Nature Conservation Act. Photo: Bundesregierung/Denzel

Chancellor Angela Merkel after a meeting with the Heads of Government of the Länder to discuss further action to address the pandemic open popup The Chancellor consulted with the Heads of Government of the Länder late into the evening on the next steps to address the pandemic. Then she met the press with Bavarian Minster-President Markus Söder and Berlin’s Governing Mayor Michael Müller. Photo: Bundesregierung/Bergmann

Chancellor Angela Merkel during the meeting with the Heads of Government of the Länder to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic open popup In view of the declining numbers of new cases, Angela Merkel stressed that we can be “very pleased”. She also warned of the need for caution. The mutations mean that there could be a third wave “which we would have to fight”. Photo: Bundesregierung/Bergmann

Chancellor Angela Merkel at the meeting with the Heads of Government of the Länder to discuss further action to address the pandemic open popup Against the backdrop of this two-pronged trend, the Chancellor and the Heads of Government of the Länder agreed to extend the COVID-19 measures currently in place until 7 March, while outlining prospects for the way forward. Photo: Bundesregierung/Bergmann

Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks in the German Bundestag. open popup Berlin, 11 February 2021: The next day, in the German Bundestag, the Chancellor explained the decisions taken at the meeting with the Heads of Government of the Länder. Photo: Bundesregierung/Denzel

Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks in the German Bundestag. open popup The Chancellor remembered the lives that have been lost during the pandemic. “The worst, saddest figure, the number of people dying of COVID-19 every day at last appears to be going down again,” said Angela Merkel. “Their loss and the grief of their loved ones is always with us when we make decisions during this pandemic. We owe them that.” Photo: Bundesregierung/Denzel

Chancellor Angela Merkel talks to Zdravko Krivokapić during a video conference. open popup In the afternoon the Chancellor held video conferences with new European heads of government. Zdravko Krivokapić was first. Since December 2020, the former university lecturer has been Prime Minister of the Balkan state of Montenegro. Photo: Bundesregierung/Steins

Chancellor Angela Merkel talks to Kaja Kallas during a video conference. open popup Kaja Kallas is even newer in her job. She took office as Estonian Prime Minister on 26 January. Photo: Bundesregierung/Steins

Chancellor Angela Merkel in conversation with the President of the German Horticultural Association, Jürgen Mertz, and Annika Stroers, this year's "German Flower Fairy" open popup Berlin, 12 February 2021: There is a long tradition of the Chancellor being presented with a bouquet to mark Valentine’s Day. The flowers were delivered to the Federal Chancellery, while Jürgen Mertz, President of the German Horticultural Association, and Annika Stroers, this year’s “German Flower Fairy”, sent their best wishes by video.
Photo: Bundesregierung/Bergmann

Chancellor Angela Merkel in conversation with Marietta Slomka open popup The Chancellor was a guest on the television news programme “heute journal”, where she answered the questions put by presenter Marietta Slomka. Photo: Bundesregierung/Bergmann

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