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Chancellor Angela Merkel in Sopron Thanks to the Hungarian people

Thirty years ago the Iron Curtain opened in Hungary. "World history was written," said Chancellor Angela Merkel looking back at the Pan-European Picnic on 19 August 1989. She was in Sopron to attend the anniversary celebrations of the opening of the Hungarian border. more

Open day draws to a close Politics - close enough to touch

It was the 21st time that the Federal Chancellery, the federal ministries and the Federal Press Office had opened their doors for the general public. This weekend crowds of people made the most of the opportunity to take a look behind the scenes. more

Farewell for the former Federal Defence Minister Military tattoo as farewell for Ursula von der Leyen

Federal Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has bid farewell to her predecessor Ursula von der Leyen with a military tattoo in Berlin. Chancellor Angela Merkel also attended.  more

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The Chancellor in pictures

Chancellor Angela Merkel with Andreas Ebel, editor in chief of the newspaper Ostsee-Zeitung, and Gordon Repinski, head of the Berlin office and deputy editor of RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland. open popup Stralsund, 13 August 2019: The Chancellor's first major appearance after the summer break took her to a readers' forum organised by the newspaper Ostsee-Zeitung. Photo: Bundesregierung/Steins

Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at the readers' forum organised by the newspaper, Ostsee-Zeitung. open popup At the readers' forum she answered questions from the audience - more than a dozen in the allotted time. Photo: Bundesregierung/Steins

Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at the readers' forum organised by the newspaper, Ostsee-Zeitung. open popup The questions covered a wide spectrum of issues, from refugee policy to fake news, Greta Thunberg, the climate and generations to come - to her own health and her idea of a perfect day. Photo: Bundesregierung/Steins

A hand-shake before the Cabinet meeting begins open popup Berlin, 14 August 2019: The Cabinet met on Wednesday. To relieve the burden on the adult children of parents in need of nursing care, the Cabinet adopted a new bill (Angehörigen-Entlastungsgesetz). Photo: Bundesregierung/Denzel

Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomes Gitanas Nauseda, Lithuania's President. open popup He's been in office for a good two months - in the afternoon Lithuania's new President, Gitanas Nausėda, visited the Chancellor. Photo: Bundesregierung/Bergmann

Chancellor Angela Merkel during lunch with Lithuania's President, Gitanas Nauseda open popup "We look forward to very close cooperation, both at bilateral level and within the framework of the European Union," said Angela Merkel at their meeting. Photo: Bundesregierung/Bergmann

Chancellor Angela Merkel in discussion with Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda, on one of the terraces of the Federal Chancellery open popup The Chancellor also praised the intensive cooperation with his predecessor Dalia Grybauskaitė. She is sure that cooperation with the new President will be close, cordial and intensive, she said.  Photo: Bundesregierung/Bergmann

Chancellor Angela Merkel at the military tattoo staged as a farewell for Ursula von der Leyen open popup Berlin, 15 August 2019: In the evening, the Chancellor was invited to the farewell ceremony for former Federal Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen in the form of a military tattoo. The 60-year-old will be taking up her post as President of the European Commission, probably on 1 November. She will be the first woman to hold the post. Photo: Bundesregierung/Bergmann

Chancellor Angela Merkel at the military tattoo staged as a farewell for Ursula von der Leyen open popup The military tattoo is the highest ceremony in the Bundeswehr. It follows a strict sequence, with musical elements and military ceremony and looks back on a long tradition. Photo: Bundesregierung/Bergmann

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