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New Year’s address by the Federal Chancellor Greeting the new year with hope

"Never in the past 15 years have we all experienced such a difficult year – and never have we greeted the new year with so much hope, despite all of our concerns and some scepticism," Chancellor Merkel said in her New Year’s address. "I feel hope, and in recent days this hope has been reflected in the faces of the first people to be vaccinated [...] Their numbers are growing daily." more

UN Secretary-General António Guterres in Berlin "We stand firmly shoulder to shoulder with the United Nations"

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has visited Berlin to mark the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. After addressing the German Bundestag, he met the Chancellor for talks – by video. Angela Merkel praised the UN, which she described as a "symbol of hope". more

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Chancellor Angela Merkel during the meeting with the premiers of the federal states to discuss the next steps to contain the pandemic open popup Berlin, 5 January 2021: Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed further steps to contain the COVID-19 pandemic with the premiers of the federal states. The day before, the Robert Koch Institute pointed out that clear data that genuinely reflect the incidence in Germany will only be available as of 17 January as a result of the holiday period. Photo: Bundesregierung/Denzel

Chancellor Angela Merkel during the press conference that followed her meeting with the state premiers to discuss the next steps to contain the pandemic open popup To prevent the heath system being overwhelmed, far-reaching and hard, but absolutely essential decisions were taken, declared Angela Merkel following the discussions. The regulations adopted in December are to be continued and in some cases tightened. Photo: Bundesregierung/Denzel

Chancellor Angela Merkel during the press conference that followed her meeting with the state premiers to discuss the next steps to contain the pandemic open popup The vaccines that are now available give us prospects of normalising everyday life and returning to a life without the pandemic-related restrictions, said the Chancellor. Photo: Bundesregierung/Denzel

Chancellor Angela Merkel with Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn before the start of the Cabinet meeting open popup Berlin, 6 January 2021: Wednesday saw the first Cabinet meeting of the new year. Photo: Bundesregierung/Bergmann

Chancellor Angela Merkel before the start of the Cabinet meeting open popup To get more women onto the boards of major companies, the Cabinet has adopted a reform of the legislation to promote more women to executive posts. In future, when the boards of publicly traded companies and companies subject to co-determination on the basis of parity have four or more seats, at least one seat is to be held by a woman. Photo: Bundesregierung/Bergmann

Chancellor Angela Merkel in video talks with Narendra Modi, India's Prime Minister open popup In a video conference, the Chancellor and Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi discussed progress on the development and production of vaccines. Photo: Bundesregierung/Bergmann

Chancellor Angela Merkel gives a statement on events in Washington D.C. open popup Berlin, 7 January 2021: The failure of President Trump to concede, and the doubts this has stirred up regarding the outcome of the elections, created the atmosphere that made the events in Washington D.C. possible in the view of the Chancellor. The evening before, followers of the President, who lost the election, stormed the Capitol. Photo: Bundesregierung/Steins

Chancellor Angela Merkel in discussion with Alexander Dobrindt, Head of the CSU state group open popup The traditional CSU conference was held as a hybrid event this year. Chancellor Angela Merkel was invited by the CSU state group in the German Bundestag to attend, via a video link to the Berlin Congress Centre. Photo: Bundesregierung/Steins

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