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05 Jun '19

Commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day

Chancellor Angela Merkel in Portsmouth at the celebrations to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day

Working together for peace and liberty

The landing of Allied troops in Normandy on 6 June 1944 ushered in the beginning of the end of the Second World War. This year marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day. The Chancellor was one of the dignitaries attending the commemoration celebrations in Portsmouth. more

29 May '19

Visit to Harvard University

Chancellor Angela Merkel at Harvard

Chancellor's speech at Harvard

In the USA, Chancellor Angela Merkel has been awarded an honorary doctor of law degree by Harvard University. At the 368th Commencement Exercises, or graduation, she gave the Commencement Speech in front of the graduates of the university – and gave them six thoughts to take with them for their future. more

28 May '19

Special EU summit following the European elections

Chancellor Merkel gesticulates as she speaks into a microphone on the table in front of her. She wears a pink blazer and sits in front of a blue background.

Proving the EU is able to act

In Brussels, Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for a consensus to be reached on the top level posts now to be filled in the EU institutions. "Each one of us must demonstrate tolerance and be willing to compromise," she said. The EU leaders met at a special summit in order to discuss the outcome of the European elections and filling the top posts within the EU institutions. more

09 May '19

Informal EU meeting in Sibiu

EU heads of state and government are meeting in the Romanian city of Sibiu.

"We must be united"

Chancellor Angela Merkel is attending the informal meeting of the heads of state and government of the European Union in Sibiu. The focus is on the strategic agenda for the work of the EU institutions over the five years to come. Before the meeting, Angela Merkel called for unity. "We must be innovative, we must be strong, and we must be united." more

01 May '19

The Chancellor in West Africa

Chancellor Angela Merkel in discussion with the Presidents of the G5 Sahel states

Stepping up cooperation with the Sahel region

The Chancellor has visited three of the G5 Sahel states in Africa: Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger. Her main concern was to work with the African partner states to forge ahead with regional solutions and to further step up cooperation. more

10 Apr '19

European Council

In a large room with bright colours, the heads of state and government discussed how to proceed with Brexit.

EU agrees to another Brexit extension

The 27 remaining EU states and Great Britain have agreed to extend the deadline for Brexit until 31 October. Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke of an intensive evening, which showed the consensus of the EU. For Germany, it has always been clear "that we are committed to and will fight for an orderly withdrawal." more

Angela Merkel meets with Theresa May

Chancellor Angela Merkel in conversation with British Prime Minister Theresa May

Talks before the special European Council meeting on Brexit

Chancellor Angela Merkel has met with British Prime Minister Theresa May in Berlin. They discussed the UK’s impending withdrawal from the European Union. On Wednesday the heads of state and government will congregate in Brussels for a special meeting of the European Council to discuss how to proceed with Brexit. more

04 Apr '19

Chancellor Angela Merkel in Dublin

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar greets Chancellor Angela Merkel outside Farmleigh House, framed by the European Union, German and Irish flags.

"The 27 stand together"

Chancellor Angela Merkel continues to trust that the United Kingdom will leave the European Union with an agreement. "Until the very last minute we will do everything to prevent an unregulated withdrawal of the United Kingdom," she said following a meeting with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar. She assured Ireland of the solidarity of the other EU states. more

26 Mar '19

Chancellor Angela Merkel in Paris

Chancellor Angela Merkel walks into the Elysée Palace with French President Emmanuel Macron, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission.

Taking multilateralism to the next level

At a summit meeting in Paris, Chancellor Angela Merkel, the Chinese President, the French President and the President of the European Commission have agreed to cooperate more closely. To this end multilateralism must be taken to the next level, and an agenda of trust established, said Angela Merkel after the meeting.  more

21 Mar '19

European Council spring meeting

Chancellor Angela Merkel in Brussels

Two options for the United Kingdom

Clear agreement at the Brussels European Council meeting – the heads of state and government approved an extension of the Article 50 process, and laid out two conditional options for the United Kingdom. Other spotlights of the summit meeting included the EU’s relations with China and European industrial policy.