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07 Feb '19

Angela Merkel at the Visegrád Group

Chancellor Angela Merkel in conversation with Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini

Working together for Europe's future

In Bratislava, Chancellor Angela Merkel has met with the Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini and the heads of government of Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary. In a joint statement to mark the 30th anniversary of the historic transformation in Central Europe, the Visegrad Group and Germany praised what has been achieved to date in multilateral cooperation. more

02 Feb '19

Angela Merkel in Japan

Chancellor Angela Merkel in conversation with Emperor Akihito

Long-standing friendship is an "incentive to cooperate more closely"

A new, higher level of Japanese-German relations – that is the outcome of the Chancellor’s two-day visit to Japan. At a meeting with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the Chancellor announced that their common commitment to international free trade and multilateralism would be extended, and trade stepped up. more

23 Jan '19

World Economic Forum in Davos

Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Compromises are acting responsibly, says Chancellor

How can the world respond to global questions including the need to mitigate climate change, reduce poverty and prevent crises? At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Chancellor Angela Merkel has spoken out against national egotism and advocated compromises for the good of all. This, she said, produces win-win situations. Germany is looking for like-minded partners to work for multilateralism. more

10 Jan '19

Angela Merkel visits Greece

Chancellor Angela Merkel at the press conference with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras 

Recognising positive signals - consolidating good relations

Chancellor Angela Merkel has paid a two-day visit to Greece, where she met with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and President Prokopis Pavlopoulos. She also spoke with creative artists, scientists and representatives of the business community. Angela Merkel said she is particularly happy that unemployment has fallen in Greece. more

13 Dec '18

European Council

Chancellor Angela Merkel at the press conference

Freedom for the EU and for the UK to develop

One of the most important items on the agenda of the European Council meeting in Brussels was Brexit. On the controversial backstop for Northern Ireland, the Chancellor said that the aim is to establish relations between the European Union and the United Kingdom "in which each partner is free to develop". Leaders also mandated the Eurogroup to work on a budgetary instrument. more

09 Dec '18

UN summit to adopt the Global Compact for Migration

Chancellor Angela Merkel gives a statement to the press.

Joining forces for safe, orderly and regular migration

At the UN conference in Morocco, Chancellor Angela Merkel has underlined the enormous importance of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. This is the first comprehensive agreement on migration to be achieved at global level. more

30 Nov '18

G20 summit in Buenos Aires

G20 leaders in Buenos Aires

Summit ends with a Leaders' Declaration

The G20 heads of state and government have agreed on a Leaders’ Declaration. Thanks to constructive cooperation and the readiness to compromise, important steps had been taken on world trade and the climate, said Angela Merkel on the fringe of the summit in Buenos Aires. more

25 Nov '18

European Council meets in Brussels

Chancellor Angela Merkel in Brussels

A diplomatic tour de force, says Angela Merkel

The EU heads of state and government have approved the withdrawal agreement and the political declaration on the future relationship between the European Union and the United Kingdom. Chancellor Angela Merkel declared, "In the view of the 27 member states a foundation has now been put in place for an orderly withdrawal and the establishment of future relations." more

13 Nov '18

Speech in front of the European Parliament

Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks in the European Parliament

"The heart-beat of European democracy"

Chancellor Merkel has called for tolerance and solidarity in Europe. Europe must be strong, resolute and effective where it is needed, she declared in a speech before the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Angela Merkel also supported the idea of a European army. more

10 Nov '18

Remembering the end of the First World War

In the clearing at Rethondes in Compiègnes, Chancellor Merkel and French President Macron commemorate the armistice signed on 11 November 1918 that ended the First World War.

United as neighbours and friends

Chancellor Angela Merkel has attended the celebrations in France to mark the end of the First World War. With invited guests from all over the world, she took part in a ceremony at the tomb of the unknown soldier in Paris. On Saturday President Emmanuel Macron invited her to visit the scene of Germany’s capitulation in 1918 with him. more