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02 Apr '14

EU-Africa Summit

Chancellor Angela Merkel shares a joke with Herman von Rompuy, President of the European Council, and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as participants get in place for the "family photo".

Making the most of opportunities - hand in hand

Europe and Africa aim to cooperate more closely. Representatives of the 28 EU member states and 54 African states today ended their summit meeting in Brussels. Participants agreed that Africa has moved from being a continent of crises to a continent of opportunities. more

24 Mar '14

Third Nuclear Security Summit

For greater nuclear security

Speaking in The Hague, the Chancellor has praised progress made at the Nuclear Security Summit. "We have achieved a great deal," said Angela Merkel. The next summit is to be held in Washington D.C. in 2016. more

20 Mar '14

European Council

Chancellor Angela Merkel at the press conference on the first day of the summit

Making Europe more competitive

Chancellor Angela Merkel is satisfied with the conclusions of the European Council. The heads of state and government called for more competitive industry in Europe as a driver of growth and jobs. The first signs of growth can already be seen. more

12 Mar '14

Germany/Poland

Chancellor Angela Merkel in discussion with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk

Agreement over action in Ukraine

In the Crimean crisis it is absolutely crucial that the EU demonstrate unity and that the member states act in concert, stressed Chancellor Angela Merkel and Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk in Warsaw. Their talks were dominated by concerns over the situation in Ukraine. more

06 Mar '14

Extraordinary meeting of EU heads of state or government

Chancellor Angela Merkel at the press conference in Brussels

Support for Ukraine reaffirmed

Following an extraordinary meeting in Brussels, Angela Merkel has stressed that the EU heads of state and government strongly condemn "the violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty in Crimea". As an initial response, negotiations with Russia on visa liberalisation are to be suspended. more

27 Feb '14

Germany/United Kingdom

Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks to both Houses of Parliament in the Palace of Westminster.

Working together for a better Europe

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s speech to the two Houses of Parliament in the Palace of Westminster focused on further developing the European Union. Germany and the United Kingdom should work with their partners to make the Union more effective and more viable, she said. more

19 Feb '14

Franco-German Council of Ministers

Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel talks with Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and French President François Hollande.

Deepening cooperation

At the 16th Franco-German Council of Ministers in Paris, Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President François Hollande agreed to pursue a number of joint economic, energetic and defence-related projects. However, the escalation of violence in the Ukraine dominated the agenda. more

18 Dec '13

Franco-German relations

Angela Merkel and François Hollande

"Time to start a new phase"

Close Franco-German cooperation remains central to German foreign policy. Only one day after she was confirmed in office as Chancellor, Angela Merkel met with French President François Hollande. more

12 Nov '12

Portugal trip

Merkel und Coelho bei der Begrüßung.

Angela Merkel sees signs of great determination

Chancellor Angela Merkel has praised the "courageous action" taken by the Portuguese government in the face of the sovereign debt crisis. During her visit to Lisbon she noted Portugal’s improved competitiveness. Austerity programmes are not an end in themselves, she declared. more