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20 Feb '20

European Council meeting in Brussels

Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel sitzt bei einer Pressekonferenz vor einem Mikrofon, im Hintergrund eine blaue Wand.

Negotiations on EU budget postponed

 The EU heads of state and government did not manage to reach an agreement on the EU’s budget for the next seven years at the special meeting of the European Council. The differences between the 27 EU member states are still too great, explained Chancellor Angela Merkel. The topic will be discussed again at a later date.  more

10 Jan '20

Chancellor Angela Merkel in Moscow

Photo shows Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin

Wide-ranging discussion of international issues

On Saturday, Chancellor Angela Merkel flew to Moscow for a working visit that had been planned for some time. She was accompanied by Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas. Various topical international and bilateral issues, including the situation in the Gulf and in Ukraine, were on the agenda of her one-day meeting with the Russian President. more

12 Dec '19

Summit in Brussels

Group photo of the EU heads of state and government in Brussels.

Commitment to climate neutrality by 2050 is a “milestone”

The EU heads of state and government met in Brussels and agreed to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. At the end of the summit, Federal Chancellor Merkel spoke of a “milestone in European climate policy”. Following elections in Great Britain, Brexit and future relations with Great Britain were also on the agenda. more

03 Dec '19

NATO turns 70

Chancellor Angela Merkel with President Donald Trump

"The essential pillar of our defence"

Following their meeting in London, the heads of state and government of NATO member states issued a joint statement, the London Declaration. Earlier in the day, Chancellor Angela Merkel had discussed the situation in Syria with the French and Turkish Presidents and the British Prime Minister. She also met with President Donald Trump.  more

16 Oct '19

Franco-German Council of Ministers

Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron at the Franco-German Council of Ministers

Unique cooperation

The Franco-German Council of Ministers demonstrated the close relations that link Berlin and Paris. In Toulouse, Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron underscored the good and productive cooperation between the two countries on climate, security and industrial policy issues.    more

24 Aug '19

G7 summit in France

Chancellor Angela Merkel during a G7 session

Good use made of the chance to discuss issues

Chancellor Angela Merkel has drawn a positive conclusion at the end of the G7 summit in the French resort of Biarritz, with convergence on participants’ divergent opinions on Iran, an emergency assistance package to help affected states tackle the fires raging in the Amazon rainforest, and a new four-way meeting on the conflict in Ukraine.  more

19 Aug '19

The Chancellor in Iceland

Chancellor Angela Merkel visits Thingvellir National Park with Icelandic Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir.

"Climate change is now visible"

A breath-taking landscape and a historic location – on the Chancellor’s first visit to Iceland she was very impressed by the ecosystem of the world’s largest volcanic island. Iceland, she said, is an example that teaches us that we must care for the natural environment - "and that we should demonstrate some humility vis à vis the natural world." more

05 Jul '19

Western Balkans Summit in Poznan

Chancellor Angela Merkel at a joint press conference with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, and North Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev (left to right)

Progress in the Western Balkans

In Poznan, Chancellor Angela Merkel and the heads of state and government of the Western Balkan states, other EU states, and representatives of the EU have sought to identify ways to better master conflicts in the Western Balkan region through enhanced cooperation. In spite of continued political difficulties, significant progress has been made, said the Chancellor.  more

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

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

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