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14 Dec '17

European Council

PESCO group photo

EU has taken a "good step" forward

The launch of a genuinely European defence policy and the go-ahead for the second stage of Brexit negotiations – two key outcomes of the European Council meeting in Brussels. With a view to economic and monetary union, the Chancellor declared her conviction that common solutions can be identified by summer 2018. more

13 Dec '17

G5 Sahel Summit near Paris

Chancellor Angela Merkel with G5 Sahel Summit participants

Germany supports measures to fight terrorism

Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for a swift start to anti-terror actions in the Sahel Zone. Germany, France and the European Union are supporting this fight. "We cannot afford to wait," declared Angela Merkel, because Islamist terrorism is spreading. more

29 Nov '17

EU-Africa Summit

Family photo at the EU-Africa Summit

Promoting education, jobs and legal mobility

Matching the expectations of the youth of Africa, promoting opportunities for equal participation for all and implementing good governance. Those are the goals of the AU-EU Summit Chancellor Merkel said on Wednesday in Abidjan. She also called on businesses in Europe to be more willing to invest in Africa. more

24 Nov '17

Angela Merkel in Brussels

Chancellor Angela Merkel gives a statement to the press on her arrival at the EU Eastern Partnership meeting.

Eastern states are important partners for EU

At the Eastern Partnership summit the Chancellor has stressed the importance of relations with neighbouring countries to the east of the EU. The meeting focused on economic cooperation and political dialogue. Angela Merkel discussed the conflict in Ukraine with President Petro Poroshenko. more

19 Oct '17

European Council

Chancellor Angela Merkel at the final press conference on the European Council meeting

Europe to take its fate into its own hands

Making Europe fit for the future – the agenda for the future – was the focus of the second day of the meeting of EU heads of state and government in Brussels. There has also been some progress on Brexit negotiations, said the Chancellor, although the British government still has work to do. more

28 Sep '17

EU Digital Summit in Tallinn

Tallinn Digital Summit

Advancing Europe with digitalisation

"It was an inspiring day which also made it quite clear to us that we are far from being world leaders already," said Chancellor Angela Merkel, summing up the Tallinn Digital Summit. There is a very urgent need to develop the Digital Single Market as swiftly as possible, she said. The summit was an Estonian initiative. more

Angela Merkel on Paris meeting

Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and representatives of European and African states at a press conference in Paris

EU's cooperation with Africa to be stepped up

Europe and the African states intend to step up cooperation in the fight against criminal human traffickers – Europe is to provide more support for the African states. That is the outcome of a meeting between the Chancellor and the French President Macron in Paris with representatives of other European and African states. more

13 Jul '17

Franco-German Council of Ministers

Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Emmanuel Macron at the press conference on the Franco-German Council of Ministers

We must take charge of Europe's destiny, says Chancellor

Franco-German cooperation is to be stepped up with new élan, declared Chancellor Angela Merkel following the Franco-German Council of Ministers. Many beacon projects already exist. more

12 Jul '17

Western Balkans Summit

Chancellor Angela Merkel with other participants of the Fourth Western Balkans Summit in Trieste, as they gather for a family photo at the harbour

Working together for positive development

Along with other EU member states, Germany trusts that the six Western Balkan states will continue to move closer to the European Union. The future of the Western Balkans lies in the European Union, says the declaration by the Italian Chair. more

22 Jun '17

Outcomes of the European Council meeting

Press conference with Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron at the European Council meeting in Brussels

Summit demonstrated confidence and vigour

The European Council meeting has come to a close, with concrete results especially in the fields of counter-terrorism and defence cooperation. All EU leaders have also clearly reaffirmed their commitment to the Paris Agreement on climate change. The Chancellor said the summit radiated "confidence and vigour". more

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