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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

02 Nov '18

German-Polish government consultations

Press conference with Angela Merkel and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki

Topical issues in a historical context

Bilateral projects, economic issues and European matters were on the agenda of the 15th German-Polish government consultations, which Chancellor Angela Merkel and a large number of her Cabinet ministers have attended in Warsaw. In view of the fraught history of the two nations, it is  "all the more important that today we are good partners in a world that is not uncomplicated," said Angela Merkel. more

01 Nov '18

Chancellor visits Kyiv

Chancellor Angela Merkel is given a traditional welcome in Kyiv with a gift of bread.

Support in difficult times - assistance with reforms

Chancellor Angela Merkel has flown to Kyiv for a one-day working visit. Alongside the armed conflict in the Donbass, her talks with President Petro Poroshenko looked at bilateral cooperation, particularly reform policy in Ukraine. more

27 Oct '18

Conference in Istanbul

Chancellor Angela Merkel with Presidents Putin, Erdoğan and Macron

Syria - only a political solution will be successful

In Istanbul Chancellor Angela Merkel has met with the Presidents of France, Turkey and Russia, to discuss the situation in Syria. All four countries support a political peace process, as they reaffirmed in a joint statement. Angela Merkel underlined the fact that every effort must now be made to prevent a humanitarian disaster in and around Idlib. more

26 Oct '18

Chancellor Angela Merkel in Prague

Chancellor Angela Merkel meets Andrej Babiš, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic in Prague

Further developing a long-standing friendship

On Friday Chancellor Angela visited Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš in Prague. Their meeting firstly marked the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Czechoslovak Republic. Angela Merkel underlined the fact that the two countries cooperate well within the EU and pointed to the close links between German and Czech industry. more

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