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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

05 Feb '20

The Chancellor's trip to South Africa and Angola

Chancellor Angela Merkel with Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa's President

We want to be "good partners at South Africa's side"

Chancellor Angela Merkel has visited two pro-reform countries in Africa: South Africa and Angola. Talks focused on cooperation in the fields of technical and vocational education and training (TVET), and on international issues and economic matters. Another outcome is that the Germany-supported Compact with Africa could soon be expanded to embrace another partner country.  more

23 Jan '20

Chancellor meets with President Erdoğan

Chancellor Angela Merkel in conversation with Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

Refugee assistance for Turkey

The situations in the crisis-affected regions of Libya and Syria were the focus of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s talks with President Erdoğan, along with bilateral relations. Another matter the Chancellor wished to discuss was the way German citizens are treated in Turkey. Earlier in the day, the two leaders attended the official opening of a Turkish-German university. more

The Chancellor at the World Economic Forum in Davos

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

Climate action - a question of survival

At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Chancellor Angela Merkel has underlined the need for more climate action. "We are called on to take action on climate policy." Time, she said, is of the essence, and the older generation must respond positively to the impatience of youth. 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

09 Dec '19

Normandy summit on conflict in eastern Ukraine

Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at a press conference, where she sits with Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine, Emmanuel Macron, French President, and Vladimir Putin, Russian President.

"Standstill now overcome"

At a four-way meeting in Paris, Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Presidents of France, Russia and Ukraine have agreed on a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine by the end of 2019. Further steps were also agreed to de-escalate the situation in the region. more

06 Dec '19

Angela Merkel visits Auschwitz

Chancellor Angela Merkel lays a wreath in the former German concentration camp in Auschwitz.

"I feel a deep shame"

In the former German concentration camp in Auschwitz, Chancellor Angela Merkel has paid tribute to the millions of victims of the Holocaust. The Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation invited her to visit the concentration camp.

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

20 Nov '19

Chancellor visits Croatia

Chancellor Angela Merkel in discussion with Andrej Plenković , Croatia's Prime Minister

"Full and wholehearted" support

Brexit, migration, finance –the Chancellor’s meeting with the Croatian Prime Minister in Zagreb focused on European issues. On 1 January 2020, Croatia will be taking over the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union, which it will then pass on to Germany six months later.  more