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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

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