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17 Dec '15

European Council meeting in Brussels

Chancellor Angela Merkel at the European Council press conference

EU's external borders must be better protected

To stem the influx of asylum-seekers, the European Union is to decide on common border and coastal protection measures by summer. The European Council would like to see the United Kingdom remain in the European Union. Speaking in Brussels, the Chancellor stressed the importance of the talks in Vienna in order to find a political solution in Syria. more

30 Nov '15

Angela Merkel at the UN Climate Change Conference

Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel spricht auf der Klimakonferenz bei Paris.

"We must act today"

The Chancellor is pushing for an agreement to be reached "that is ambitious, comprehensive, fair and binding". The aim must be to keep global warming down to a rise of no more than two degrees Celsius, said Angela Merkel at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris. more

25 Nov '15

Angela Merkel promises support

Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President François Hollande pay tribute to the victims of the terrorist attacks at the Place de la République.

Solidarity with France

At the Place de la République in Paris, the Chancellor has paid tribute to the victims of the terrorist attacks on 13 November. At the same time, Angela Merkel stressed that Germany will give France whatever support it requests. The so-called Islamic State must be fought. more

EU Meeting on the Western Balkans Migration Route

Important humanitarian matters resolved, reports Chancellor

Reception capacities are to be increased by 100,000 places, 400 police officers are to be deployed in Slovenia, the flow of information is to be improved and border management enhanced – these were the main outcomes of the EU Meeting on the Western Balkans Migration Route. The primary objective was "to alleviate the suffering of refugees" said the Chancellor after the meeting. more

15 Oct '15

European Council in Brussels

Chancellor Angela Merkel and federal government spokesperson Steffen Seibert at the press conference

European Union cooperates with Tukey on refugees

The European Union and Turkey aim to work together to cope with the influx of refugees. This was one important outcome of the European Council meeting. Turkey is to make commitments regarding the treatment of refugees. In return the European Union is willing to share the burden with Turkey, said Angela Merkel. more

23 Sep '15

Extraordinary EU meeting on refugees

Chancellor Angela Merkel in discussion with the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini

Angela Merkel says discussions were "very constructive"

The EU aims to put in place "hotspots" by November, and to provide significantly more financial assistance for aid programmes targeting refugee camps in the countries bordering on Syria. more

03 Sep '15

Main topic of talks in Berne

Swiss President Simonetta Sommaruga and Chancellor Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel advocates binding quotas for refugees

Germany and France are advocating binding quotas for the allocation of refugees to individual EU member states, said the Chancellor, who was in Berne for talks with the Swiss President. Angela Merkel praised Switzerland for the way it has dealt with high numbers of refugees. more

17 Aug '15

Meeting with Renzi

The Federal Chancellor and Prime Minister Renzi with their spouses in front of the German Pavilion.

Chancellor visits Expo in Milan

More than one million guests have visited the German Pavilion at Expo 2015 since 1 May. Chancellor Merkel was now also a guest of the universal exposition in Milan, at the invitation of Italian Prime Minister Renzi. more

08 Jul '15

Angela Merkel visits the Western Balkans

The Members of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mladen Ivanic, Dragan Covic and Bakir Izetbegovic welcome Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Realising European prospects

Chancellor Angela Merkel has ended her trip to the Western Balkans with a visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina. After talks with leader Denis Zvizdić, she met with the "Mothers of Srebrenica". more

07 Jul '15

Eurogroup leaders summit

Press conference with Chancellor Angela Merkel

Greece must deliver, says Angela Merkel

"We only have a very few days to decide how to proceed," said the Chancellor in Brussels. Greece must submit extremely specific proposals for any more assistance. more

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