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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

28 Aug '17

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

16 Jun '17

Chancellor meets Pope Francis

Chancellor Angela Merkel and Pope Francis in the Vatican's Apostolic Palace

"We should not build walls, but tear them down"

Pope Francis received Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday at the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace. One point discussed during the private audience was the agenda of this summer’s G20 summit in Hamburg. more

26 May '17

G7 summit in Italy

Overview of the G7 session with outreach partners

Difficult discussions of global issues

Agreement on the fight against terrorism, progress on free trade, but no agreement on climate change mitigation – that is a brief round-up of the G7 summit in Sicily. On some points there was a high level of agreement, while on others we must note dissent, reported Chancellor Angela Merkel. more

25 May '17

Angela Merkel at the NATO meeting in Brussels

Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at the unveiling of the Berlin Wall Monument in Brussels; beside her NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

Openness, not isolation

"Isolationism and walls are not successful, but open societies built on shared values," declared the Chancellor at the unveiling of a Berlin Wall memorial in front of the new NATO Headquarters in Brussels. Angela Merkel described NATO’s decision to join the "anti-IS coalition" as a "strong sign". more

02 May '17

Angela Merkel meets Vladimir Putin in Sochi

Chancellor Angela Merkel in conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin

Open dialogue in spite of differences of opinion

During her visit the Chancellor pointed to the importance of civil liberties for civil society. With respect to the conflict in Ukraine she called for an implementation of the Minsk agreements. Also on the agenda were the situation in Syria and the G20 summit in July. more

03 Feb '17

EU summit in Malta

Lors de la réunion des chefs d’État et de gouvernement.

Giving the EU a future

In Valletta, the EU heads of state and government have adopted a ten-point plan on migration. Their second working session then focused on the common future of the EU. "Europe’s fate is in its own hands," said Chancellor Angela Merkel. more

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