Foreign trips

10 Jul '18

Deepening relations - offering perspectives

Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister Theresa May and Mateusz Morawiecki, Poland's Prime Minister at a press conference on the Western Balkans Summit

A stable and robustly developing region in the Western Balkans is important to the German government and to the European Union, stressed Chancellor Angela Merkel following the Western Balkans Summit in London. The summit generated progress: the Western Balkan states intend, for instance, to establish a science and research foundation.

28 Jun '18

Unity on migration

Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel at the start of a work session in conversation with Prime Minister of Finland Juha Sipilä and Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Löfven.

The heads of state and government of the EU have agreed on a solution for migration. They are planning reception centres inside and outside of the EU - on a voluntary basis. Germany has a reached a political agreement with Greece and Spain on the repatriation of migrants.

20 Jun '18

Economic development ensures stability

Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Rafiq Hariri at the press conference.

Lebanon and Jordan can count on further German assistance to cope with the refugee situation there. This assurance was given by the Chancellor during her visit to the Middle East. These two countries are amongst those who have taken in the most Syrian refugees.

08 Jun '18

For free trade and multilateralism

G7 summit participants

At the G7 summit in Canada, Chancellor Angela Merkel advocated, above all, free trade and multilateralism. She also called for "significant progress" to be made on implementing the Minsk agreements.

23 May '18

Cooperating well and fairly

Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese businessmen, along with a Siemens representative, at the opening of a new Innovation Hub of the German Chamber of Commerce in China

Multilateralism, rules-based open global trade, the Iran nuclear deal and North Korea were the political items on the agenda of the Chancellor’s trip. She also met with artists and human rights campaigners. And she visited Shenzhen – China’s Silicon Valley.

18 May '18

Exploring all avenues to engage in dialogue

Chancellor Angela Merkel at a joint press conference with Russia's President Vladimir Putin

At a meeting with President Vladimir Putin in Sochi, Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for the implementation of the political decisions laid out in the Minsk agreements. There is a will, also on the part of the EU, to uphold the existing nuclear deal with Iran, while also discussing open questions including Iran’s missile programme.

16 May '18

European prospects for the Western Balkan states

Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at a press conference following the Western Balkans Summit

"All these countries have clear prospects of accession to the European Union," said the Chancellor at the end of the EU-Western Balkans Summit in Sofia. Before accession, however, some reforms are still needed, regarding the rule of law to give one example.

21 Mar '18

Guidelines for Brexit negotiations adopted

Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at a press conference; beside her French President Emmanuel Macron.

At the meeting of the European Council, EU leaders demonstrated unity on trade issues and on the nerve agent attack in Salisbury. The EU27 adopted guidelines on the framework for a future relationship with the United Kingdom. Also on the agenda was the future architecture of the eurozone.

19 Mar '18

For a common Europe agenda

Chancellor Angela Merkel and Mateusz Morawiecki, Polish Prime Minister, at a joint press conference

The second official foreign trip of the re-elected Chancellor Angela Merkel has taken her to Warsaw. Poland is Germany’s immediate neighbour and a close ally. The two countries aim to work together for a stronger Europe.

16 Mar '18

Finding common paths for Europe

Angela Merkel's first foreign trip after her re-election took her to Paris.

By June, Germany and France aim to achieve an agreement in principle on eurozone reform, and on matter such as the EU’s asylum policy. When she met with French President Emmanuel Macron, Chancellor Angela Merkel said, "We must achieve results by June."

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