- Angela Merkel
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.