The Chancellor’s twelfth visit to China has ended with a visit to Wuhan, the metropolis that is home to millions. At Huazhong University for Science and Technology, Chancellor Angela Merkel called on students to continue "China’s road to greater openness and reforms".
Chancellor Angela Merkel has drawn a positive conclusion at the end of the G7 summit in the French resort of Biarritz, with convergence on participants’ divergent opinions on Iran, an emergency assistance package to help affected states tackle the fires raging in the Amazon rainforest, and a new four-way meeting on the conflict in Ukraine.
A breath-taking landscape and a historic location – on the Chancellor’s first visit to Iceland she was very impressed by the ecosystem of the world’s largest volcanic island. Iceland, she said, is an example that teaches us that we must care for the natural environment - "and that we should demonstrate some humility vis à vis the natural world."
In Poznan, Chancellor Angela Merkel and the heads of state and government of the Western Balkan states, other EU states, and representatives of the EU have sought to identify ways to better master conflicts in the Western Balkan region through enhanced cooperation. In spite of continued political difficulties, significant progress has been made, said the Chancellor.
The heads of state and government could not reach agreement on filling the top jobs in the European Union at their special summit in Brussels. They will now continue their discussions on Tuesday morning. "It is complicated, but I hope that it is feasible with the good will of all participants," said Chancellor Angela Merkel after the talks.
The second day of the G20 Summit in Osaka focussed on women's rights, sustainability and climate change. In their final declaration, the 20 leading industrial and emerging countries committed themselves to free and fair trade, a reform of the WTO, new rules in light of digitalisation, and to climate protection.
At the first meeting of the European Council since the European elections, the heads of state and government discussed the main issues that the EU will be addressing over the next five years. All EU member states stand by the Paris Agreement on climate, said Chancellor Angela Merkel. A large majority of states, including Germany, is committed to achieving climate neutrality by 2050. In an effort to come to an agreement on appointments to the top EU posts, the European Council is to meet again on 30 June.
The landing of Allied troops in Normandy on 6 June 1944 ushered in the beginning of the end of the Second World War. This year marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day. The Chancellor was one of the dignitaries attending the commemoration celebrations in Portsmouth.