The 27 remaining EU states and Great Britain have agreed to extend the deadline for Brexit until 31 October. Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke of an intensive evening, which showed the consensus of the EU. For Germany, it has always been clear "that we are committed to and will fight for an orderly withdrawal."
Chancellor Angela Merkel has met with British Prime Minister Theresa May in Berlin. They discussed the UK’s impending withdrawal from the European Union. On Wednesday the heads of state and government will congregate in Brussels for a special meeting of the European Council to discuss how to proceed with Brexit.
Chancellor Angela Merkel continues to trust that the United Kingdom will leave the European Union with an agreement. "Until the very last minute we will do everything to prevent an unregulated withdrawal of the United Kingdom," she said following a meeting with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar. She assured Ireland of the solidarity of the other EU states.
At a summit meeting in Paris, Chancellor Angela Merkel, the Chinese President, the French President and the President of the European Commission have agreed to cooperate more closely. To this end multilateralism must be taken to the next level, and an agenda of trust established, said Angela Merkel after the meeting.
Clear agreement at the Brussels European Council meeting – the heads of state and government approved an extension of the Article 50 process, and laid out two conditional options for the United Kingdom. Other spotlights of the summit meeting included the EU’s relations with China and European industrial policy.
Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron have reaffirmed that they aim to find an orderly solution to the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union. They agree that the withdrawal agreement between the European Union and the UK is not open for renegotiation, said Angela Merkel. The meeting in Paris served to prepare for the European Council meeting in March.
Europe has a great interest in the stability of the Arab states and in their economic development, said Chancellor Angela Merkel at the summit in the Egyptian resort of Sharm El-Sheikh. The fate of the EU, she pointed out, depends directly on the fate of the countries of the Arab League. We have seen this in conjunction with migration, the Chancellor added.
In Bratislava, Chancellor Angela Merkel has met with the Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini and the heads of government of Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary. In a joint statement to mark the 30th anniversary of the historic transformation in Central Europe, the Visegrad Group and Germany praised what has been achieved to date in multilateral cooperation.
A new, higher level of Japanese-German relations – that is the outcome of the Chancellor’s two-day visit to Japan. At a meeting with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the Chancellor announced that their common commitment to international free trade and multilateralism would be extended, and trade stepped up.
How can the world respond to global questions including the need to mitigate climate change, reduce poverty and prevent crises? At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Chancellor Angela Merkel has spoken out against national egotism and advocated compromises for the good of all. This, she said, produces win-win situations. Germany is looking for like-minded partners to work for multilateralism.