Foreign trips

05 Jul '19

Progress in the Western Balkans

Chancellor Angela Merkel at a joint press conference with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, and North Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev (left to right)

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. 

30 Jun '19

Discussions on top jobs postponed

Angela Merkel se tient sur l’estrade devant un microphone et devant un mur bleu

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.

28 Jun '19

Important signals on trade, digitalisation and climate protection

Overview of working session at G20 Summit.

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.

20 Jun '19

Progress on climate action

Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at the final press conference following the European Council meeting.

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.

05 Jun '19

Working together for peace and liberty

Chancellor Angela Merkel in Portsmouth at the celebrations to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day

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.

29 May '19

Chancellor's speech at Harvard

Chancellor Angela Merkel at Harvard

In the USA, Chancellor Angela Merkel has been awarded an honorary doctor of law degree by Harvard University. At the 368th Commencement Exercises, or graduation, she gave the Commencement Speech in front of the graduates of the university – and gave them six thoughts to take with them for their future.

28 May '19

Proving the EU is able to act

Chancellor Merkel gesticulates as she speaks into a microphone on the table in front of her. She wears a pink blazer and sits in front of a blue background.

In Brussels, Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for a consensus to be reached on the top level posts now to be filled in the EU institutions. "Each one of us must demonstrate tolerance and be willing to compromise," she said. The EU leaders met at a special summit in order to discuss the outcome of the European elections and filling the top posts within the EU institutions.

09 May '19

"We must be united"

EU heads of state and government are meeting in the Romanian city of Sibiu.

Chancellor Angela Merkel is attending the informal meeting of the heads of state and government of the European Union in Sibiu. The focus is on the strategic agenda for the work of the EU institutions over the five years to come. Before the meeting, Angela Merkel called for unity. "We must be innovative, we must be strong, and we must be united."

01 May '19

Stepping up cooperation with the Sahel region

Chancellor Angela Merkel in discussion with the Presidents of the G5 Sahel states

The Chancellor has visited three of the G5 Sahel states in Africa: Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger. Her main concern was to work with the African partner states to forge ahead with regional solutions and to further step up cooperation.

10 Apr '19

EU agrees to another Brexit extension

In a large room with bright colours, the heads of state and government discussed how to proceed with Brexit.

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."

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