Foreign trips

05 Sep '19

Chancellor advocates multilateralism

Angela Merkel in a lilac blazer standing on a bridge over a very wide brown river, beside a gesticulating Chinese gentleman and a Chinese lady carrying papers

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".

24 Aug '19

Good use made of the chance to discuss issues

Chancellor Angela Merkel during a G7 session

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. 

22 Aug '19

Discussions for the climate

Chancellor Angela Merkel and Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands, greet one another.

The major climate-related issues were on the agenda in the Hague. The Dutch-German Climate Cabinet focused on how the climate crisis can be jointly addressed, with CO2 pricing, greenhouse gas reduction and cooperation plans discussed.

19 Aug '19

"Climate change is now visible"

Chancellor Angela Merkel visits Thingvellir National Park with Icelandic Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir.

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."

Thanks to the Hungarian people

Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at the 30th anniversary of the Pan-European Picnic

Thirty years ago the Iron Curtain opened in Hungary. "World history was written," said Chancellor Angela Merkel looking back at the Pan-European Picnic on 19 August 1989. She was in Sopron to attend the anniversary celebrations of the opening of the Hungarian border.

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.

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