Brexit, migration, finance –the Chancellor’s meeting with the Croatian Prime Minister in Zagreb focused on European issues. On 1 January 2020, Croatia will be taking over the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union, which it will then pass on to Germany six months later.
The European Council has approved the Brexit agreement hammered out between the European Union and the United Kingdom. The heads of state and government did not manage to agree to begin accession talks with North Macedonia and Albania, however. Chancellor Angela Merkel said she much regretted this.
The Franco-German Council of Ministers demonstrated the close relations that link Berlin and Paris. In Toulouse, Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron underscored the good and productive cooperation between the two countries on climate, security and industrial policy issues.
It was the start of a week that will be dominated by European affairs. To prepare the Franco-German Council of Ministers which is to meet on Wednesday in Toulouse and the European Council meeting on 17 and 18 October in Brussels, Chancellor Angela Merkel met French President Emmanuel Macron for talks in the evening in Paris. One key topic was Brexit.
International cooperation to tackle global warming and foster sustainable development – Chancellor Angela Merkel is in New York from 22 to 24 September, where she is attending the United Nations Climate Action Summit and the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (SDG Summit).
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."