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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."

Talks before the special European Council meeting on Brexit

Chancellor Angela Merkel in conversation with British Prime Minister Theresa May

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.

04 Apr '19

"The 27 stand together"

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar greets Chancellor Angela Merkel outside Farmleigh House, framed by the European Union, German and Irish flags.

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.

26 Mar '19

Taking multilateralism to the next level

Chancellor Angela Merkel walks into the Elysée Palace with French President Emmanuel Macron, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission.

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. 

21 Mar '19

Two options for the United Kingdom

Chancellor Angela Merkel in Brussels

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.

27 Feb '19

Finding a good solution for Brexit

Chancellor Angela Merkel in conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron

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.

24 Feb '19

EU and Arab League step up cooperation

Chancellor Angela Merkel and Egyptian President, Abdul Fattah al-Sisi

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.

07 Feb '19

Working together for Europe's future

Chancellor Angela Merkel in conversation with Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini

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.

02 Feb '19

Long-standing friendship is an "incentive to cooperate more closely"

Chancellor Angela Merkel in conversation with Emperor Akihito

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.

23 Jan '19

Compromises are acting responsibly, says Chancellor

Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

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.

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