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Ukraine conflict EU delays implementation of agreement with Ukraine

The implementation of the free trade agreement between the EU and Ukraine will be delayed until after December 2015. The German government welcomed this agreement, reached by the EU’s Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht, Ukraine’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Russian Economic Development Minister.

Situation in Iraq International engagement against Islamic State

At the NATO summit in Wales ten states, including Germany, established an alliance against the terrorist Islamic State militia. Angela Merkel explained that the nations had agreed "to stay in contact and discuss further steps with one another".

NATO summit in Wales NATO for political solution in der Ukraine

Within NATO there is broad agreement that there must be a peaceful solution to the Ukraine conflict, reported Chancellor Angela Merkel in the evening of the NATO summit meeting in Wales. On the second day, the 28 heads of state and government of member states considered the lessons that NATO must learn from the conflict.

Chancellor's government statement Support for the Kurds in Iraq

Speaking in the German Bundestag, the Chancellor has explained the decision of the German government to supply weapons to Iraqi Kurds to help them in their fight against the group calling itself Islamic State (IS). "It is not only a question of alleviating the suffering of the people, but of preventing this suffering," she said.

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Rally against anti-Semitism "Jewish life belongs in our country"

At a rally in Berlin organised by the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel has condemned every form of anti-Semitism in the strongest possible terms. There is no place in Germany for discrimination and exclusion, she said. Jewish life is part of German identity and culture. more

Salafists demonstrate at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin

Fight against terrorism IS terrorist militia banned in Germany

The activities of the terrorist organisation "Islamic State" have been banned with immediate effect in Germany. The ban covers any involvement in the organisation including social media and demonstrations, as well as the acquisition of funds and recruiting of fighters, announced Federal Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière in Berlin. more

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Ukraine conflict Tougher sanctions in force

Extended EU sanctions against Russia came into force on Friday morning. This was announced by Deputy Government Spokeswoman Christiane Wirtz during the Federal Press Conference. In particular, these concern further restrictions to Russia’s access to the capital market. more

Meeting with Mariano Rajoy Closer cooperation in the euro zone

During her visit to Santiago de Compostela, the Chancellor praised the work of the Spanish government, which has laid the foundations for Spain’s future successful development. Europe, said the Chancellor, must move closer together. more

Meeting of Nobel Laureates in Economic Sciences Bridge between theory and practice

Federal Chancellor Merkel opened the 5th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting. Seventeen winners of the Nobel Prize in economic sciences and 460 young economists from 80 countries met to discuss economic issues. Chancellor Merkel invited the attendees: Speak clearly as scholars. more

Statement issued by the Chancellor German government condemns anti-Semitism

The Chancellor has issued a statement in which she condemns utterly the outbreaks of violence and anti-Semitic rhetoric during demonstrations against the Middle East conflict. Federal Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière confirmed that ‘red lines’ had been crossed. more

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