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Measures against Russia Sanctions - not an end in themselves, but unavoidable

The representatives of the 28 European Union member states have agreed on a substantial package of measures against Russia. This is now to be formally approved without delay so that it can come into effect. Chancellor Angela Merkel declared that the decision was "unavoidable".

Situation in the Middle East Call for immediate ceasefire

Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has called on the parties in the Middle East conflict to suspend hostilities immediately. "Everything possible must be done to avoid civilian casualties and uphold international humanitarian law."

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The synagogue in Cologne Foto: Oliver Berg dpa/lnw

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

Federal President Joachim Gauck lays a wreath in the Courtyard of Honour of the Bendlerblock.

20 July - commemorating resistance fighters 70 years after the attempted assassination of Hitler

The German government has commemorated resistance to the National Socialist regime. Seventy years ago Graf von Stauffenberg and his fellow conspirators attempted to assassinate Adolf Hitler. The dictator survived and had the resistance fighters executed. more

Chancellor Angela Merkel at the summer press conference in the Federal Press Conference building

Chancellor's Press Conference "A lot has already been achieved"

The reform of the Renewable Energy Sources Act, the minimum wage, the pensions package, an increase in funding for education and infrastructure in Germany – Chancellor Angela Merkel took positive stock of the work of the grand coalition to date. more

Climate change mitigation "Everyone has a responsibility"

Speaking at the Fifth Petersberg Climate Dialogue, Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for a greater commitment to climate change mitigation. "A U-turn is needed – worldwide," she said in Berlin. It is important to provide for a wide spectrum of commitments, she added. more

European Research Area Open labour market for researchers

Researchers should be able to work anywhere in Europe and share their knowledge and findings. To this end the German Cabinet has adopted a strategy for the European Research Area, making Germany a pioneer in the European Union. more

Summer interview with the Chancellor That is not cooperation among partners

In her summer interview, the Chancellor has spoken about relations between Germany and the USA. Allegations of spying have seriously affected relations. By contrast, she expressed her satisfaction with the work of the coalition. "We have made a good start as a government," she declared. more