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Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed Ukraine's President Petro Poroschenko and French President François Hollande to the Federal Chancellery.

Angela Merkel meets with Petro Poroshenko and François Hollande Better implementing the Minsk agreements

Chancellor Angela Merkel has met with the French and Ukrainian Presidents to discuss the current situation in eastern Ukraine and explore ways of better implementing the Minsk agreements. more

Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President François Hollande deliver a joint statement to the press.

Angela Merkel meets with François Hollande Common asylum policy in the EU

Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President François Hollande have called for a common European asylum policy. In Italy and Greece reception centres are to be set up swiftly for refugees. There should be uniform EU standards for registration, accommodation and health care. more

A group of young people

#EYE2016 Youth Event Together we can make a difference

In 2016 the European Parliament in Strasbourg is once again inviting young people from across the EU within the framework of a programme called #EYE2016. Young people are encouraged to contribute ideas for policy debates and workshops with European decision-makers. more

At Reuther STC GmbH in Fürstenwalde the 26 year-old asylum seeker Hamza Ahmed from Somalia works on a steel section of a wind turbine with master craftsman Thorsten Muschack.

Migration Internship paves the way to employment

In future it will be easier for asylum seekers and individuals with tolerated residence status to undertake an internship, because they will no longer need the authorisation of the Federal Employment Agency. Today the Cabinet discussed a pertinent amendment to the Employment Ordinance. more

Intergovernmental consultations in Brasília Working together for a better climate

Germany and Brazil want to intensify their cooperation in many policy areas, notably in the fields of climate protection and sustainable development. This was agreed upon by the participants of the first German-Brazilian intergovernmental consultations in Brasília. more

Integration Right to stay after eight years of residence

The German government has reformed both the provisions governing the right to stay in Germany and the laws governing expulsion and deportation. Immigrants are to be granted the right to stay in Germany after eight years of residence. Families with children under the age of eighteen will obtain the right of abode after only six years. more

The 2030 Agenda and Millennium Goals Development Success is Feasible

United Nations member states have agreed in New York on a "2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development." The document, to be adopted officially by state and government heads at the end of September, continues to develop the so-called Millennium Development Goals and Agenda 21 objectives. more