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Students from Germany and India work together on a model robot.

Conference on immigration A culture of welcoming immigrants rather than new laws

At the Migration Conference, Federal Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière has proposed stepping up activities to attract foreign specialists. Rather than new laws, he said, the business community must take a proactive stance and a culture is needed that makes immigrants welcome. more

The four foreign affairs ministers Laurent Fabius, Pavlo Klimkin, Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Sergei Lavrov

Consultations on Ukraine Stepping up the political process

Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has met for consultations with his counterparts from France, Ukraine and Russia regarding the implementation of the Minsk agreements. In spite of a certain lull, it is too early to "give the all clear" he said, speaking in Berlin. more

Chancellor Angela Merkel in discussion at the kick-off event of the national dialogue "Living well in Germany - what is important to us"

Germany in dialogue "We are curious"

The Chancellor has opened the national dialogue in Berlin with Federal Economic Affairs Minister Sigmar Gabriel. "Have the courage to accept diversity," were the parting words of the Chancellor to the organisers of dialogue events up and down the country. more

Chancellor Angela Merkel and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the traditional tour of the Hannover Messe

Angela Merkel at the Hannover Messe "We must develop further every day"

Under the banner "Integrated Industry – Join the Network" Hannover Messe, the world’s largest showcase for industry, is introducing the factory of the future. Angela Merkel has called on Germany and Europe to "get a move on" in the field of digitalisation. more

Liberians pass a sign warning about Ebola in Paynesville City in Liberia.

Aid programme against Ebola Reinforce health systems in Africa

"Ebola has not yet been conquered". This is what the Minister of Health, Hermann Gröhe, said before departure to West Africa. He is visiting the region most affected by Ebola, together with the Federal Development Minister, Gerd Müller. A further 200 million EUR is to be used for a special aid programme. more

Franco-German Council of Ministers France and Germany stand united

German Federal Chancellor Merkel, French President Hollande and several cabinet members have met in Berlin for the Franco-German Council of Ministers. Both countries had come closer together in the last three months, said Merkel. This was reflected in the agenda. more

German-Finnish cooperation Close partners in important issues

Germany and Finland are connected by a "high degree of commonality" — this applies, in particular, to the Ukraine conflict and the financial crisis in the Eurozone. Federal Chancellor Merkel explained this after her meeting with Prime Minister Stubb and President Niinistö in Helsinki, Finland. more

Plane crash in the south of France "A tragedy of simply incomprehensible dimensions"

Chancellor Merkel has been deeply shocked by the new revelations about events leading to the crash of the German passenger plane. The fact that the co-pilot apparently crashed the plan intentionally "gives this tragedy a new and simply incomprehensible dimension," declared Merkel. more

50 years of German-Israeli relations Tel Aviv Museum of Art visits Berlin

To mark the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations being established between Germany and Israel, masterpieces from the collection of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art are being shown at the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin. "This is a gesture of reconciliation and friendship," said Monika Grütters, Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. more

G7 dialogue with trade unions Decent work around the world

Chancellor Angela Merkel intends to discuss working conditions around the globe with trade union representatives. The watchword of the G7 trade union dialogue forum is "Decent work worldwide – a business model for the future". more

Government statement Mastering crises in line with the European spirit

Before leaving Germany for the European Council meeting, the Chancellor praised the achievements of European budgetary policy. Structural reforms have been successful, said Angela Merkel in the German Bundestag. more

Ukraine Acting together to achieve peace

"Russia’s annexation of Crimea and its actions in eastern Ukraine challenge us Europeans," declared Chancellor Angela Merkel in the German Bundestag. In spite of the divergent interests of member states, the EU has always acted in concert, and she will endeavour to ensure that this remains true in future, said Angela Merkel. more

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