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Chancellor Angela Merkel and Federal Government Spokesperson Steffen Seibert at the final press conference

European Council Common commitment to the Minsk agreement

The European Council intends to link sanctions on Russia to the full implementation of the Minsk agreement. The heads of state and government also paved the way for the planned Energy Union. On the sidelines of the European Council meeting, talks were also held on Greece’s reform efforts. more

Marc Chagall, Solitude, 1933, oil on canvas, Tel Aviv Museum of Art.© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2015 / Photo Elad Sarig

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

Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks in the German Bundestag.

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

A woman sweeps outside her ruined house in eastern Ukraine.

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

A hand places a one-euro coin on a set of scales

National budget 2016 - 2019 Continuing with no new borrowing

The national budget until 2019 will not require any new borrowing. Indeed investment is to be stepped up over the same period. Financially weaker local authorities are to receive support from an infrastructure fund. Federal states and local authorities are to receive half a billion euros to cover their spending on asylum seekers. more

Angela Merkel at CeBIT Ten points for the digital future

The digitalisation of industry, society and administration is a key concern of the German government. At the opening ceremony of CeBIT, the exhibition and conference for IT and digital business, Chancellor Angela Merkel laid out the ten priority action areas of the digital agenda. Significant progress can be seen in the actions of the government itself as compared to last year, reported Angela Merkel. more

Petro Poroshenko in Berlin Strengthening Ukraine's sovereignty

Chancellor Angela Merkel has pledged Ukraine continued support. "The Minsk package is the way we see to achieve a peaceful solution," she said after her meeting with the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. She would only consider imposing new sanctions on Russia "if necessary" she said. more

G7 alliance for efficiency Making economical use of natural resources

In order to push ahead with enhancing the efficient use of natural resources in G7 states, Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks has proposed an alliance of G7 states. "If everybody is to be able to live as we do, we will have to manage our resources more economically worldwide, and achieve more using fewer resources," she said in Berlin. more

Economic meeting at Federal Chancellery "A watershed year for cooperation"

The UN summit on sustainability, the UN Climate Change Conference, Ebola – the Chancellor sees 2015 as a "watershed year for international cooperation". Since Germany holds the G7 Presidency, the discussion is particularly important this year, said Merkel following a meeting with the heads of leading international economic institutions. more

International social standards G7 to reach agreement on sustainable supply chains

"We must be able to see precisely where a textile product comes from – from the cotton field to the coat hanger," says Federal Development Minister Gerd Müller. With Federal Labour Minister Andrea Nahles, he would like to see agreements reached within the scope of the G7 process, that will enable workers around the world to demand their rights. more

Angela Merkel in Japan Partners in shouldering global responsiblity

During her visit to Tokyo, Chancellor Angela Merkel has stressed the similarities between Germany and Japan. The history of the Second World War and reconstruction is shared by the two countries. This brings them even closer as "partners in shouldering global responsibility to ensure a liberal world order based on standards". more