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EU Foreign Affairs Council Ukraine crisis - EU acts resolutely

The German government expressly supports the conclusions of the EU Foreign Affairs Council which met on 22 July. They stipulate that a package of further significant restrictive measures will be imposed should Russia fail to meet the calls for cooperation immediately and in full. The 28 Permanent Representatives to the EU in Brussels are still hammering out the details.

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.

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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

Wreckage of the crashed aircraft

Telephone conversations following aircraft crash Putin must use his influence, says Chancellor

Chancellor Angela Merkel has spoken by telephone with numerous other heads of state and government to discuss the situation in the wake of the aircraft crash in Ukraine. They have called for an international commission to be granted swift access to the crash site. 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

Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at the Petersberg Climate Dialogue.

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

Intelligence services "We must discuss our divergent views"

The Chancellor has re-affirmed her wish to cooperate closely with the USA in future as in the past. Germany benefits from this cooperation – particularly in the field of anti-terrorism, she said. In an interview for German television, however, she spoke of divergent ideas as to the work of intelligence services. 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