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Chancellor Angela Merkel walks beside the Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen.

Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen in Berlin A high level of agreement

Denmark has shown great responsibility in the way it has dealt with refugees in recent years said the Chancellor following talks with the new Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen. Angela pointed to the cordial relations and close economic interconnections between the two countries. more

Plenary session of the Western Balkans Summit

Western Balkans Summit in Vienna Finding solutions based on solidarity to refugee situation

At the Western Balkans Summit in Vienna, Germany and Austria have pledged the Western Balkan states their support. Chancellor Angela Merkel called for the migration situation to be tackled "in line with the European spirit". more

The abandoned lorry on the hard shoulder of the motorway

Refugee tragedy in Austria Angela Merkel appalled

Chancellor Angela Merkel was appalled by the discovery of dozens of dead refugees in the Austrian state of Burgenland. This is a warning to all of us that we must swiftly find solutions to the migration situation in line with the European spirit, she said. more

Two girls examine an exhibit in the permanent Culinarium exhibition

Berlin open-air museum benefits from funding Europe promotes regional development

Funds from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) have allowed the Dahlem domain in the south of Berlin to renovate its historic buildings and expand its range of services. The EU supports projects in the field of cultural tourism through the ERDF. 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

Angela Merkel visits Heidenau Zero tolerance for xenophobia

During a visit to Heidenau Chancellor Angela Merkel has condemned the violent protests of right-wing demonstrators in the strongest possible terms. "There is zero tolerance for those who call into question the dignity of others." more

#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

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