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Nemtsov speaks at a rally

Assassination of Russian opposition politician Germany condemns Nemtsov's murder

Federal Chancellor Merkel and Federal Foreign Minister Steinmeier are shocked and appalled by the murder of Russian politician Boris Nemtsov. Merkel called on Russia's President Putin to guarantee that the crime would be solved and the criminals brought to justice. more

27.02.2015: Voting on the exension of the bailout programme for Greece in the German Bundestag

Greece German Bundestag votes to extend assistance programme

The German Bundestag has approved the extension of the second assistance programme for Greece. A total of 542 votes were recorded in favour of the motion, 32 against and 13 abstentions. Greece now has four months longer to bring the programme to a successful conclusion. more

Walter Lindner, the German government's Commissioner in the battle against the Ebola epidemic

Ebola "The last mile is the most difficult"

The German government’s Ebola Commissioner hopes that the epidemic will continue to abate. There is a real chance that by the middle of the year we could be seeing no new infections, said Lindner. At the same time he warned, "We cannot know how the epidemic will develop." We must not let up in the battle against Ebola. more

Heads of state pay tribute to the victims of the Maidan protests about one year ago.

Ukraine crisis Using opportunity for Minsk

The ceasefire agreed for eastern Ukraine is still not being respected. Federal government spokesperson Steffen Seibert said Russia is still called on to use the influence it has over the separatists. He roundly condemned the fatal attack on a demonstration in Kharkiv. more

Angela Merkel surrounded by colleagues

European Council Securing peace, fighting terrorism

Meeting in Brussels, the European Council has been looking at the crisis in Ukraine, ways of fighting terrorism and the further development of Economic and Monetary Union. The heads of state and government thanked Chancellor Angela Merkel and President François Hollande for their efforts to find a solution to the Ukraine crisis. more

The Chancellor in Paris Working together for Europe

After her meeting with French President François Hollande, Chancellor Angela Merkel reported that their discussions had been in-depth and had gone well beyond the framework of the G7 Presidency. They looked at the extension of aid to Greece and at the situation in Ukraine. "Every effort is worthwhile," said Angela Merkel. more

Angela Merkel in Rome Private audience with Pope Francis

Pope Francis has received Chancellor Angela Merkel for a private audience. Their meeting looked at the agenda for Germany's G7 Presidency. In Rome Chancellor Angela Merkel met Church representatives and members of the scientific and academic community. more

Angela Merkel at the Munich Security Conference Respecting international law

Speaking at the Munich Security Conference, the Chancellor has underscored the importance of the international community in mastering the challenges facing us. With regard to the Ukraine crisis she declared, "We want to forge security in Europe with Russia, not against Russia." more