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Second International German Forum, plenary session

Second International German Forum Open for new ideas and innovations

Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for a readiness to accept new ideas in efforts to resolve problems. Germany too must look and see what ideas and what innovations other use to tackle major challenges, she stressed. The focus was on innovations for wellbeing, prosperity and progress. more

Goup photo (left to right): Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Ukraine's Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius

Ukraine crisis Agreement on the withdrawal of heavy weapons

At the meeting of the ministers of foreign affairs of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany, the parties to the conflict have agreed to a withdrawal of heavy weapons. Federal Foreign Minister Steinmeier said that this agreement did not constitute a breakthrough, but that "tangible progress" had been made. more

Chancellor Angela Merkel talks with Azerbaijan's President, Ilham Aliyev.

Azerbaijan's President in Berlin "An increasingly important partner"

The German government is in favour of completing the Southern Gas Corridor from Azerbaijan to the European Union, declared Chancellor Angela Merkel, following a meeting with Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev. Along with economic and foreign policy matters, human rights were on the agenda. more

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Migration Report 2013 More immigrants

Germany is attractive to immigrants. Their numbers rose from 1.08 million in 2012 to 1.23 million in 2013, reaching the 1993 level again for the first time. These figures are laid out in the Migration Report which was today adopted by the Cabinet. more

Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomes Ghana's President, John Dramani Mahama, with military honours.

Ghana's President in Berlin Merkel supports the fight against Boko Haram

The Chancellor promised the West African state assistance in the fight against Boko Haram. The militia is perpetrating "abominable crimes", said Angela Merkel following her meeting with Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama. They both advocated the establishment of an African intervention force. more

In the German Bundestag Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers a government statement in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris.

Government statement Democracy is stronger than terrorism

Speaking in the German Bundestag, the Chancellor has condemned the terrorist attacks in Paris. "We and shocked and appalled by the deaths of 17 innocent people." Angela Merkel called for rigorous steps to tackle Islamist violence and anti-Semitism. Democracy is the counter-model to terrorism. more

NATO Secretary General in Berlin Germany remains a reliable partner

NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, is facing major international challenges. At a meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg praised Germany’s engagement within the Alliance. Angela Merkel pledged that Germany would continue to act responsibly in future. more

Integration Islam is part of Germany, says Chancellor

Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for the different religions in Germany to live together in peace. Islam is part of Germany, she stressed. At the same time she called for more inter-religious dialogue. more

Contact Group in a chance for Ukraine Keeping communication channels open with parties to the conflict

The Chancellor has spoken by telephone with the Presidents of France and Ukraine. She expressed her condolences for the eleven people killed in at attack on a bus in Ukraine. It is extremely important that the Contact Group meet soon, she said. This could pave the way for another meeting in Astana. more

Turkish Prime Minister in Berlin Bridges between nations

The three million or so people in Germany with Turkish roots make relations between Germany and Turkey very special, declared Chancellor Angela Merkel after her meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu. Alongside matters of integration, their talks focussed on the fight against terrorism. more

Attack on "Charlie Hebdo" Ministers of cultural affairs defend artistic liberty

The ministers of culture of the European Union have issued a joint statement condemning the attack on the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo. "We vow to protect the rights of artists to create freely," it reads. more

Arseni Yatsenyuk in Berlin Help for Ukraine as it reforms

Germany will also support Ukraine in its efforts to reform the country’s economy, Chancellor Angela Merkel has assured Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk in Berlin. The key to success is the full implementation of the Minsk Protocol by the Russian side, she said. more

Angela Merkel in London Improved competitiveness and greater prosperity

In the run up to the G7 summit, the Chancellor and the British Prime Minister have discussed further common goals – increased growth, a strong Single Market and the dismantling of trade barriers, they explained in London. The Chancellor’s visit was overshadowed by the terrorist attack in Paris. more

Euro zone No change of course with regard to Greece

"On the one hand Greece’s own efforts, and on the other solidarity". This principle has worked well with Greece and will continue to be the watchword, declared Chancellor Angela Merkel in London. more

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