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OSCE monitors visit a house destroyed in the fighting

Normandy format telephone call Ukraine - new impetus for the peace process

For the first time in several months a telephone conference on Monday has given the four heads of state and government of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine the chance to discuss the volatile situation in the parts of eastern Ukraine affected by the conflict. A series of emergency measures were agreed. more

Poles demonstrate against the judicial reform; some are carrying EU flags.

Judicial reform in Poland A chance for the rule of law

On Monday, government spokesperson Ulrike Demmer stated that the German government will not be commenting on the announcement made by Poland’s President Andrzej Duda, that he would veto the judicial reform bills in Poland. It could, however, offer a chance for further discussions. more

Chancellor Merkel welcomed the British royal couple at the Federal Chancellery.

British royal couple in Berlin Royal visit at the Chancellery

Prince William and his wife Kate began their visit to Germany with a meeting with the Federal Chancellor. Angela Merkel had invited them to a private lunch at the Federal Chancellery. Apart from Berlin, the royal couple and their children will also visit Heidelberg and Hamburg. more

Compensation for victims of G20 riots Swift and unbureaucratic assistance

Following the violent clashes on the margins of the G20 summit, Chancellor Angela Merkel and Hamburg’s First Mayor Olaf Scholz promised swift and unbureaucratic compensation for all those having sustained damage. more

NATO AWACS deployment in Turkey Visit by members of the Bundestag postponed

Turkey has asked to postpone an already approved trip by members of the German Bundestag to the NATO base in Konya. Talks are now being held with Turkey on all levels, including through NATO, government spokesperson Seibert said on Monday. more

Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo dies A courageous fighter for civil rights

Chancellor Angela Merkel has conveyed her condolences on the death of the Chinese human rights activist Lui Xiaobo. She praised his lifetime achievements and described him as a courageous fighter for civil rights and freedom of opinion. more