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Chancellor Angela Merkel and Katrín Jakobsdóttir, Iceland's Prime Minister walk together through the Federal Chancellery.

Iceland's Prime Minister in Berlin Close relations with Iceland based on trust

Bilateral relations between Germany and Iceland are not in the spotlight every day. But they are "longer-standing and based on greater trust than we might sometimes think," said Chancellor Angela Merkel during the visit of Iceland’s Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir to the Federal Chancellery. more


Syria conflict Immediate ceasefire essential

The German government has once again condemned the Syrian regime’s massive attacks on Eastern Ghouta. This is a violation of the ceasefire called for by the UN Security Council, said federal government spokesperson Steffen Seibert. There must not be another full-scale expulsion of entire sections of the population, he said. more

Congratulations for Chancellor Angela Merkel following her re-election

In the German Bundestag Angela Merkel re-elected Chancellor

The German Bundestag has re-elected Angela Merkel Chancellor. In the first round of voting, she won 364 of 692 votes cast. Angela Merkel accepted the result of the vote. more

Nerve agent attack in the United Kingdom Russia must establish clarity

France, Germany, the USA and the United Kingdom have issued a joint statement deploring the nerve agent attack in Salisbury. They call on Russia to address all questions related to the attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal. more

The Swedish Prime Minister visits Sharing burdens fairly

Chancellor Angela Merkel has advocated swift agreement on a common European asylum system during a meeting with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven. "Time is short and we must endeavour to negotiate a genuinely sensible, coherent system by June," said Angela Merkel. more

Cabinet extends mandate Bundeswehr to remain in Afghanistan

The German government has extended the mandate covering the deployment of German troops in Afghanistan until 31 March 2019. Up to 1,300 soldiers, as compared to the current ceiling of 980, will in future train and advise the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces. more