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Press release Realigning finance and institutions

The EU’s heads of state and government are meeting today in Brussels to discuss the EU’s financial framework and the reform of European institutions. Europe-wide citizen dialogues are to bring the EU closer to the people. Before the informal meeting of the European Council, Chancellor Angela Merkel will be attending the International High Level Conference on the Sahel. more

Ursula von der Leyen's opening speech at the Munich Security Conference

Munich Security Conference We must shape the future – not endure it

"We have accepted responsibility," declared Ursula von der Leyen with respect to security-policy developments over the last four years in Germany. On the second day of the conference, Sigmar Gabriel made an urgent appeal for a stronger Europe that is better able to take action. more

Press conference given by Chancellor Angela Merkel and Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel

Angela Merkel meets with Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Bringing Europe closer to the people

Chancellor Angela Merkel and Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel reasserted their intention to get the people more involved in the discussion over Europe’s future, during their talks in the run-up to the informal meeting of the European Council on Friday. more

Deniz Yücel

Deniz Yücel released I am happy for him and his family, says Chancellor

The German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yücel has arrived back in Germany. After one year in a Turkish prison he was allowed to leave the country on Friday evening. Chancellor Angela Merkel was delighted to hear of the release of the journalist. more

Theresa May at the Federal Chancellery Finding a fair balance with the United Kingdom

At a joint press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May in Berlin, the Chancellor expressed her optimism with regard to the Brexit negotiations. It is possible to find a fair balance, she said, between the negotiating position of the EU27 and the United Kingdom. more

Olympic Winter Games 2018 Peace and prosperity – the Pyeongchang Olympic Winter Games

In addition to sport, political rapprochement between North and South Korea is in the spotlight at the XXIII Olympic Winter Games. more

Mark Rutte in Berlin Discussing Europe

The Chancellor expected her meeting with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte to result in "intensive discussion", she said in advance of talks. The focus was on European issues, when the two heads of government met, only a few days before the informal meeting of the European Council this Friday. more