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Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomes the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, at the Federal Chancellery.

Emir visits Berlin Qatar conflict should be swiftly resolved

The Chancellor is pushing for an end to the Qatar conflict. All sides, she said, should come together around the negotiating table as soon as possible. Germany too, would like to help resolve the conflict, said Angela Merkel, following a meeting with the Emir of Qatar. more

Chancellor Angela Merkel visiting the von Schaeffler booth during her tour following the opening of the 67th International Motor Show

IAA in Frankfurt/Main Automotive industry is key industry, says Merkel

Chancellor Merkel has stressed how hugely important the German automotive industry is for jobs and growth. "We know how important your sector is for our country," the Chancellor said at the start of the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt/Main on Thursday. more

Jean-Claude Juncker giving his speech

Juncker's State of the Union Address Addressing important questions on the future of the EU

The Federal Government welcomes the proposals put forward regarding the future of the European Union by the President of the Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, Government Spokesman Steffen Seibert said. more

Referendum on Kurdish state The territorial integrity of Iraq is indispensable

The German government considers the territorial integrity of Iraq to be indispensable. It rejects any unilateral referendum on the independence of the Kurdistan region that has not been agreed on with the central government in Baghdad, stated deputy government spokesperson Georg Streiter. more

German nationals detained in Turkey Call for due process to be upheld

Turkey has left the path of constitutionality, says Chancellor Merkel. The Federal Government's demands were clear, Government Spokesman Steffen Seibert said: "We expect Turkey to release those German nationals who are being detained on inexplicable grounds." more

Merkel in telephone call with Putin Movement on UN mission in Donbass

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by telephone on Monday to discuss his country's recent proposal for a UN Blue Helmet mission in eastern Ukraine. The proposal was met with reservations when it was put forward last week because it contradicted an earlier Ukrainian proposal. more

Merkel at international peace meeting "Religions have a mandate to work for peace"

"Dialogue between religions is possible as well as necessary," Chancellor Merkel said at the Sant'Egidio International Peace Meeting. There was never any justification for war and violence in the name of any religion, even if some groups invoked religious grounds for them, she added. more