Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel took part in a government question time session in the Bundestag for what was probably the last time during her term of office. In her opening statement, she also addressed the current coronavirus pandemic, saying she believed it had required an enormous effort on the part of society as a whole.
The EU Commission has approved the German projects under the European recovery plan NextGenerationEU. This was announced by EU Commission President von der Leyen at a meeting with Federal Chancellor Merkel in Berlin. The German Recovery and Resilience Plan focuses on investment in digitalisation and climate protection.
Federal Chancellor Merkel received US Secretary of State Antony Blinken for talks at the Chancellery. Merkel said their brief talks would give them the opportunity to touch upon the transatlantic agenda. Blinken is attending the second Berlin Conference on Libya.
Federal Chancellor Merkel received French President Macron in Berlin on Friday evening. They discussed next week’s European Council meeting, which in addition to the pandemic will focus on migration as well as EU relations with Turkey and Russia.
people have been vaccinated against COVID-19 so far in Germany (as at 24 June 2021). 27.836.951 people have already had both vaccinations. The Federal Ministry of Health’s vaccination dashboard has more details.
The NATO summit in Brussels focused on the strategic direction of the alliance, under the banner NATO 2030, and on pursuing the reforms and adaptations that have already been successfully launched. Chancellor Angela Merkel also met US President Joe Biden, who was attending his first NATO summit.
We can only overcome the pandemic once a high percentage of the world’s population is vaccinated. From the start of the pandemic, the EU has worked to step up vaccine production and make the vaccines available worldwide.