The German government has decided to take in more asylum-seekers and individuals entitled to protection from the Greek islands. Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer described this as an "acceptable solution". Germany will also be seeking a further-reaching European solution.
Climate, investment agreement, human rights, addressing the pandemic – these were the main issues on the agenda of the online meeting between the EU and China. Chancellor Angela Merkel reported that it had been a "good, frank, open exchange of views that should be continued".
The partnership with China must be "maintained and expanded," says Petra Sigmund, Director-General for Asia and the Pacific at the Federal Foreign Office, in the run-up to the EU-China Summit. In this interview she also explains why relations between the EU and China play a particularly important role during Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
This day is strategically extremely important, "as an opportunity to coordinate our agendas very closely," said Chancellor Angela Merkel at a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron at his summer residence, Fort de Brégançon close to Toulon. This is significant, she said, for many European and international issues on which their talks focused.
Eleven artists from across Europe are organising meet-ups in private and public kitchens in 11 European cities in August and December 2020. The “Europe’s Kitchen” project from the Goethe-Institut is part of the cultural programme of Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union.