Sibiu, 9 May 2019: A good two weeks before the European elections the EU heads of state and government met in Romania.
The focus was on the strategic agenda for the work of the EU institutions over the next five years.
With a view to the European elections coming up at the end of May, the heads of state and government issued a leaders' statement, presenting the "success of European integration" reported Angela Merkel.
We have achieved a great deal and can genuinely say that "we stick together through thick and thin, that we are there for one another".
With Klaus Iohannis, Romania's President, the Chancellor then met with representatives of the Democratic Forum of Germans in Romania.
The organisation represents the interests of German minorities in Romania. The first Germans settled here in the 12th century. At times up to 800,000 people with German roots have lived in the country.
The Second World War and the mass exodus following the Romanian revolution in 1989, reduced their numbers considerably. After 1989, the Democratic Forum of Germans in Romania provided them with political representation.