Berlin, 2 December 2019: Discussion of the challenges of ensuring agriculture is fit for the future. The Chancellor and the Federal Minister of Agriculture met with farmers' representatives and associations operating in rural areas.
Their common concern was to strengthen agriculture, as an important part of society – as part of German culture, tradition and identity, as the Chancellor put it.
"You are ambassadors of the German dual vocational training system," said the Chancellor at the reception for Germany's WorldSkills team. Germany returned from this year’s WorldSkills competition in Russia with two gold medals, three bronze medals and 19 medallions for excellence.
One of the medal winners, 21-year-old tiler Janis, brought an example of his work, a tile mosaic showing the logo of WorldSkills Germany.
Berlin, 3 December 2019: The French Minister of the Interior, Christophe Castaner, was a guest at the Cabinet meeting, where he reported on future developments in the field of migration and security at European level.
NATO celebrated its 70th anniversary. With other NATO leaders, the Chancellor attended a reception hosted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.
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London, 4 December 2019: To mark the importance of NATO, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg invited NATO leaders to a summit in London, where the alliance was originally based when it was first founded in 1949.
"NATO is the essential pillar of our defence, and will remain so," said Angela Merkel at the meeting. Member states issued a joint statement, the London Declaration following their meeting.
Berlin, 5 December 2019: On Thursday, the Chancellor welcomed the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. It was his first visit to Germany since he took office as President in March 2019.
In the afternoon Angela Merkel met with the state premiers of Germany's federal states at the Federal Chancellery. Two of the main topics on the agenda were the Cabinet's climate action programme and digitalisation.
After the meeting, the Chancellor said their discussions had been "important and constructive" with a high level of readiness to cooperate closely on the part of federal government and the governments of the individual federal states.
Oświęcim, 6 December 2019: Chancellor Angela Merkel visited the memorial site in Auschwitz-Birkenau.
The Chancellor was deeply moved as she toured the former concentration camp. She expressed her "deep shame" in the face of the atrocities committed by the National Socialists.
"Remembering the crimes committed, naming the perpetrators, and honoring the memory of the victims ‑ that is a never-ending responsibility," declared the Chancellor. The German government has decided to contribute 60 million euros to support the work of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation.