Chancellor speaks in the European Parliament "This Europe is capable of great things"

Chancellor Angela Merkel has presented the priorities of Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union to the European Parliament. It was her first foreign trip since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Chancellor stressed the need for cohesion and the importance of fundamental rights in the European Union.

Monika Grütters (CDU)

Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

Monika Grütters

Monika Grütters

Photo: Christof Rieken

Born 9 January 1962 in Münster, Westphalia

Abitur (higher education entrance qualification) at Marienschule grammar school for girls in in Münster

1982 - 1989
Studied German language and literature, art history and politics at the universities of Münster and Bonn

1983 - 1989
Scholarship from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAF) Institute for Gifted Students

1990 - 1992
PR work in museums and publishing companies

1991 - 1999
Lecturer in arts management at the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin

since 1999
Honorary professor at the Freie Universität Berlin, Institute of Arts and Media Management

1992 - 1995
Press Officer, Berlin Senate Administration for Science and Research

1995 - 2005
Member of the Berlin House of Representatives, spokesperson for science and cultural policy of the CDU parliamentary group, Deputy Chair of the CDU parliamentary group, Member of the Berlin Land Executive Committee

1995 - 2006
Corporate Communications, Art Collection of the Bankgesellschaft Berlin AG

1998 - 2013
Member of the Governing Board, Brandenburg Gate Foundation, Landesbank Berlin Holding AG

since 2005
Member of the German Bundestag, spokesperson for the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the Bundestag for culture and the media

since 2009
First Deputy Chair of the CDU in Berlin

2009 - 2013
Chair of the Committee on Cultural and Media Affairs in the German Bundestag, Member of the Executive Committee of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the Bundestag, Member of the Committee on Education and Research, Spokesperson for the Subcommittee on Cultural and Education Policy Abroad

since 17 December 2013
Minister of State to the Federal Chancellor, Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media