About: Angela Merkel

Politics 23-09-2021

Germans to decide on a future without Angela Merkel

All eyes are on Berlin this week as Germans vote on a new government on Sunday (26 September). The final result is difficult to predict but the new government will be one without Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has been in power for 16 years and will step down from politics altogether.
Elections 23-09-2021

German Chancellor Merkel to stick around for a while after polls

As Angela Merkel said goodbye to her Stralsund constituency of 30 years on 21 September and visited Paris one last time as chancellor on 16 September, one might get the wrong impression that she is not long for the international stage.
Elections 22-09-2021

Germany’s youth disgruntled with election system dominated by seniors

Germany heads to the polls on Sunday (26 September) with a majority of voters aged above 50, while many teenagers under the legal voting age of 18 feel disgruntled for not being allowed to vote in an election they consider pivotal.
Politics 20-09-2021

From Chirac to Macron: The four Franco-German duos of the Merkel era

Following Chancellor Angela Merkel's recent visit to France for her last working dinner with President Emmanuel Macron in Paris, EURACTIV France takes a look at the past four "leadership couples" at the heart of Franco-German relations.
Economy & Jobs 20-09-2021

MEP Freund: Von der Leyen, EPP still shielding Bulgaria’s ex-PM Borissov

In an exclusive interview, MEP Daniel Freund tells about his recent visit to Bulgaria, revealing the frustrations of the caretaker government which did not receive support from the EU Commission in its efforts to tackle money-laundering.
Elections 17-09-2021

Armin Laschet: Merkel’s heir apparent?

Angela Merkel has governed Germany for 16 years and proven a reliable ally both in Europe and for the world. Will her party colleague hoping to succeed her follow in her footsteps or diverge from her path in order to forge his own legacy?
Politics 16-09-2021

End of ‘Merkron’: EU’s power couple prepares to bow out

French President Emmanuel Macron hosted Angela Merkel in Paris on Thursday (16 September) for the last time before the German chancellor stands down, spelling the end of a partnership at the heart of the European Union for the last four years.
Elections 13-09-2021

EPP bureau meets in Berlin as German election upheaval looms

Held in Berlin, the European People's Party (EPP) bureau meeting was unusually tense this year as the European Parliament’s largest political party risks losing control of the EU’s largest state, Germany.
China 06-09-2021

Germany’s ambassador to China dies just two weeks into the job

German ambassador to China Jan Hecker has died, barely two weeks into the job, the European nation's foreign office said on Monday (6 September).
Global Europe 26-08-2021

How worried is Germany about Afghan refugees?

The Taliban takeover in Afghanistan is raising fears of a repeat of the 2015 refugee crisis in Germany as the country presses ahead with the evacuations of vulnerable Afghans and local staff. But, according to academics and civil society, such a fear is unwarranted. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Politics 26-08-2021

Austerity, far-right, Uyghurs: Merkel’s ambivalent legacy

Crises have a knack for felling leaders. Not Chancellor Angela Merkel. During 16 years in power, the veteran navigated Germany through the 2008 financial turmoil and ensuing eurozone debt crisis, the 2015 refugee emergency and now the coronavirus pandemic. “Merkel...
25-08-2021

At G7 summit, EU fails to extend the deadline for Kabul airport evacuations

At the G7 summit on Tuesday (24 August), EU leaders urged US President Joe Biden to continue securing Kabul airport until operations to evacuate vulnerable Afghans are completed past the 31 August deadline, apparently without success.
Europe's East 23-08-2021

Merkel says Nord Stream 2 should not be used as ‘geopolitical weapon’, Zelenskiy unconvinced

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday (22 August) called for an agreement to extend Russian gas transit through Ukraine, in an attempt to reassure Kyiv over the nearly completed Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which will carry gas to Europe while bypassing the country.
Global Europe 17-08-2021

EU foreign ministers to hold Afghan crisis talks

EU foreign ministers will hold emergency talks via videolink Tuesday (17 August) on the situation in Afghanistan as European nations scramble to evacuate personnel from the country, officials said.
Health 11-08-2021

Merkel prods Germans to get COVID-19 vaccine as 4th wave worries mount

Germany's coronavirus vaccination drive has slowed and those people who have not taken up the opportunity to have shots will have to take COVID-19 tests to take a full part in public life, Chancellor Angela Merkel said.
Elections 23-07-2021

Preparing for curtain calls, Merkel too busy to think about life after office

Germany's Angela Merkel made clear she would keep working on issues such as climate change till her last day as chancellor but, inscrutable as ever, gave little away about her plans once she leaves office after the 26 September election.
Global Europe 21-07-2021

US, Germany to vow action on Russia in Nord Stream 2 deal

The United States and Germany will take action against Russia if it uses the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to harm Ukraine or other Eastern European countries, according to sources familiar with a bilateral agreement expected on Wednesday (21 July).
Global Europe 12-07-2021

Biden to host Merkel at White House in push to improve ties

US President Joe Biden will host a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel next Thursday (15 July) to affirm "deep and enduring" ties between the NATO allies while also tackling some areas of disagreement, the White House said on Friday.
Politics 09-07-2021

Tweets of the Week: Hungary News, Merkel Pose, EURO Finalists

That Hungary law is really pretty vile, Angela Merkel is going out with style and in football the Euros still raise a smile!
Elections 02-07-2021

Johnson welcomes Merkel for swansong UK trip

Outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel will address Prime Minister Boris Johnson's cabinet of top ministers during a visit to Britain on Friday (2 July), the first time a foreign leader has done so in nearly 25 years.
Global Europe 28-06-2021

Delta variant spread upsets EU plans for return to relative normality

Moscow and Indonesia recorded their worst daily coronavirus death toll due to the highly contagious coronavirus Delta variant, while various EU countries envisaged new restrictions, likely to upset their plans for a return to relative normality this summer.
Global Europe 25-06-2021

Merkel says ‘sovereign’ EU should be able to talk to Putin

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday (25 June) insisted that the EU should be able to talk to Russian leader Vladimir Putin, after other leaders from the bloc thwarted her push for a summit.
Politics 25-06-2021

Angela Merkel to take last bow on EU stage

Germany's Angela Merkel headed Thursday (24 June) into what is expected to be her last EU summit, with admiration from her fellow leaders after 16 years in power tempered by a sober sizing-up of her achievements.
Politics 25-06-2021

Tweets of the Week: LGBTIQ divide, EUCO, Recovery Tour

Stadium lights are not political, member states stay critical, and Von der Leyen sees it all.