About: Angela Merkel

Europe's East 15-12-2021

EU tries to salvage Eastern Partnership ties under Russian threat

EU leaders will try to rescue their outreach to five former Soviet republics of eastern Europe on Wednesday (15 December), all of them would-be partners undermined by Russian meddling and regional strife.
Elections 08-12-2021

Germany’s new government bets on inaugural trips to help bolster EU’s key role

Social Democrat Olaf Scholz, sworn in as Germany's new chancellor on Wednesday (8 December), will already be embarking on a series of inaugural visits across Europe, accompanied by his foreign minister, Green co-leader Annalena Baerbock
Politics 02-12-2021

BioNTech founder receives European women leaders award

Özlem Türeci, BioNTech's chief medical officer, was among the four winners in the sixth edition of the Women of Europe Awards held on Wednesday (1 December) by the European Movement International and the European Women's Lobby (EWL).
Global Europe 01-12-2021

As Merkel bows out, Europe seeks new leader

Angela Merkel's departure from the political stage after 16 years as chancellor has not only ushered in a new era in Germany but also shakes up the power balance in the EU.
Global Europe 30-11-2021

Tusk names Nord Stream 2 as Merkel’s ‘biggest mistake’

Donald Tusk, the former president of the European Council and leader of the European People’s Party (EPP), criticised the decision of the outgoing German government on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline linking Germany to Russia.
Health 26-11-2021

Merkel gives stark warning as Germany’s Covid death toll tops 100,000

German Chancellor Angela Merkel issued an urgent warning on pandemic management on Thursday (25 November) to the new government coming in to succeed her, imploring it to take quick, decisive measures as the country's total death toll passed 100,000.
Elections 19-11-2021

Business as usual for next Franco-German couple, despite sticking points

While some argue that the next Franco-German power couple could be business as usual, there are some potential sticking points ahead.
Global Europe 19-11-2021

One Belarus border camp cleared as Iraqis fly home

A makeshift migrant camp on Belarus' border with Poland has been cleared, Minsk said Thursday (18 November), as hundreds of Iraqis who failed to make the crossing to enter the European Union returned home.
Global Europe 19-11-2021

Analyst: EU must force Gazprom to supply gas to Russia-Ukraine border

In an exclusive interview, Ilian Vassilev, a former Bulgarian ambassador to Russia who became an entrepreneur and analyst, discussed the stakes around Nord Stream 2 pipeline and provided useful insights at a time when the European Commission should certify the controversial gas project.
Europe's East 19-11-2021

In wrinkle to Merkel, Morawiecki warns against direct talks with Lukashenko

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Thursday (18 November) cautioned against holding direct talks with Belarus on the unprecedented migrant crisis along Poland's border, saying it would "legitimise" the regime.
EU-China 18-11-2021

Germany may have been naive on China at first, Merkel says

Germany may at first have been naive in some areas of cooperation with China, but should not sever all connections in reaction to growing tensions, Chancellor Angela Merkel has told Reuters.
Europe's East 18-11-2021

Belarus and EU to hold talks on migrant crisis

Belarus said Wednesday (17 November) that President Alexander Lukashenko and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed in a telephone call that Minsk and the EU should discuss the migrant crisis on the Belarusian-Polish border.
16-11-2021

In rare phone call, Merkel and Lukashenko discuss help for refugees

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Belarus' leader Alexander Lukashenko held a phone call on Monday (15 November) to discuss humanitarian aid for refugees and migrants stranded at the EU-Belarus border, a German government spokesperson said.
Global Europe 11-11-2021

Michel, von der Leyen on diplomatic offensive as crisis mounts on Belarus-Poland border

European Commission head Ursula von der Leyen met on Wednesday (10 November) with US President Joe Biden while Council President Charles Michel was on Poland to express “full solidarity” with the country suffering a hybrid attack from Belarus.
Politics 04-11-2021

Merkel’s green legacy under scrutiny as she bids farewell to Macron

French President Macron welcomed acting German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday (3 November) for her farewell visit. But high-ranking critics accuse the outgoing German government of leaving behind a thorny legacy.
Global Europe 02-11-2021

Ukraine struggles to make its voice heard in Nord Stream 2 certification

Ukraine is trying to make its voice heard in the certification on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines by the German authorities. However initial statements by Germany’s energy regulator suggest that Berlin does not buy into claims that the pipeline would threaten security of gas supply to Germany and other EU member states.
Economy & Jobs 26-10-2021

Largely ignored Conference on the Future of Europe back in the spotlight

The Council on the Future of Europe, proposed by now-outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel to solve Poland's rule of law issues, has been paid little attention. But that does not mean those attending have not been busy.
Global Europe 15-10-2021

Merkel warns of ‘centrifugal forces’ in EU, calls for unity

German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned of dividing forces in the European Union and issued a plea for more unity across the continent, speaking at an award ceremony speech in Spain on Thursday (14 October).
Elections 04-10-2021

Emotional Merkel, marking German reunification, calls for tolerance

Angela Merkel urged Germans on Sunday (3 October) to forge a common future that draws on their diverse backgrounds, harking back to the 2015 decision to admit 1 million refugees that was a defining moment of her long chancellorship.
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.