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Angela Merkel has been quoted 890 times. The one recent article where Angela Merkel has been quoted is Far-right returns to German parliament for first time in 60 years as Angela Merkel wins 4th term. Most recently, Angela Merkel was quoted as having said, “Of course we hoped for a better result. But we have a mandate to form a government. And no government can be formed against us.”.
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Angela Merkel quotes

Sep 22 2017

I always pound the potatoes with a potato masher, not a blender … then there'll always be a few lumps left. I'll check with our local politicians to see if they are offering nudism in their localities.feedback

Sep 22 2017 - Refugees

We know that responsibility for this crime against humanity is German and very much our own.feedback

Sep 21 2017

We must understand that we cannot only take care of ourselves.feedback

Sep 20 2017 - Christian Democratic Union of Germany

I could stand here and talk for hours about how arduous Europe often is. It always is worth standing up for Europe, even just because it gives us peace and freedom.feedback

Sep 20 2017 - Christian Democratic Union of Germany

In these times, we need stability and security, and a clear path, both at home and abroad.feedback

Sep 20 2017

Germany and America are connected by values of democracy, freedom, and respect for the law and the dignity of man, independent of origin, skin color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or political views. I offer the next president of the United States close cooperation on the basis of these values.feedback

Sep 20 2017

I would like to lead the discussion further toward a situation in which it moves in the direction of a decision of conscience.feedback

Sep 20 2017

The SPD's view is that if the rental price brake doesn't work, then we need a second rental price brake. We say: if there's a lack of housing, we should improve the conditions for building new housing.feedback

Sep 20 2017 - North Korea

We took part in negotiating the Iran agreement, which I think is good, and better than having no agreement at all. It took many years, but in the end it did limit Iran's possibilities for nuclear armament. And I think we must take the same path or a similar one, with Russia, with China, together with the US, also in the case of North Korea.feedback

Sep 18 2017 - Christian Democratic Union of Germany

If I didn't have to train and practice everything, I'd love to be an astronaut who flew around the Earth, so I could see it all from above.feedback

Sep 15 2017

Until the protection of the EU's external borders operates as a whole as we imagine, it is absolutely right that controls should be maintained at the crucial sections of the internal borders.feedback

Sep 14 2017 - Volkswagen scandal

A lot of trust has been destroyed. That is why the industry must do everything to win back confidence, in its own interest and that of employees and German industry.feedback

Sep 14 2017 - Christian Democratic Union of Germany

This format proved successful and therefore she'll leave it at that.feedback

Sep 12 2017 - Volkswagen scandal

The government still has to do more to set incentives.feedback

Sep 11 2017

I see a major task ahead of us in security policy, which is that we Europeans need to know exactly who is staying with us. It was too naive at the time to create a European area of freedom of movement without effectively controlling our European external borders.feedback

Sep 11 2017

I never felt that the GDR was my natural home. But I always made use of the opportunities that it provided.feedback

Sep 11 2017 - Iran

If we were asked to join talks, I would say yes immediately.feedback

Sep 11 2017 - Iran

I could imagine such a format being used to end the North Korea conflict. Europe and especially Germany should be prepared to play a very active part in that.feedback

Sep 11 2017 - Iran

A new arms race starting in the region would not be in anyone's interests.feedback

Sep 10 2017

There are no natural coalitions. Everyone is now fighting for themselves.feedback

Sep 06 2017 - Merkel-Erdogan

The people in our country decided for themselves.feedback

Sep 05 2017 - Turkey

The world does not sleep, the world is changing at a rapid pace. We do not want to end up as a technological museum, but rather as a frontrunner.feedback

Sep 05 2017 - Turkey

Without me and without my party you couldn't have achieved anything in this parliament.feedback

Sep 05 2017 - Sanctions

North Korea's nuclear tests are a flagrant violation of all international conditions.feedback

Sep 05 2017 - Sanctions

I say clearly and in the name of the whole government: there can only be a peaceful, diplomatic solution.feedback

Sep 05 2017 - Christian Democratic Union of Germany

We'll need combustion engines for years and decades – and still at the same time we'll have to take the bridge, the path towards new mobility and new engines.feedback

Sep 05 2017 - Turkey

Turkey is departing from all democratic practices at breakneck speed.feedback

Sep 05 2017 - Christian Democratic Union of Germany

I almost forgot to say that the election isn't already decided. And of course, we need every vote.feedback

Sep 05 2017 - Pollution

Even if these cars pumped out emissions at approved levels, even if this break down of trust hadn't taken place, we would still have the environmental problems we have.feedback

Sep 04 2017 - Christian Democratic Union of Germany

We should do everything possible to avoid driving bans. We are all agreed we need an enormous effort.feedback

Sep 04 2017 - Turkey

If German citizens whom are held in custody can no longer be assured that the German state can protect them in Turkey, because an autocratic ruler arbitrarily arrests people, then we have reached a point where Germany has to stop the accession negotiations.feedback

Sep 04 2017 - Turkey

The fact is clear that Turkey should not become a member of the EU. I'll speak to my (EU) colleagues to see if we can reach a joint position on this so that we can end these accession talks. I don't want to break off diplomatic relations with Turkey just because we're in an election campaign and want to show each other who is tougher.feedback

Sep 04 2017 - Turkey

The fact is clear that Turkey should not become an EU member.feedback

Sep 04 2017 - Trump-Merkel

I don't think that one can solve this conflict without the American president.feedback

Sep 03 2017 - Turkey

It is clear that Turkey should not become a member of the EU. We had a very dramatic situation then ... There are times in the life of a chancellor when she has to decide.feedback

Sep 03 2017

I'll be happy if as many people as possible take the time to watch.feedback

Sep 03 2017 - Turkey

I do not intend to break off diplomatic relations with Turkey just because we're in an election campaign and want to show each other who is tougher.feedback

Sep 03 2017 - Christian Democratic Union of Germany

If an election campaign is defined as good only when people insult each other, then that's not my idea of what an election campaign is about.feedback

Sep 02 2017 - Christian Democratic Union of Germany

I don't think Germany's future will be built with whistles -- that isn't going to work.feedback

Sep 01 2017 - Turkey

Given the latest events, perhaps it is necessary to rethink them ever further.feedback

Sep 01 2017 - Christian Democratic Union of Germany

It is also right that we must find long-term, sustainable structures.feedback

Aug 29 2017 - Turkey

I do not see a mandate to expand the customs union in the current circumstances.feedback

Aug 29 2017 - Turkey

Several German citizens are being held in prison, which we believe is unjustified. We therefore decided to take a new direction in our policy towards Turkey.feedback

Aug 29 2017 - Turkey

However much I would like good relations with Poland, we cannot just stand by and say nothing for the sake of peace and quiet.feedback

Aug 29 2017 - Turkey

With a view to the three million Turkish citizens in Germany we wish to have better ties with Turkey but it needs to coincide with the observance of constitutional principles and we do not see them in Turkey at the moment and that's why it is a very complicated phase in our relations.feedback

Aug 29 2017 - French election 2017

Europe has not yet done its homework. I would like to have better ties with Turkey but we have to look at reality... This is a very complicated phase in our relations. ...The rule of law in Poland - that's a serious issue because the requirements for cooperation within the European Union are the principles of the rule of law.feedback

Aug 29 2017 - Ukraine Crisis

Ukraine does not have full sovereignty. I am working together with the French President and also with the help of the United States on finding solutions (for the Ukraine crisis) within the Normandy format. We just made clear in our joint statement released yesterday that the observance of the ceasefire agreement is of the utmost importance. If the Minsk agreement is kept, then the requirement will be met for lifting the sanctions on Russia.feedback

Aug 29 2017 - Ukraine Crisis

I am not the one who decides on the euro exchange rate. If the euro zone is very low then it is easier for German exporters to place their products on the global market – every change in the euro exchange rate has an impact on our ability to export and of course puts new pressure on our competitiveness. I personally don't see the trade surplus per se as so dramatic… and if the trade surplus goes down now, it is part of things that we don't have any influence on at all.feedback

Aug 27 2017 - Christian Democratic Union of Germany

Taking holidays in the country in which you are being persecuted is not on.feedback

Aug 27 2017 - Refugees

That some countries refuse to accept any refugees is not on. That contradicts the spirit of Europe. We'll overcome that. It will take time and patience but we will succeed.feedback

Aug 27 2017 - Christian Democratic Union of Germany

We're a democracy and everyone can freely express themselves in public the way they want. It's important that we don't go out of our way to avoid certain areas only because there are a bunch of people screaming.feedback

Aug 27 2017 - Christian Democratic Union of Germany

I'd make all the important decisions of 2015 the same way again. It was an extraordinary situation and I made my decision based on what I thought was right from a political and humanitarian standpoint. Those kinds of extraordinary situations happen every once in a while in a country's history. The head of government has to act and I did.feedback

Aug 26 2017 - Greece

Seen from Beijing, Europe is an Asian peninsula.feedback

Aug 26 2017 - Christian Democratic Union of Germany

Diversity makes us strong in Germany and that's something we want to maintain.feedback

Aug 26 2017 - Christian Democratic Union of Germany

Some people can't do anything else but scream and shout - but we're not going to let them lead us astray.feedback

Aug 23 2017

It's racist, far-right violence, and that requires determined and forceful resistance no matter where in the world it appears.feedback

Aug 21 2017 - Russia

I don't intend to take any posts in industry once I am no longer chancellor, but I am first fully concentrated on the election and the fact that I would like to be chancellor again.feedback

Aug 21 2017 - Christian Democratic Union of Germany

No I don't think this is fair. I don't know how the automotive industry is going to respond. They have supervisory boards on which union representatives sit and I think there should be a more sensitive approach (to executive bonuses).feedback

Aug 20 2017 - Christian Democratic Union of Germany

We need diesel if we are to achieve our climate protection goals.feedback

Aug 20 2017 - Turkey

It is not right and I'm very glad that Spain has now released him. We must not misuse international organisations like Interpol for such purpose.feedback

Aug 19 2017 - Merkel-Erdogan

We will not tolerate any kind of interference.feedback

Aug 18 2017

We yet again felt how closely we Germans, Spaniards and all people in the free world are bound together. We are bound together first and foremost in deep sorrow for those who were torn from their lives in such a brutal way, on a beautiful summer day.feedback

Aug 16 2017 - Christian Democratic Union of Germany

It's simply that we must do more, otherwise we won't reach the goal.feedback

Aug 14 2017

The times in which we can fully rely on others are somewhat over.feedback

Aug 14 2017 - Christian Democratic Union of Germany

It is racist, far-right violence and clear, forceful action must be taken against it, regardless of where in the world it happens. Before we point our fingers at others, we need to take care of that which is happening at home. Of course that country is torn.feedback

Aug 13 2017 - Volkswagen scandal

An escalation of the rhetoric is the wrong answer.feedback

Aug 12 2017 - Christian Democratic Union of Germany

Large parts of the automotive industry have lost trust on an unbelievable scale. There needs to be action. Where things are swept under the table, or where emissions tests are exploited to the point where they're unrecognisable, that destroys trust. The greatest security, the greatest peace project for us, is the European Union. Today, we have 44m people in work in Germany, which are really great figures.feedback

Aug 12 2017 - Christian Democratic Union of Germany

Where things are swept under the table, or where emissions tests are exploited to the point where they're unrecognisable, that destroys trust.feedback

Aug 11 2017 - North Korea

I don't see a military solution to this conflict.feedback

Aug 11 2017

I am convinced that a verbal escalation will not contribute to a resolution of the conflict. I also see no military resolution to the conflict.feedback

Jul 18 2017 - Turkey

The German government will do all it can, on all levels, to secure his release.feedback

Jul 18 2017 - Turkey

We are strongly convinced that this arrest is absolutely unjustified.feedback

Jul 16 2017

At the moment, we cannot spend the money we have. I see the main point not in the question of whether there should be more money – we can and must do that – but first speeding up planning.feedback

Jul 15 2017 - Christian Democratic Union of Germany

For many people, including myself, something changed when we saw the Britons want to leave, when we were worried about the outcome of the elections in France and the Netherlands. But we have realized in the past few months that Europe is more than just bureaucracy and economic regulation, that Europe and living together in the European Union have something to do with war and peace, that the decades of peace after World War Two would have been completely unthinkable without the European Union.feedback

Jul 15 2017 - Christian Democratic Union of Germany

You don't have all this in many parts of the world. And that's why it is worth fighting for this Europe. That's why one of our election placards is saying: If Europe is stronger, then Germany will be stronger. This is directly related.feedback

Jul 13 2017 - French election 2017

We did not paper over these differences, but nevertheless contact, the ability to speak is of course important.feedback

Jul 10 2017 - G20

Ivanka belongs to the U.S. delegation.feedback

Jul 10 2017 - G20

Wherever there is no consensus that can be achieved, disagreement has to be made clear. Unfortunately – and I deplore this – the United States of America left the climate agreement. I am gratified to note that the other 19 members of the G-20 feel the Paris agreement is irreversible.feedback

Jul 09 2017 - G20

I condemn in the strongest terms the extreme violence and unbridled brutality that police were repeatedly confronted with. There is no justification for plundering, arson and brutal attacks on the lives of police officers … anyone who acts in this way .. places himself outside our democratic community.feedback

Jul 08 2017 - G20

I think it's very clear that unfortunately we could not reach consensus, but the differences were not papered over, the y were clearly stated.feedback

Jul 08 2017 - Nordstrom vs. Trump

Ivanka Trump belonged to the American delegation, so that is in line with what other delegations do. And it is known that she works at the White House and carries responsibility for certain initiatives.feedback

Jul 08 2017 - World Bank

If everything went as quickly at the World Bank … then we would be much more efficient.feedback

Jul 08 2017

There is not the slightest justification for looting, arson and brutal attacks on the life of police officers.feedback

Jul 08 2017

I have full understanding for peaceful protest, but violent demonstrations are a threat to human life. It is not acceptable.feedback

Jul 07 2017 - G20

And so solutions can only be found if we are ready for compromise and move toward each other, but without - and I stress this - bending too much, because of course we can also state clearly when there are differences.feedback

Jul 07 2017 - G20

There can be no return to a pre-globalisation world.feedback

Jul 07 2017 - G20

Globalization is seen by the American administration more as a process that is not about a win-win situation but about winners and losers.feedback

Jul 07 2017 - Trump Presidency

I have every understanding for peaceful demonstrations. But violent demonstrations endanger human lives, they endanger people themselves, they put police officers and security forces in danger, put residents in danger, and so that is unacceptable.feedback

Jul 07 2017

The times when we could completely rely on others are, to an extent, over.feedback

Jul 07 2017 - G20

Unfortunately–and I deplore this–the United States of America left the climate agreement, or rather announced their intention of doing this. I think it's very clear that we could not reach consensus, but the differences were not papered over, they were clearly stated.feedback

Jul 07 2017

I know that the political agenda of such summits also have their critics; from the point of view of a democracy, that is a good thing. It goes without saying that such peaceful criticism is protected by the Constitution. But, I stress, it must be peaceful.feedback

Jul 06 2017 - G20

There are various options, which can be discussed.feedback

Jul 06 2017 - Christian Democratic Union of Germany

You can imagine that there will be discussions that will not be easy. Globalization can be a win-win situation. It must not always be that there are winners and losers.feedback

Jul 06 2017 - G20

We're united in our will to strengthen multilateral relations at the G20 summit...We need an open society, especially open trade flows.feedback

Jul 05 2017 - G20

We want a fast agreement on investments that one day could lead to a free trade agreement with China.feedback

Jul 05 2017 - G20

As G20 president, it is my job to work on possibilities for agreement and not to contribute to a situation where a lack of communication prevails.feedback

Jul 05 2017 - G20

We will have difficult discussions, since bringing 20 states together with all their developments and ideas is not easy.feedback

Jul 05 2017 - Human Rights

In my view we must intensively pursue the human rights dialogue, looking at how different parts of society can better express themselves. In this respect, cooperation in the field of civil society can be further strengthened.feedback

Jul 05 2017 - Trump-Merkel

I am delighted to be able to welcome you in a period of unrest in the world, where China and Germany can make an effort to soothe this unrest a bit and to make a somewhat quieter world out of it.feedback

Jul 04 2017 - G20

Anyone who believes the problems of the world can be solved with isolationism and protectionism is making a big mistake.feedback

Jul 04 2017 - G20

We cannot wait until every last person on earth has been convinced of the scientific proof. The Paris agreement is irreversible and non-negotiable.feedback

Jul 03 2017

Our thoughts are with the families of the victims and we wish all those who were injured a speedy recovery.feedback

Jul 03 2017 - G20

I don't think we'll have unified positions on all issues at the end but it's sensible and honest to talk to each other on all issues of international diplomacy.feedback

Jul 02 2017 - G20

If we simply try to carry on as we have in the past, the worldwide developments will definitely not be sustainable and inclusive. We need the climate protection agreement, open markets and improved trade agreements in which consumer protection, social and environmental standards are upheld.feedback

Jul 02 2017 - G20

It's not only going to be about (economic) growth but rather sustainable growth. We've got to have a 'win-win' situation for everyone. The issues obviously revolve around: how do we achieve inclusive or sustainable growth? What are we doing with our resources? What are the rules for distribution of wealth? How many people are taking part? And how many countries are able to profit from that?feedback

Jul 01 2017

Without Helmut Kohl, the lives of millions of people who lived behind the (Berlin) Wall until 1990 would have taken a completely different course, including mine. Thank you for the opportunities you gave me.feedback

Jun 30 2017 - Women

For me, matrimony protected by the constitution means marriage between a man and a woman, and therefore I did not vote for this draft law today.feedback

Jun 30 2017 - Sex

And if I want to, I now can – in one of the most democratic countries in the world – finally have the opportunity to call my partner my husband.feedback

Jun 30 2017 - Sex

I hope that the vote today not only promotes respect between the different opinions but also brings more social cohesion and peace.feedback

Jun 30 2017 - Christian Democratic Union of Germany

It was a long, intensive, and for many also an emotional discussion. That goes for me personally too. And I'm hopeful not only that there will be respect for either side's opinions, but that it will also bring about more peace and cohesion in society.feedback

Jun 30 2017 - G20

These will not be easy talks. The differences are obvious and it would be wrong to pretend they aren't there. I simply won't do this.feedback

Jun 29 2017 - G20

Because of the US decision to pull out of the Paris accord, there are of course areas where opinions differ, but the United States is an important part of the G20 so we will do anything to work together, without covering up the differences.feedback

Jun 29 2017 - Volkswagen scandal

There is nothing that can justify the fraudulent methods used to limit test values in the diesel area of some manufacturers that has damaged the whole diesel business. For many years we have appreciated diesel because it helped save fuel and CO2.feedback

Jun 29 2017 - Climate change

We are convinced that climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity, an existential challenge. We cannot wait to act until the science has convinced every last doubter.feedback

Jun 29 2017 - Climate change

We cannot expect easy discussions on climate change at the G20 summit. Our differences with the U.S. are clear.feedback

Jun 29 2017 - G20

It would be disingenuous if we tried to gloss over it. At any rate, I will not do that. We know that there will be protests, and that is more than legitimate in a democracy.feedback

Jun 29 2017 - G20

Since the decision by the United States of America to quit the Paris climate accords, we are more determined than ever to make it a success.feedback

Jun 29 2017 - G20

Whoever believes the problems of this world can be solved by isolationism and protectionism is making a tremendous error. We will and must take on this existential challenge, and we cannot and will not wait until every last person in the world can be convinced of climate change by scientific evidence. In other words: The climate treaty is irreversible and is not negotiable.feedback

Jun 29 2017 - G20

The differences are obvious and it would be dishonest to try to cover that up. That I won't do.feedback

Jun 27 2017 - Homosexuality

I would like to lead the discussion more into a situation where it is a question of conscience rather than something I push through with a majority vote.feedback

Jun 27 2017

But on the issue of climate protection or free trade, we do not have this at the moment.feedback

Jun 26 2017 - Trump-Merkel

I use it sometimes ... then I enter Donald Trump on Twitter and I have it all.feedback

Jun 23 2017 - Brexit

There is a long road in front of us.feedback

Jun 23 2017 - Brexit

We will conduct these talks in a good spirit. But the clear focus has to be on the future of the 27.feedback

Jun 23 2017

This is a fair and serious offer. I want to give those EU citizens in the UK certainty about the future of their lives, but I also want to see that certainty given to UK citizens who are living in the EU.feedback

Jun 22 2017

We have set ourselves an ambitious timeline. Three months is not a long time. This is a real added value, because it allows us to conduct missions ... we will see who joins this structure.feedback

Jun 22 2017

For me, shaping the future of the 27 (remaining) member states has priority over the question of the negotiations with Britain on its exit.feedback

Jun 22 2017

My tendency is to offer the most far reaching guarantees for EU citizens as possible, but I can not preempt the discussion.feedback

Jun 20 2017 - G20

There's not just trade - it must be based on rules and needs to be fair.feedback

Jun 20 2017 - G20

I don't think that changes anything about the arguments in favor of this accord ... so we need to continue with this but I think we have set out an ambitious path and implementing that is now the most important task.feedback

Jun 20 2017 - G20

Open markets and free, fair sustainable and inclusive trade is a key focus of our G20 presidency.feedback

Jun 17 2017 - Christian Democratic Union of Germany

We know that regrettably, the United States is leaving this accord.feedback

Jun 17 2017

Helmut Kohl was a great German and a great European. In fact, Helmut Kohl's legacy has determined the two most important tasks of German politics over the last decades: the reunification of our country, and the unification of Europe. Helmut Kohl understood that both things are inseparable.feedback

Jun 16 2017

When a new spirit began to stir in eastern Europe in the 1980s, when, starting in Poland freedom was seized, when brave people in Leipzig, East Berlin and elsewhere in East Germany began a peaceful revolution, then Helmut Kohl was the right man at the right time. He stood fast to the dream and aim of a united Germany even as others hesitated.feedback

Jun 15 2017 - Christian Democratic Union of Germany

We're ready on the European side. We'll see about the rest. The citizens have decided, and I assume that we will have to carry out these negotiations. The remaining 27 nations of the future European Union must represent our interests in a way that strengthens unity among the 27 and still maintains good relations with Britain.feedback

Jun 14 2017 - Christian Democratic Union of Germany

It's inconceivable that one would do something on one side but not the other. We may have to pursue completely different paths in development policies.feedback

Jun 13 2017 - Climate change

For us, it is clear that the Paris agreement is a cornerstone for cooperation in the world. I believe we must take even more decisive action in Germany and Europe to join forces to combat climate change.feedback

Jun 12 2017 - Christian Democratic Union of Germany

If we work together with you to help your countries, then we also create more security for ourselves and we can put a stop to people illegally profiting from the fate of others.feedback

Jun 12 2017 - Christian Democratic Union of Germany

If the lack of hope is too great in Africa, then of course there will be young people who believe they have to seek a new life somewhere else in the world.feedback

Jun 10 2017 - G20

There will be issues where not everyone gets what we want. Germany is looking for allies on issues that are important to us. Because if I talk with someone, I can no longer simply say he is stupid.feedback

Jun 10 2017 - Mexico

When Great Britain is ready, we are ready to negotiate. We have finalised guidelines, the plan and I assume that Great Britain, from what I have been told today, will respect the negotiations calendar. We want to do it quickly, respecting the timetable and I don't see any obstacle in the way of finalising the negotiations.feedback

Jun 10 2017 - NAFTA

I hope these talks are a big success. And I'd like to offer thanks that the interests of German companies are also being taken into consideration.feedback

Jun 10 2017 - Christian Democratic Union of Germany

We want to negotiate quickly, we want to stick to the time plan, and so at this point I don't think there is anything to suggest these negotiations cannot start as was agreed.feedback

Jun 10 2017 - NATO

Britain is a member of NATO, so we have a lot of shared challenges to deal with, and that's the spirit we want to carry out these negotiations in. But obviously while also asserting the interests of the 27 member states that will make up the European Union in future.feedback

Jun 09 2017 - Homosexuality

I also spoke about the very negative report about what is happening to homosexuals in Chechnya and asked Mr. President to exert his influence to ensure that minorities' rights are protected.feedback

Jun 09 2017

I have a feeling that a few Britons are deluding themselves. That, however, is a waste of time.feedback

Jun 07 2017

We Europeans truly have to take our fate into our own hands.feedback

Jun 07 2017 - German trade

The finance minister will assess the ruling and implement it, but first we should wait for that assessment and then Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble will make his proposals. I don't think our main targets will be at risk.feedback

Jun 05 2017 - NATO

The times in which we could rely fully on others, they are somewhat over. We have to know that we must fight for our future on our own, for our destiny as Europeans.feedback

Jun 04 2017 - Terrorism

Today, we are united beyond all borders in horror and sorrow, but also in determination. In the fight against every form of terrorism, we stand firmly and with determination at Britain's side.feedback

Jun 02 2017

That's putting it very mildly.feedback

Jun 02 2017 - Trump Presidency

We need this Paris agreement to preserve creation. Nothing can and will stop us from doing so.feedback

Jun 02 2017

The times in which we could totally rely on others are to some extent over, as I have experienced in the past two days.feedback

Jun 02 2017

To everyone for whom the future of our planet is important, I say let's continue going down this path so we're successful for our Mother Earth.feedback

Jun 02 2017

This decision can't and won't stop all those of us who feel obliged to protect the planet. On the contrary. We in Germany, Europe and the world will combine our forces more resolutely than ever to address and successfully tackle challenges for humanity such as climate change.feedback

Jun 02 2017 - Japan

It's now necessary to look forward after last night's announcement by the U.S. administration. We need this Paris agreement to preserve creation. Nothing can and will stop us from doing so.feedback

Jun 02 2017 - Trump-Merkel

I am so moved and enthused that so many states and enterprises in the United States of America want to travel this path with us. We will travel it together.feedback

Jun 02 2017 - Climate change

We will gather all our strength – in Germany, in Europe and in the world – to meet the great challenges of humanity, like climate change, and to successfully master these challenges. For all for whom the future of this planet is important, I say: Let us continue along this path together, so that we are successful for our Mother Earth. What we began over 20 years ago and continued in Paris one and a half years ago with a historic quantum leap will lead to success.feedback

Jun 02 2017 - Climate change

We will gather all our strength – in Germany, in Europe and in the world – to meet the great challenges of humanity, like climate change, and to successfully master these challenges. For all for whom the future of this planet is important, I say: Let us continue along this path together, so that we are successful for our Mother Earth. The path, there is no doubt about it, is rocky. I have known that ever since I started in politics. But I am also convinced, if I look back at these more than 20 years, that the path is irreversible.feedback

Jun 01 2017 - China

We are living in times of global uncertainty and see that we have a responsibility to expand our partnership in all the different areas and to push for a world order based on law.feedback

Jun 01 2017

There is a common conviction that we cannot only deal with Britain's exit (from the EU), but instead that we must above all think about how we can deepen the existing European Union and especially the euro zone.feedback

May 31 2017 - Kabul

We're united in shock and sadness, but also in determination. All of us together who believe in law, freedom and human dignity in Europe, in America, in Africa and yes, of course also in Afghanistan, we will lead the fight against terrorism and we will win it.feedback

May 31 2017 - Afghanistan

Today we're united in shock and sadness across all borders. We will lead the fight against terrorism, and we will win it.feedback

May 31 2017 - World Trade Organization

The whole discussion about climate has been difficult, or rather very unsatisfactory. Here we have the situation that six members, or even seven if you want to add the EU, stand against one.feedback

May 30 2017

The times in which we could rely fully on others, they are somewhat over. This is what I experienced in the last few days…that is why I can only say that we Europeans must really take our fate into our own hands. Let's not fool ourselves. From the point of view of some of our traditional partners…I'm convinced that Europe and the EU will have to learn to take on more responsibility in the world.feedback

May 30 2017 - Trump-Merkel

Recent days have shown me that the times when we could rely completely on others are over to a certain extent. Europe must take its fate into its own hands.feedback

May 30 2017 - Trump-Merkel

Our trans-Atlantic relationship is of the utmost importance and the statement I made, or what I said recently, is due to the fact that, in the face of the present circumstances we have additional reasons for us to realise that we have to take our fate in our own hands in Europe.feedback

May 30 2017 - Trump-Merkel

Recent days have shown me that the times when we could rely completely on others are over to a certain extent. We also know that we Europeans must really take our fate into our own hands. It became clear at the G-7, when there was no agreement with the USA, how long and rocky this path would be. I think it was good not to gloss over the differences.feedback

May 30 2017

The entire discussion about climate was very difficult, if not to say very dissatisfying. There are no indications whether the United States will stay in the Paris Agreement or not.feedback

May 30 2017 - Trump-Merkel

That's of huge importance and in no way directed against any other relationships and certainly not against the trans-Atlantic ties, which have historically been very important for us and will remain so in future. For that reason it's important to us that we make progress on the German-Indian, or rather EU-Indian free trade agreement.feedback

May 29 2017 - Trump-Merkel

Here is a situation where it's six, seven if you include the EU, against one. That means there are so far no signs whether the United States of America will remain in the Paris agreement or not.feedback

May 25 2017 - NATO

NATO will now also formally join the alliance against ISIL. After all, member states have done so, as well as the EU. I think this is a strong signal, but it's also clear this does not entail any further contribution by Germany beyond what we are doing at the moment.feedback

May 24 2017 - French Election Results

If the euro fails, Europe fails.feedback

May 23 2017

This suspected terrorist attack will only strengthen our resolve to work with our British friends against those who plan and execute such inhuman acts. I assure the people in Britain: Germany stands by your side.feedback

May 23 2017

I assure people in Britain that Germany stands beside you.feedback

May 23 2017 - Trump-Merkel

We are responsible for each other. I am trying to convince doubters. There is still work to do.feedback

May 22 2017 - Christian Democratic Union of Germany

The euro is too weak ... due to the ECB's policy and with this, German goods are comparatively cheap.feedback

May 22 2017 - Christian Democratic Union of Germany

We need long-term horizons and companies that invest in the future. It is important that electric mobility is ready for the market as quickly as possible. This should be a lesson for technology policy. We don't want to experience that again. If we are involved in research and in prototypes, there is a better chance of bringing the production of the next generation of cells to Europe or to Germany.feedback

May 20 2017

And if we are part of the research, also with regard to the prototypes, then I think it improves the outlook of bringing modern production of next-generation cells back to Europe and Germany.feedback

May 17 2017 - Christian Democratic Union of Germany

Currently, the 250,000 pets, cats and dogs, that travel from Britain to the continent or the other way each year are managed within an EU framework. Now they'll need hygiene certificates: things we don't even remember. What does it mean for the children?feedback

May 17 2017 - Christian Democratic Union of Germany

If the British government ends the free movement of people, that will have its price in relations with Britain. That's not malicious. But you cannot expect to enjoy all the benefits and then say there will be an upper limit of 100,000 or 200,000 EU citizens, no more, or we'll only accept researchers, but nobody else. This will not work. We would have to think about what restrictions we could create from the European side to compensate for that. The British car industry relies on supplies from continental European countries. It is up to the British side, who say they want minimum disruption.feedback

May 17 2017 - Christian Democratic Union of Germany

We have to think about how we would react, because of course the competition field can shift.feedback

May 15 2017 - Christian Democratic Union of Germany

As it looks at the moment, we will not achieve this goal.feedback

May 15 2017 - Treaty of Rome

We each represent the interests of our own countries, but the interests of Germany are naturally closely tied to the interests of France. Europe will only do well if there is a strong France, and I am committed to that. First we need to work on what we want to change, and then if it turns out it needs a treaty change, then we're prepared to do that.feedback

May 15 2017 - French politics

The election of new French President Emmanuel Macron offers an opportunity to bring new dynamism to Europe.feedback

May 09 2017 - French election 2017

I don't see why – as a priority – we should change our policy.feedback

May 09 2017 - French election 2017

German support cannot replace French policymaking. I don't see why–as a priority–we should change our policy.feedback

May 08 2017 - French election 2017

Macron carries the hopes of millions of French people and of many people in Germany.feedback

May 08 2017 - French election 2017

Emmanuel Macron carries the hopes of millions of people in France as well as people in Germany and across Europe. His election campaign was brave and pro-Europe. He stands for cosmopolitanism and social market economy and we know that Germany and France are bound together historically.feedback

May 08 2017 - French election 2017

German support can't replace French policies.feedback

May 07 2017 - French Election Results

Your victory is a victory for a strong united Europe and for the Franco-German friendship.feedback

May 07 2017 - French Election Results

The decision of the French voters is thus also a clear commitment to Europe.feedback

May 05 2017 - French Election Results

We see when we concentrate on Sunday and hope that the election goes as we would like that the cooperation of Germany and France in this context is of decisive significance.feedback

May 03 2017 - G20

We do not want isolation. We want open trade and to fight against protectionism. This will be a tough issue within the G20 negotiations, but when working on a political document, it would of course be a great support for us if the economies in all G20 countries supported it.feedback

May 03 2017 - G20

We are 20 different countries, with 20 different political systems, with 20 different development levels. Everything must be unanimously approved. Anyone who tries to withdraw from international competition, can perhaps deliver short-term advantages. But over the medium- and long-term, their own capacity to innovate will be weakened.feedback

May 03 2017 - G20

The existence of the G20 means that isolation and protectionism are dead-ends and not ways forward.feedback

May 03 2017 - Russia

I asked President Putin to use his influence to protect these minority rights. I have in my talks with the Russian president indicated how important the right to demonstrate is in a civil society and how important the role of NGOs is.feedback

May 02 2017 - German Politics

I am not an anxious person, I will fight the election on the basis of my convictions. We know cyber criminality is an international challenge .. but we expect that the German election will go ahead unharmed and that we have enough different positions to tackle a range of topics.feedback

May 02 2017 - Christian Democratic Union of Germany

I have, in my talks with the Russian president, indicated how important is the right to demonstrate in a civil society and how important the role of NGOs is. I also spoke about the very negative report about what is happening to homosexuals in Chechnya and asked Mr. President to exert his influence to ensure that minorities' rights are protected.feedback

May 02 2017 - Russia

It is important to have the right to demonstrate in a democracy, and the role of NGOs is very important. I asked Mr Putin to utilise his influence to protect these minority rights, as well as in the case of Jehovah's Witnesses.feedback

May 01 2017 - Human Rights

Many people wish to be politically active and Germany must continue to insist on the importance of human rights, particularly concerning the death penalty.feedback

May 01 2017

Dear colleagues perhaps you think this is obvious but I am afraid it has to be made very clear. I have the feeling that some in Great Britain have illusions about this. But that's a waste of time.feedback

Apr 29 2017

For me, and I believe this is also the case for the Commission, what matters are the actual results.feedback

Apr 29 2017

I have said nobody ought to harbour any illusions, because I have sometimes the feeling as if those phases, the first phase of separation and the phase of shaping the future relationship, that sometimes, some people in Britain, and don't necessarily mean the government, have not really understood that there is this clear distinction. So I have an opportunity to say that there's no conspiracy against Britain.feedback

Apr 29 2017 - British elections 2017

The British prime minster thinks that a clear vote [in the general election] will strengthen her position in the negotiations. It will certainly give her a very credible platform. The election has removed this sword of Damocles over the negotiations.feedback

Apr 29 2017 - Feminism

To be honest the history of feminism is one with which I have common ground but also differences, and I don't want to claim a title I don't have. For example, Alice Schwarzer [a famous German second-wave feminist who helped make abortion legal ] or someone like that, they have fought so many hard battles, and then I come along seizing on their success and say I am a feminist. That's great isn't it. I am not afraid of [the label]. If you think that I am one - please, go ahead and have a vote over it, but I personally wouldn't want to wear the badge.feedback

Apr 28 2017 - Trump-Merkel

I don't rule out that the negotiations over a trade deal with the U.S. will be revived one day.feedback

Apr 28 2017 - French politics

We will see, I can't anticipate the discussion with the next French president.feedback

Apr 28 2017 - Israel

Yes, he has that. We were in close contact during his visit to Israel.feedback

Apr 27 2017

Negotiations about Britain's EU exit will demand a lot in the next two years, not only from the European Union but also from Britain itself. I think there is no doubt about it. We can therefore assume a strong signal of unity from the European Council of 27 on the day after tomorrow.feedback

Apr 27 2017 - Turkey

The time has come to talk very intensively about the relationship between the European Union and Turkey, but we must do that first among the 28 European Union members.feedback

Apr 27 2017 - Turkey

The Turkish government must measure itself based on this report and answer the questions raised in it. We will very carefully follow how Turkey deals with reports of possible irregularities. We have to be smart and clear.feedback

Apr 27 2017 - Christian Democratic Union of Germany

We can only do an agreement on the future relationship with Britain when all questions about its exit have been cleared up satisfactorily.feedback

Apr 27 2017 - Christian Democratic Union of Germany

In terms of substance and organisation, we are very well prepared.feedback

Apr 27 2017 - Merkel-Erdogan

We will follow very closely how Turkey deals with the reports. There is no question that the developments of the past weeks have strongly strained German-Turkish and European-Turkish relations.feedback

Apr 27 2017 - Christian Democratic Union of Germany

We can only make a deal about Britain's future relationship to the EU once all questions about the terms of its exit can be clarified to a satisfying degree. That means the sooner the British government is prepared to find constructive solutions, the sooner we can engage with their desire to already talk during the exit negotiations about the future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union. But first we need to know how Great Britain sees its future relationship with us.feedback

Apr 24 2017 - Single market

We want to continue good relations with Britain, while maintaining the advantages of the single market for ourselves.feedback

Apr 23 2017 - Ukraine Crisis

The conflict parties must also finally implement the long-agreed ceasefire. And there, the Russia-supported separatists, who are illegally and violently occupying parts of Ukrainian territory bear a particular responsibility.feedback

Apr 17 2017

The narrow result of the vote shows how deeply split the Turkish society is. This implies a big responsibility for the Turkish government and President Erdogan personally.feedback

Apr 13 2017 - Trump-Merkel

This naturally doesn't rule out that we have different opinions on some points, including on important questions.feedback

Apr 12 2017 - Borussia Dortmund bus attack

Our thoughts today are with the players ... with Borussia Dortmund, with the fans. And we hope that it can be a peaceful and good game.feedback

Apr 02 2017 - Iraq

We expect the people who come to us to stick to our laws.feedback

Mar 31 2017 - Sexism

Yes, now little girls in Germany know they can become a hairdresser, or chancellor. Let's see.feedback

Mar 31 2017 - Sexism

I have been speaking out now for almost 50 years, and it just can't be.feedback

Mar 31 2017

I want us to be a secure, prosperous, tolerant country–a magnet for international talent and a home to the pioneers and innovators who will shape the world ahead.feedback

Mar 30 2017

We have to find answers now ... We have problems to solve at the European level.feedback

Mar 30 2017 - Refugees

Apart from all the criticism we currently have for Turkey, they did a lot for the 3 million refugees and it's right that Europe would assist Turkey in this matter.feedback

Mar 30 2017 - Refugees

We had done too little in the past, that is why we took in refugees – because it was the right thing to do.feedback

Mar 30 2017 - French election 2017

In an increasingly unstable world, that collaboration is more, not less, important for us all. I want the UK's new relationship with the EU to ensure that – whether it comes to exchanging the information our security services need, or working together to protect Europe's borders – we have the closest possible relationship.feedback

Mar 29 2017

The European Union is a historically unique success story. It remains one even after Britain's withdrawal. We will take care of that.feedback

Mar 29 2017

For many people in Europe, Great Britain's intended departure from the EU is connected to very concrete worries about their own personal future. This goes especially for many Germans and European citizens living in Great Britain. Therefore, the German government will work intensively to make sure the effect on the everyday lives of those people is as small as possible.feedback

Mar 29 2017 - Christian Democratic Union of Germany

Maybe I've just become more hardened. The exposure to so many extreme situations tends to harden a person. You have to develop survival strategies.feedback

Mar 29 2017

The negotiations must first clarify how we will disentangle our interlinked relationship.feedback

Mar 28 2017

In order to maintain Europe in the long term, but above all to strengthen Europe in the long term, we must preserve and defend the achievements of European integration.feedback

Mar 27 2017

It is one result on a long path. We have our feet well enough on the ground to know that all the problems for 2017 are not solved with this.feedback

Mar 26 2017

This time, every vote really counts.feedback

Mar 26 2017

We don't want the clocks to go back on Sunday; we want the clocks to be put forward.feedback

Mar 25 2017

We will, in the future, have to concern ourselves above all with the issue of jobs.feedback

Mar 25 2017

The Europe of different speeds does not in any way mean that it is not a common Europe.feedback

Mar 24 2017 - West Bank

As before, I see no reasonable alternative to the goal of a two-state solution. Both the Israeli and the Palestinian people have the right to live in peace and security and none of the other options can deliver that credibly. I am very concerned about developments in the West Bank, which are leading to an erosion of the basis for a two-state solution.feedback

Mar 22 2017 - 2017 UK Parliament attack

Even if the background to these attacks has yet to be cleared up, I would like to emphasise on behalf of Germany and its citizens: we stand resolutely on Britain's side in the fight against any form of terrorism.feedback

Mar 20 2017 - Turkey

My statement stands that the Nazi comparisons coming out of Turkey need to stop. No ifs or buts. Unfortunately these comparisons have not stopped and we will not allow the excuse that the end justifies the means, leading to each taboo being broken without consideration of the suffering of those that were persecuted and murdered under the Nazis.feedback

Mar 20 2017

It makes absolutely no difference whether the notification comes one day earlier, or three or seven days afterward.feedback

Mar 20 2017 - NATO

Not a single NATO member state pays its entire defense budget into NATO.feedback

Mar 19 2017 - Japan

It is our obligation to explain to our citizens that the state is offering them the options of making use of digital potentials that we will empower them to do that. The task for us is to push digitization and move it forward and to explain to our people what value add is in all of that.feedback

Mar 19 2017 - Internet of Things

It's very good that Japan says we want a free trade agreement ... Germany would love to be a propelling driver behind the agreement coming into being. We do want open markets … we certainly don't want any barriers … we want to link our societies with one another and let them deal fairly with one another and that is what free trade is all about.feedback

Mar 19 2017 - Japan

Decision making in the EU is sluggish … it's not a blame game and I get often it's the individual member states … Often they can't agree.feedback

Mar 18 2017 - NATO

When we help people in their home countries to live a better life and thereby prevent crises, this is also a contribution to security. So I will not be drawn into a debate about who is more military-minded and who is less.feedback

Mar 18 2017 - Trump-Merkel

The "success of Germans has always been one where the German success is one side of the coin and the other side of the coin has been European unity and European integration. That's something of which I'm deeply convinced.feedback

Mar 18 2017 - Trump-Merkel

That is the spirit I think in which we ought to be guided in negotiating any agreement between the United States of America and the EU.feedback

Mar 17 2017 - Trump-Merkel

It is only fair that both sides profit from the treaties they made. So in this spirit I would be happy if we could resume discussions between the European Union and the United States of America. We signed a trade agreement with Canada and I hope that we might get into a situation here where we can reopen the talks. But this is something we will discuss.feedback

Mar 17 2017 - NATO

I am deeply convinced that the trans-Atlantic partnership, based on common values, is in all of our interests, not only for us Europeans. I'll hold my talks with President Donald Trump in this spirit in the coming week.feedback

Mar 17 2017 - Trump-Merkel

If I was able to, I would turn back time by many, many years, so that I could have prepared the whole government and the authorities for the situation which hit us out of the blue in the late summer of 2015.feedback

Mar 17 2017 - World Trade Organization

The other option is we sue (Trump) at the WTO.feedback

Mar 17 2017 - Trump-Merkel

Well, people are different. Sometimes, it's difficult to find compromises, but that's what we've been elected for. If everything just went like that without a problem, well, you don't need politicians to do these jobs. I am very glad to note that apparently the perspective on that has changed a little bit at least in Germany, too.feedback

Mar 16 2017 - Merkel-Erdogan

Furthermore, we're looking at the situation afresh every day and are not giving anyone a carte blanche for the future.feedback