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Merkel calls on Putin to avoid further escalation in Ukraine

26 January 2015 | German Embassy London
Merkel speaking in the Bundestag on 15 January 2015

On 25 January Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke on the telephone with Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Speaking to Poroshenko, Merkel expressed her condolences about the recent deaths of civilians in Eastern Ukraine.

Merkel at World Economic Forum in Davos: "Europe must become faster"

23 January 2015 | Federal Government
Chancellor Angela Merkel at the World Economic Forum

Germany, Europe and the world are today facing major challenges – the fight against Islamist terrorism, the conflict in Ukraine and far-reaching economic issues, said  Chancellor Angela Merkel. She said that she respects the independent decision of the European Central Bank (ECB) to buy government bonds, but pointed out that the genuine impetus for growth must come from the political level.

Germany will always fight anti-Semitism

23 January 2015 | Federal Foreign Office
Meeting about rise of violent anti-Semitism at United Nations

"Because of its historical responsibility for the Holocaust, [Germany] fights and will always fight anti-Semitism in whatever form it is expressed," said Michael Roth, Germany's Minister of State for Europe at an Informal Meeting of the General Assembly of the United Nations on 22 January. Read his statement in full here.

Germany increasingly popular migration destination

22 January 2015 | Federal Government, German Embassy London
Brandenburg Gate in Berlin

Germany is an increasingly attractive destination for immigrants. According to the latest Migration Report, their numbers rose from 1.08 million in 2012 to 1.23 million in 2013, with net migration at its highest level since 1993. Net migration stood at around 430.000, the highest level since 1993.

EU foreign ministers discuss counter-terrorism

20 January 2015 | German Embassy London
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier with Romanian Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu at the start of the European Foreign Affairs Council meeting in Brussels, 19 January 2015

On 19 January, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier travelled to Brussels for a meeting of the EU foreign ministers' Foreign Affairs Council. Key items on the agenda included the effect of the recent Paris attacks on foreign policy and the situation in the Middle East.