The European Union has learned from the Ebola epidemic. In future the European Medical Corps will be available to tackle any epidemics. Germany is contributing personnel and infrastructure to support the project. more
At the Matthiae Mahl dinner in Hamburg, Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged the United Kingdom not to leave the European Union. Germany, she said, supports many of the reforms Britain would like to see in the EU, because they could “benefit Europe as a whole”. more
The refugee crisis can only be resolved jointly by EU member states, declared the Chancellor and the Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło in Berlin. They both pointed to the close cooperation between Germany and Poland, which is “the good fortune of this generation”, said Merkel. more
Germany is to extend a 500 million euro loan to Iraq to help revive the country’s economy and improve its infrastructure. “The challenges facing Iraq’s government are great,” said Chancellor Angela Merkel during the visit of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. more
The 66th Berlinale has kicked off with a screening of “Hail, Caesar!”, the Coen brothers’ homage to the Hollywood dream factory. It was a glamorous start to the festival, which will see 430 films screened over the next ten days. The Berlinale’s main sponsor is the German government. more
Germany and Turkey intend to work together to resolve the refugee crisis. In Ankara, the Chancellor also called on Russia to end attacks on Syrian civilians. In the refugee crisis the main thrust must now be to take in legal refugees and prevent illegal migration, she said. more
Nuclear fusion is the attempt to harness the energy here on Earth from the fusion of atomic nuclei as happens in the sun. At the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) in Greifswald, the Chancellor has launched a crucially important phase in efforts to tap this inexhaustible source of energy. more
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