Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault have urged Ukraine to press ahead with reforms. In view of the crisis of government facing the country at present, this is more important than ever. more
Procedures for certain groups of asylum-seekers are to be speeded up, new reception facilities created and some refugees will not be able to bring in their families to Germany for a fixed period of time. more
A special flight to Kabul has returned 125 Afghan citizens required to leave Germany. Voluntary return is a very important issue. Returnees can help rebuild Afghanistan, said Federal Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière. more
The European Council has decided on extensive new regulations in order to keep the United Kingdom in the European Union. The Chancellor has welcomed the agreement. Negotiations focused at all times on unity and identifying common ground among all 28 member states. more
Chancellor Merkel and Foreign Minister Steinmeier have expressed their shock after the attack in Turkey’s capital Ankara. “The Federal Government strongly condemns this new terrorist act”, the Chancellor emphasised. more
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