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Merkel: We need to reform political shape of Europe

Merkel blames Germany for both World Wars

Angela Merkel also repeated Winston Churchill's famous quote: "To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often."

Merkel to 'disappoint' Brits wanting sweeping EU reform

German leader Angela Merkel told Westminster Hall that those expecting fundamental reform of Britain's EU membership were "in for bitter disappointment."


Angela Merkel to address parliament and visit Queen

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will address parliament and have tea with the Queen in a high-profile visit to London today where she is expected to indicate her support for Britain staying in the European Union.

Angela Merkel is expected to say how much Germany wants Britain to remain as part of the EU. Credit: PA Wire

Merkel's support is seen as crucial to David Cameron's aims to reform the country's relationship with the EU.

The Prime Minister has promised to renegotiate the UK's membership and hold an in-out referendum in 2017 if the Conservatives win the general election next year.

The German Chancellor will also hold meetings with Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg.

Putin and Merkel discuss Ukraine situation in phone call

Russia's President Putin and the German Chancellor Merkel held a phone conversation to discuss the situation in Ukraine, the Kremlin has said.

"They underscored their joint interest in a stable Ukraine - both in economic and political terms," Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert said in a statement, adding they had agreed to stay in close contact.

Cameron 'concerned by spiralling violence' in Ukraine

David Cameron has phoned German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss the "spiralling violence" in Ukraine, a Number 10 spokesperson said.

The Prime Minister called Chancellor Merkel earlier this afternoon to discuss the appalling situation in Ukraine.

They are both extremely concerned by the spiralling violence. They agreed that the immediate priority must be to stop the violence and that President Yanukovych has a particular responsibility to help de-escalate the situation by pulling back government forces.

The Prime Minister plans to speak to more leaders in the next 24 hours and Ukraine will feature on the agenda of the PM’s bilateral with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte tomorrow afternoon.

– A Number 10 spokesperson

Merkel 'able to work' after ski injury

Chancellor Merkel will work from home where possible. Credit: Reuters/Francois Lenoir

Angela Merkel must take it easy for three weeks and work from home where possible after a skiing accident, said her spokesman Steffen Seibert.

The accident happened last week when the Chancellor fell while skiing over the Christmas vacation.

"The chancellor is of course able to work and is in full communication," said Seibert. He added that Merkel's accident occurred "at low speed" but he declined to give further details. The chancellor has postponed a visit to Warsaw scheduled for Wednesday this week, Seibert added.

But she will lead a cabinet meeting on Wednesday which will be the first gathering of all the ministers in the new "grand coalition" government of her conservatives and the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD), which was formalised last month.

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