As the new German government is sworn in, the President of the European People’s Party (EPP), Joseph Daul, made the following statement about the government coalition led by Chancellor Angela Merkel and EPP members parties CDU and CSU:

“I would like to warmly congratulate Angela Merkel, the CDU and CSU on their new government. On 24 September 2017, German citizens gave the lead to CDU and CSU because their policies brought them a better quality of life, stability and prosperity. For the next four years, the German government, under the leadership of Angela Merkel, will continue to work towards prosperity for all citizens, to make German businesses strive and prepare Germany to tomorrow’schallenges.

Chancellor Merkel’s actions are guided by the German people’s well-being while keeping in sight the good of a continent. Angela Merkel is a steady hand in uncertain times. In the last decade, the European Union has been confronted by multiple crisis and Germany has always been a reliable partner for its European counterparts. The success of Angela Merkel is not only German, it is European. This is why the new government has made Europe a centrepiece of its coalition agreement.

Europe’s security, the European budget, the reform of the eurozone are just a few of the topics that will determine the European Union’s course. The EPP is glad to count in its ranks a visionary leader such as Angela Merkel to shape the European Union’s future for the next generations and ensure that the European Union continues to be one of the best places to live in the world”.