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Angela Merkel’s visit – Main Points


The visit of german chancellor  to India  took place on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries

Merkel received the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding

Former German Federal President Köhler went to India on a state visit from February 1 to 7, 2010. He inaugurated the Indo-German Max Planck Centre at IIT Delhi

During the first official visit to Germany by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Indian prime minister signed a "Joint Declaration" on April 23, 2006. It emphasised the strategic partnership of both countries, focusing on future cooperation in the fields of energy, science and technology and defence.

Above MOUs include an agreement between Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics (SINP) and Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY) that will allow researchers in India access to PETRA III, the world's best high energy synchrotron light source, and also help institute authorities in the setting up of a similar facility here.


A similar declaration -- signed during Chancellor Merkel's visit to India on October 31, 2007 -- had taken into account the fast progress in Indo-German relations and set ambitious goals for their development in the future. India and Germany are important partners on the international stage.

India is looking for investments and technology transfers to power its fast-paced economic growth while Germany is seeking to tap into India's booming market

During the visit, officials from the two sides signed four agreements for cooperation in science and technology, nuclear physics, vocational education and training, and medical research . It can be seen that all the agreements are related to education filed .

The two sides set the target of increasing trade to €20 billion by 2012

Angela Merkel and Manmohan Singh reviewed regional security and pledged to work together against terrorism and promote stability in South Asia. The situation in Afghanistan, with a projected withdrawal of Nato forces by 2014 and the efforts to engage with sections of the Taliban figured prominently in the talks between Merkel and Singh

Both countries will join forces in their commitment to tackling the challenges of the globalised world. Both are currently members of the UN Security Council and they cooperate with each other in the Council. Both India and Germany abstained in the vote in the Security Council on March 17 authorizing military intervention to protect civilians in Libya

They have successfully tried to find common answers to the problems caused by climate change and international terrorism, and as to whether and how the United Nations' Security Council can be adapted to the needs of the 21st Century

India and Germany pledged to step up their campaign for radical UN reforms including reforms in security council while agreeing that terrorism cannot be fought selectively.

The two countries reviewed the situation in Pakistan, where Islamist forces have stepped up attacks since Osama bin Laden’s May 2 killing, and Afghanistan, where Germany’s troop deployment has met with criticism.

They also discussed the situation in the Middle East and North Africa, with particular reference to the unrest in Libya and its likely impact on the world.

Merkel made a pitch for the German-led four nation consortium EADS’s Eurofighter Typhoon, which is in the race to win the $10.4 billion deal for 126 Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft that India plans to buy.

They discussed the need to speed up the process of the UN reforms. Germany and India now hold rotating non-permanent seats in the Security Council.

A day after Germany said it will phase out all its 17 nuclear plants by 2022, Merkel agreed to help India in areas related to nuclear safety and pledged support for the development of renewable energy.

Germany, which is a leader in wind and solar energy, was also ready to help in the area of renewable energy.

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  1. notwithstanding the general coherence in approaching international issues,India and germany did have divergent views on a few issues. some of them are-
    1.the security council expansion. while India,germany,brazil and japan have exclusively formed the G4 to have a unified forum to support each other's permanent seat aspirations,it is clear that India and brazil are for a full fledged permanent seat in the security council while germany and japan are comfortable with a permanent security council seat sans the same powers of the original five since they feel gradually reforms will ensure a full fledged status.

    2.India and Germany also differed in the views on handling the present libyan crisis where in germany is keenly supporting the NATO action on gaddafi's forces,India expressed concerns on the scale of civilian casulaties as a result of the stand off and called for early dialogue to end the crisis.

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