German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Visit to India, 2019

  Jun 28, 2020

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Visit to India, 2019

Outcomes of the visit: 

  1. The German leader, on a three-day visit, sealed 17 MoUs and five Joint Declarations of Intent, covering a wide range of issues including agriculture, education, and heritage conservation. 
  2. A Joint Statement issued after the official consultation, expressed firm opposition to international terrorism and urged the global community to act against safe havens and sanctuaries of terrorists, saying that both sides oppose terrorism in all its “forms and manifestations”. 
  3. Both sides signed 17 Memoranda of Understanding covering cooperation in space research, marine ecology preservation, agriculture, Artificial Intelligence among other areas. 
  4. An MoU was signed between India's National Museum, the National Gallery of Modern Art, the Indian Museum, Kolkata, the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation and the Stiftung Humboldt Forum in Berliner Schloss. 
  5. Another agreement was signed between between All India Football Federation (AIFF) and Deutscher Fußball-Bund e.V. 
  6. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said her country will spend 1 billion euros ($1.12 billion) on green urban mobility projects conceived under the new German-Indian partnership. This will be over a five-year period. The funds will be used to finance several environment friendly projects such as the introduction of electric buses to replace the ones running on diesel for public transport in urban centres. 
  7. Green mobility solutions emerged as a major talking point for India-Germany cooperation during Merkel’s current visit, particularly in the backdrop of authorities in New Delhi declaring a health emergency due to a toxic haze enveloping the capital. 
  8. Joint Declaration of Intent on the Indo-German Partnership on Green Urban Mobility: 

Both sides agreed to foster cooperation on low-carbon mobility solutions and welcomed the signing of the new Joint Declaration of Intent on the Indo-German Partnership on Green Urban Mobility wherein the German side expressed its readiness to provide additional concessional finance of Euros 1 billion to support improvements of green urban mobility infrastructure and services and strengthen capacities of national, state and local institutions to design and implement sustainable, inclusive and smart mobility solutions in Indian cities. In addition, both leaders welcomed that e-Mobility is being envisaged an important area of collaboration, including under the already well established Joint Working Group on Automotive, 

What is the background to India and Germany relations?

How is the proximity between India and Germany impacting?



India EU FTA: 

In fact, Germany is becoming even more important for two reasons- 

1. Post Brexit, the role for Germany will become even more important 

2. The second point pertains to the negotiations around the FTA