In an interview with the Sunday edition of Germany's Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Merkel presented her vision of how the eurozone should develop, among many other topics.
Its power is vast - too much so for some people's tastes. And 20 years since its founding, the European Central Bank could soon see the unthinkable happen: a German in charge.
The European Commission has said it is taking Germany, Britain, France and three other countries to the bloc's highest court for failing to comply with EU air quality standards.
As France honored a policeman killed in the latest attack by a homegrown jihadist, debate has again flared over how to counter the influence of radical Salafist interpretations of Islam.