The new rules are set to come into effect at the end of the year.
"If we simply try to carry on as we have in the past, the worldwide developments will definitely not be sustainable and inclusive," Merkel said.
How and when the meeting goes ahead depends on Putin's already busy schedule, the Kremlin asserts.
Gay rights activists hope the landmark decision will help end discrimination against the LGBT community.
Life with ISIS "was not what I thought," said one former fighter. Now, he has no future in Europe.
The president wants a full bilateral meeting, but his advisers would prefer a "pull-aside," sources say.
The forward became Chile's all-time leading goalscorer on Thursday.
Findings are likely to embarrass the German government at a time when U.S.-German relations are already strained.
Five things you may not know about refugees.
President Petro Poroshenko arrives in Washington, vowing to help Trump avoid "injustice" from Putin.
The fallout of Trump's disregard for the 70-year-long military alliance is offering Vladimir Putin an opportunity, according to a top ex-diplomat.
The operative helped the arrest of 50 ISIS fighters and prevented several plots, according to court testimony.
Men and women can pray together at the Berlin mosque, which is open to both Sunnis and Shiites.
Rock am Ring festival was evacuated in June over fears of a terrorist plot.
Parents who ignore the ban could face up to six months in prison.
The German chancellor grew up in Eastern Germany before the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Should Moscow pay Vilnius, or Vilnius pay Moscow, for World War II?
Jean-Claude Juncker has called for the EU to collaborate more on defense projects.
Europe's press eviscerated Theresa May for Britain's election 'madness.'
Less than an hour's car ride from the trenches, you'd hardly know there was a war on.
After many fallouts between Turkey and its European allies, 18 EU nations and Canada are reportedly vetoing plans to host NATO's next summit in Istanbul.