Merkel says she wants better ties with Turkey

Sep 01, 2017, 02:00
Merkel says she wants better ties with Turkey

In Bitterfeld-Wolfen, the chancellor - whose conservative bloc holds a lead of some 15 percentage points over the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) - left no doubt that this would not happen as long as she is CDU party chief.

Merkel, expected to win a record-tying fourth term, defended her decision in 2015 to allow in over a million migrants, carrying on her speech despite loud heckling from a group of around 60 protesters, many of whom carried AfD signs.

"Those kinds of extraordinary situations happen every once in a while in a country's history".

"I take this very seriously", said Dr Merkel.

"This has definitely generated some self-confidence", Merkel said.

He said Merkel had done too little to make other European Union states take in asylum seekers from Greece and Italy, but his main foreign policy gripe was her handling of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Aydan Özoguz has come under fire from the AfD for saying the party's demands for recognition of a "leading German culture" ignore how German historical development, as a collection of kingdoms belatedly unified in 1871, offered little by way of a cultural common denominator beyond the German language.

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Her party's support dropped as a effect and led to a surge in support for the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, which pollsters say could win up to 10 per cent in next month's election.

In a recent newspaper interview, Merkel said she has no regrets about her 2015 decision to open Germany's borders to hundreds of thousands of refugees and added she will not be deterred from campaigning by angry hecklers.

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"She is using the infrastructure of the state to fly to her campaign events at a bargain price", Schulz said.

This centre would be in Egypt, a so-called transit country for refugees and economic migrants aiming to reach Europe.

Turning to foreign policy, Merkel called on Turkey to release German citizens swept up in the aftermath of last year's failed coup attempt, calling their imprisonment "unjustified".

According to the German leader, this process is "very slow".

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