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Angela Merkel backs calls for a Eurozone finance minister

30 August, 2017, 01:39 | Author: Kristen Ingram

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is "aloof" and "out of touch", her main challenger Martin Schulz said Sunday, stepping up his attacks as he seeks to turn around a flagging campaign ahead of next month's general election. Merkel said there could be no progress even in trade relations with Turkey if the rule of law was not guaranteed in the country.

The agreement, which was signed by Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his German counterpart Sigmar Gabriel, aims to slow the flow of migrants to the European country, German government spokesperson Steffen Seibert said on Monday.

Germany has allowed in more than one million asylum seekers since 2015, which put Merkel under massive political pressure from hard-right opponents and within her own conservative bloc.

Merkel during the interview continued to defend that decision. The Government claims it never put a numerical figure on the number it would accept through the "Dubs scheme" - which was championed by Labour peer Lord Dubs, himself a Jewish refugee to the United Kingdom from Nazi-occupied Europe during WWII.

[R] efugees should be distributed among the European Union member states in solidarity, she said. "We'll overcome that. It will take time and patience but we will succeed".

"Given what the situation is at the moment, I believe we need these border controls", she told reporters. Last year, Bitterfeld-Wolfen made headlines when the AfD won more than 30 percent of the vote in a regional election.

Recent polls suggest the chancellor's popularity has returned to levels from before 2015, when the refugee crisis reached its peak.

He also compared her to former German chancellor Helmut Kohl, who like Merkel, spent more than a decade in office.

It was only the second campaign appearance by Merkel in formerly communist eastern Germany, where anti-foreigner sentiment is especially pronounced.

"Yes in principle", the chancellor said Sunday when asked about a demand by her main opponent, Social Democratic leader Martin Schulz to allow vehicle owners to collate complaints against carmakers.

The chancellor has already indicated she would not form a coalition with AfD but might take in the Free Democrats.

"Some people can't do anything else but scream and shout - but we're not going to let them lead us astray".

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