Admittance of refugees in 2015 was an`humanitarian exception'- Merkel

Aug 31, 2017, 01:24
Admittance of refugees in 2015 was an`humanitarian exception'- Merkel

Merkel sharply condemned a remark by a top AfD leader that her government's integration commissioner could be "disposed of in Anatolia", a name for the eastern part of Turkey.

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

A leader of the nationalist Alternative for Germany says Donald Trump should devote more energy to governing and less to tweeting, but insists the US president's unpopularity in Germany is not harming her party's standing ahead of next month's elections.

"There are many areas where people have the feeling that Merkel is lost in reverie", Schulz said, in particular accusing her of using military aircraft at "dirt cheap" prices to fly around the country for her 50 campaign stops in the final six weeks of the election.

Merkel said in her Sunday interview that she would repeat making similar decisions about refugees if exposed to the same situation as 2015.

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"We say clearly: no coalition with the AfD and no coalition with the Left", Merkel said, according to Reuters.

A day after discussing the continuing influx of migrants with leaders from Africa and other European countries, Merkel tackled head-on an issue that once looked as if it would be a liability for her in Germany's September 24 election.

The Chancellor was booed as she ascended the stage and the outbursts continued.

Fayez Serraj, the prime minister of Libya's United Nations -backed government, Chadian President Idriss Deby and Niger's president, Mahamadou Issoufou, stressed that fighting poverty must be a central part of any migration strategy, the AP reported.

That is up from 32 per cent in February but well below the 41.5 per cent her party won in the last election in 2013. I take what the (European) Commission says on this very seriously and tomorrow (European Commission President) Jean-Claude Juncker will come to Germany and of course I'll talk about it with him in detail.

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But Mrs Merkel insisted she would not shy away from hard debates in areas where her popularity has dipped.

Refused to look weak in front of the angry people, the defiant Merkel said - "Some people can't do anything else but scream and shout - but we're not going to let them lead us astray".

While defending her refugee policy, Merkel insisted that Germany is working hard to tackle illegal immigration.

"You have to live with it", Merkel said of the protests. At the same time, she clarified that she was not in a position to promise anything to the Greeks, since she was not a Greek politician.

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