Merkel vows to enhance German wealth, security in 4th term

Posted August 30, 2017

German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, said on Tuesday that her decision, two years ago, to allow hundreds of thousands of migrants to enter Germany was a "humanitarian exception".

A defiant Angela Merkel said in an interview that she "would make all of the important decisions of 2015 the same way again", referring to her decision to open German borders to a million refugees.

"The sanctions will be canceled when the cause is eliminated", Merkel told reporters at an annual summer press conference, Sputnik International reports.

The issue of migration has played an only moderate role in the German election campaign and Merkel is widely expected to win a fourth term in next month's vote. They show Merkel's conservative bloc leading by 13-17 points over her main challenger, Martin Schulz of the centre-left Social Democrats.

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The only thing she could say, Merkel added, is that things were now much better than a year ago "when I anxious a great deal more".

The checks were first introduced in response to the worst refugee crisis since World War II, which saw a record number of refugees flood into Europe from Syria, as well as other Middle Eastern countries and Africa. She said in an interview with public broadcaster ZDF on Sunday that she also wants to improve schools and education, and to push for more electric automobiles. Once the Greek programme has been implemented, she added, "we will have relatively good prospects".

German chancellor maintains her resistance to providing the eurozone with significant financial resources.

Since Turkey and the European Union reached an agreement a year ago to curb the flow of migrants and refugees sailing from Turkish shores to Greece, most migrants have taken the more risky route from North Africa to Italy.

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"That some countries refuse to accept any refugees is not on".

The arrests have contributed to worsening relations between Berlin and Ankara, which says the arrests are necessary to protect Turkey. "This is a very complicated phase in our relations".

Turkey has arrested about 10 Germans in recent months on charges the German government considers dubious. "Our demand is very clear: That the people who have been arrested there are released", she said.

The commissioner, Aydan Ozoguz, has Turkish roots and had said that "a specifically German culture is, beyond the language, simply not identifiable".

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Merkel said Tuesday that Alexander Gauland's comment "is racist and absolutely to be condemned".