Merkel urges Turks not to bring conflicts to Germany

Cheryl Sanders
August 30, 2016

Merkel told German public broadcaster ARD on Sunday that "everybody has to do their bit" and didn't rule out the possibility of letting some countries take in fewer migrants if they contribute more financially instead.

The German chancellor just finished a week of meetings in which she met with more than a dozen leaders from across the EU.

More than one million migrants from the Middle East, Afghanistan and Africa arrived in Germany a year ago. Merkel's personal approval rating slumped 12 percentage points to 47% in an Infratest poll published 5 August, though her party still leads in all national surveys.

Jerome Boateng said it was "very special" to have received an invite from Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Supporters say the deal would create more than a million jobs.

Schaeuble and Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel, who heads Merkel's Social Democratic coalition partner, urged tax relief in comments on Sunday, signalling growing pressure to distribute the fruits of Germany's balanced budgets.

Asked about the Syrian war in the interview on AFD, Merkel said that, "We (the global community) have to stop the bloodshed in Syria".

Asked Monday by The Associated Press whether Gabriel's claims were true, chief European Union negotiator Ignacio Garcia Bercero said: "No, no".

In her interview Sunday, Merkel declined to be drawn on whether she would run again, or even when she might announce her intention to stand again. His spokeswoman, Tanja Alemany, said her boss's comments were based on the lack of movement on the part of the US and that "he came to the realistic assessment" that there won't be a deal this year.

Just over a year before the next federal election, Merkel fielded questions in a television interview on eastern Europe's reluctance to accept Muslim refugees, relations with Turkey, sanctions against Russian Federation and the UK's vote to leave the European Union. "Within five days we got a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation mission up and running on the Aegean".

Britain was a major advocate of the deal but has now voted to leave the EU.

The United States has seen a similar controversy play out domestically, as Republican leaders like Ted Cruz and Donald Trump have called for draconian security measures against the Muslim community and a number of state governors said they supported a block on resettling Muslim refugees.

"How would that work in a European Union that is now losing one of its most important member states, that has been rattled, that doesn't know how it should reorganise itself?", he added, referring to Britain's recent vote to leave the bloc.

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