Germany's Angela Merkel: 'Refugees must be distributed fairly'
- Author: Megan Austin Sep 01, 2017,
Sep 01, 2017, 1:56
However the issue surrounding migrants continues to dominate the upcoming election.
She said the SPD, junior partner in Merkel's current coalition government, had also ruled out governing with the anti-immigrant AfD, but had not issued any clear statements on whether it would work with the Left party.
The chancellor has repeatedly said that another emergency situation shouldn't be allowed to happen again, but if it did, she wouldn't change any of the major decisions she made in 2015.
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".
Earlier, Merkel accused one of the AfD's top officials, Alexander Gauland, of racism for recent remarks that Aydan Ozoguz, the government's integration minister, should be "dumped" back in her parent's homeland, Turkey.
Alternative for Germany, or AfD, appears set to enter parliament next month, but its poll numbers have fallen well below where they stood after almost 1 million migrants arrived in Germany in 2015. Many migrants and refugees have fled poverty and fighting in their home countries, many coming from the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
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Meanwhile, speaking at the annual meeting of European Union envoys in Brussels, Juncker said on Monday that Turkey is moving away from Europe in giant steps, adding that ending Ankara's efforts to join the European Union officially depends on Erdoğan. The ESM works alongside the International Monetary Fund in assisting Europe's financial programmes.
Merkel avoided any kind of jousting match with Schulz in her interview an hour later on Sunday and less than a mile away with ZDF television, saying only that she had sworn an oath of office to serve everyone in Germany.
Mrs Merkel says she also is interested in fostering a "migration partnership" with Niger to inhibit the smuggling of migrants through African deserts on the way to Libya. "All member states of the eurozone are showing economic growth, including Greece", Merkel said just less than a month before Germany's September 24 national election.
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.
She said: "We're a democracy and everyone can freely express themselves in public the way they want".