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Merkel ally renews refugee cap demand, but avoids threats

Merkel ally renews refugee cap demand, but avoids threats

Many people in the past had taken the European Union and its advantages for granted - such as freedom of speech, freedom of religion and freedom to travel, said Merkel who grew up in communist East Germany.

"I made clear when I announced my re-election bid that I would run for four years", Dr Merkel said in an interview with ARD television on Sunday (July 16), 10 weeks before the national election.

"This whole issue is unfortunate, very unfortunate", Merkel said on Sunday.

NATO's Secretary General urged the Turkish and German foreign ministers on Friday to resolve their differences over visits to Turkish air bases, part of a wider row between the two allies.

Riots broke out in the city, with dozens of police officers injured by left-wing extremists.

Angel Merkel, who leads the centre-right CDU/CSU has led Germany since 2005. "We still have a lot to do in this regard", she added.

Debate continues over IL school funding formula bill
Rauner accused Democratic legislative leaders of holding on to the bill to force a crisis. It has earned IL the dubious distinction of being the most inequitable in the nation.

"Things happened that were unacceptable". She pointed to planning and capacity bottlenecks in the construction industry as well as at the level of regional authorities.

Merkel's response in both cases has been to say that her Christian Democratic-led coalition with the SPD has already increased spending "massively" on roads, broadband expansion and pre-schools.

Merkel has said she is open to proposals of strengthening the single currency through the creation of a euro zone finance minister who would oversee a pooled budget for investments and transfers meant to help member states cushion downturns. "But we also must be able to get everything built on the ground". He had signaled in an interview that Germany must help resolve the imbalance by promoting domestic demand through increased spending. Trading partners called on the government to invest more as a way of reducing its massive trade surplus, something US President Donald Trump has railed against.

SPD leader Martin Schulz has accused Merkel of making empty promises about Germany's economic and political future as the former president of the European Parliament set out his own plans to boost investment and enhance European unity.

Countries like France or the United States argue that while Germany is happy to rake in cash from selling its goods overseas, it fails to help other economies by spending at home to contribute to economic growth.

Polls ahead of the September 24 election show Merkel in a strong position.


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