Angela Merkel


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Even if the background to these attacks has yet to be cleared up, I would like to emphasise on behalf of Germany and its citizens: we stand resolutely on Britain's side in the fight against any form of terrorism.
Mar 22 2017
Angela Merkel has been quoted 626 times. The one recent article where Angela Merkel has been quoted is Germany calls on Turkey to tone down rhetoric. Most recently, Angela Merkel was quoted as having said, “My statement stands that the Nazi comparisons coming out of Turkey need to stop. No ifs or buts. Unfortunately these comparisons have not stopped and we will not allow the excuse that the end justifies the means, leading to each taboo being broken without consideration of the suffering of those that were persecuted and murdered under the Nazis.”.
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It is only fair that both sides profit from the treaties they made. So in this spirit I would be happy if we could resume discussions between the European Union and the United States of America. We signed a trade agreement with Canada and I hope that we might get into a situation here where we can reopen the talks. But this is something we will discuss.

I am deeply convinced that the trans-Atlantic partnership, based on common values, is in all of our interests, not only for us Europeans. I'll hold my talks with President Donald Trump in this spirit in the coming week.

If I was able to, I would turn back time by many, many years, so that I could have prepared the whole government and the authorities for the situation which hit us out of the blue in the late summer of 2015.

Well, people are different. Sometimes, it's difficult to find compromises, but that's what we've been elected for. If everything just went like that without a problem, well, you don't need politicians to do these jobs. I am very glad to note that apparently the perspective on that has changed a little bit at least in Germany, too.

Furthermore, we're looking at the situation afresh every day and are not giving anyone a carte blanche for the future.

I don't intend to participate in this race to trade provocations. The insults need to stop.

The Netherlands are our partners, friends, neighbours. Therefore I was very happy that a high turnout led to a very pro-European result, a clear signal.

I was very glad, and I think many people are, that a high turnout led to a very pro-European result.

The Netherlands are our partners, friends, neighbors. Therefore I was very happy that a high turnout led to a very pro-European result, a clear signal. And that after days in which the Netherlands had to tolerate accusations and reproaches from Turkey which are totally unacceptable... It was a good day for democracy.

These comparisons are totally misleading, they belittle the suffering, especially in the case of the Netherlands which suffered so much under the Nazis. This is completely unacceptable and that's why the Netherlands have my full support and solidarity, especially also my Dutch colleague Mark Rutte.

Even if in parts of the world we see protectionist and nationalist approaches on the rise, Europe may never isolate, seal itself off or withdraw.

It's not just about big words in such a declaration, it's about the fact that you can say after one, two, three or five years: We have achieved, what we've written down.

From our point of view, it is worth making every endeavour to advocate for German-Turkish relations but on the basis of our values and our expectations, and with clarity.

I only found out through media reports. Nothing that I didn't already know based on the information from the transport minister and the media. I don't have any explanation for that.

We must have the courage that some countries precede if not all want to participate: a Europe of different speeds is necessary, otherwise we will probably get stuck.

There are profound differences of points of view between Germany and Turkey on the state of liberty of the press and opinion in Turkey, on the destiny of many more than a hundred journalists in prison – also the destiny of our compatriot, the journalist Deniz Yücel.

We have agreed with Tunisia to send back 1,500 Tunisians to Tunisia who have been refused (permission) to stay in Germany. Those who want to return voluntarily will be eligible to receive aid.

We have reached concrete agreements on border control, Egypt has made suggestions on technical support. Further talks are needed on that, but on the point of border control, Germany is ready to offer further support.

Independent journalism must be able to exist. Journalists must be able to do their work, and that's why we are thinking tonight of Deniz Yücel, who sits in custody in Turkey and requires being set free.

In our opinion there has been no reason to deprive Deniz Yucel of his liberty. We are now resting our hopes on the the court respecting principles in accordance with the freedom of the press and that Mister Yucel will be set free as soon as possible.

The Minsk agreement is the only channel we have to bring a solution to this conflict. The Minsk agreement started on the assumption that there was a road map, but when it was enacted there was no continuous ceasefire.

Russia is a neighbour of the European Union. Russia is on our external borders. I won't let up in efforts to establish a better relationship with Russia despite differing opinions on many issues.

The joint fight against Islamic terrorism is one area where we have the same interests and we can work together.

Will we be able to continue working well together or will we all fall back into our individual roles? I call on us, and I hope we will find a common position on this, let's make the world better together and then things will get better for every single one of us.

We have at the moment in the euro zone of course a problem with the value of the euro. The ECB has a monetary policy that is not geared to Germany, rather it is tailored (to countries) from Portugal to Slovenia or Slovakia. If we still had the (German) D-Mark it would surely have a different value than the euro does at the moment. But this is an independent monetary policy over which I have no influence as German chancellor.

When you look around the room and see how many iPhones and Apple products are in play, I think the vice president can be completely satisfied, and Fifth Avenue is still underpopulated with German cars.

We will do everything we can politically to secure jobs and sites in Germany.

With Opel, the talks are underway. The government has a coordination process underway.

I have faith in him to lead our country in these difficult times.

There will be an EU with different speeds, that not everyone will take part in the same levels of integration.

We believe this is necessary and we should do this because we want to be able to maintain the ability to help those who are entitled to humanitarian protection, who have also been legally recognised.

For me it is not a matter of two speeds within the euro zone. The euro zone must remain together. And what we agreed on should be delivered together by all the euro member states.

We have to see what the U.S. administration does and then we have to decide whether to react or not to react. I have often said that I support multilateralism and mutual trade agreements. I believe the world mastered the financial and banking crisis because we reacted together in the G20. It's in the German interest to ideally strengthen the similarities that both sides share from our side, from the cooperation of intelligence agencies to issues of defence.

We will try to find common ground wherever possible. We will see issue by issue where we can cooperate and where we have different opinions, but it's in Germany's interest to strengthen the common ground there is.

We have to set out our policies well, and we must run together, and then we've gained a great deal.

We needed time to make sure about the question of whether what we have in common is viable, and I am convinced that it's better to take one day longer. I think we have enough time until Sept. 24 to set out this common ground to the population.

I believe that the more we are clear on how we define our role in the world, the better we can manage our transatlantic relations, . That is why talking about Europe is on top of the agenda for me and not talking about other parts of the world.

The more strongly we are clear about how we define our role in the world, the better we can tend our trans-Atlantic relations.

I have stated that the guilt must be individually identified. And we saw how the Turkish people defended democracy and democratic rule in Turkey. This is exactly why it is important in this critical phase to maintain freedom of expression.

So I can't and don't want to change anything about the situation.

Germany is a country that has always called for the European Central Bank to pursue an independent policy, just as the Bundesbank did that before the euro existed. Because of that we will not influence the behaviour of the ECB. And as a result, I cannot and do not want to change the situation as it is.

The fight against terrorism does not justify such general action against particular countries and people of a particular faith.

The necessary and decisive battle against terrorism does not in any way justify putting groups of certain belief under general suspicion – in this case people of Muslim belief or of a certain origin. In my opinion, this act runs contrary to the basic principles of international refugee assistance and international cooperation.

At the moment we cannot sign an agreement like that concluded with Turkey.

Europe faces big internal and external challenges which we ... can only master by working together. We need a clear, common commitment to the European Union, to what we have accomplished, and to the values of our liberal, democratic democracies.

We've got to fight this battle, if for no other reason than principle.

I am personally waiting for the inauguration of the US president. Then, of course, we will work with him on all levels.

What will really count is what (application) is turned in to Europe. We will deal with the decision that Britain makes for itself ... We'll wait and see, and we'll take a look at it and will react to that.

There are also international risks. We see protectionist tendencies.

The response to the financial crisis was not a response that was based on isolation, but a response that was based on cooperation, on common rules of regulation, including the financial markets.

One cannot lead these (Brexit) negotiations based in the form of 'cherry picking'. This would have fatal consequences for the remaining 27 EU states. Britain is, for sure, an important partner with whom one would want to have good relations even after an exit from the EU.

My thoughts this morning are with the victims, their families and friends.

Many attach to 2016 the feeling that the world had turned upside down or that what for long had been held as an achievement is now being questioned. The European Union for example.

And, yes, Europe should focus on what can really be better than the national state. But we Germans should never be led to believe that each could have a better future by going it alone.

We are going to check, with urgency, the extent to which government measures must be changed.

We can be relieved at the end of this that one acute danger has been ended. But the danger of terrorism as a whole remains, as it has for many years – we all know that.

I am confident that we will master this crucial test we find ourselves in, because we have got professional personnel, who with all their means, will contribute to the successful outcome of the investigation; but also (I am confident) because we know, that the values of democracy and the rule of law are on our side.

We have made great efforts in recent years to better prepare for terrorist threats. This makes me confident that we will withstand the test that we now face.

We will continue to take resolute action...because it's about protecting people whether they are in Germany or in Afghanistan.

Twelve people who were still among us yesterday, who were looking forward to Christmas, who had plans for the holidays, aren't among us anymore. A gruesome and ultimately incomprehensible act has robbed them of their lives.

This is a very difficult day. I am disappointed, shocked and very sad about what happened in Berlin yesterday.

I have no simple answers. We cannot live without these shared moments in public spaces. We must not be limited by fear of evil. We will live as we wish in Germany – free, together and openly.

We are trying to support Greece. ... We want a fair distribution of refugees throughout Europe.

The Greek Prime Minister's view will play a role in our talks. our talks were not always easy, but our they were always honest and sincere with the goal of obtaining results.

I'm sure I will speak with the Greek prime minister about this tomorrow, although I don't intend to get involved in the negotiations on the Greek package.

We have worked out – this concerns all migrant partnerships – that development, security and the fight against human smuggling must always go together, so that people do not get in danger.

It will be necessary to extend the sanctions against Russia again - although we would have wished for better progress in the implementation of this process.

Here we say 'show your face'. So full veiling is not appropriate here. It should be prohibited wherever legally possible.

In my view, a fully veiled woman has almost no chance of integrating successfully in German society.

German law takes precedence over Sharia. The full-face veil is not acceptable in our country. It should be banned, wherever it is legally possible.

We do not want any parallel societies, and where they exist we have to tackle them. Our laws have priority over honour codes, tribal and family rules, and over the Sharia… That also means that with inter-human communication, which plays a crucial role (here), we show our face. This is why the full-face veil is not appropriate and should be outlawed wherever it is legally possible – it does not belong to us.

Let us not be fooled into thinking that. That would be grotesque, absurd, condemned to failure. That's not how it works.

We must, in this situation ... first do everything so that Europe doesn't emerge even weaker from the crises than when it went in.

Full veiling is not appropriate here – it should be banned wherever that is legally possible.

The 2017 election will be more difficult than any election before, at least since German reunification.

Who the people are ... is something that we will all determine, not just a few, however loud they may be.

I have asked a lot of you because the times have asked a lot of us – I am well aware of that. And I cannot promise you that there will be fewer demands in the future, because we must do what the times demand of us.

If it turns out that (the perpetrator) was an Afghan refugee then that needs to be condemned, absolutely, just like with any other murderer. But that shouldn't be combined with a rejection of an entire group, just like we don't draw conclusions about an entire group from (the actions of) one person in other instances.

I am sad that the referendum in Italy did not turn out as the prime minister wished because I always supported his reform policies, but it is of course a domestic Italian decision that we must respect.

From my point of view, we will continue our work in Europe and we have set the right priorities.

So, one has to try to find compromises with mutual respect, but also with a clear opinion. That's politics - always looking to find a common way forward.

Climate negotiations with American presidents ... were not easy in the past.

Of course, I will then say that I believe that climate change is absolutely caused by people. We want to see how the positions develop.

Such attacks are a part of every day life and people have to get used to them.

I told the British Prime Minister (Theresa May)very clearly during our talks that first Article 50, then common guidelines from the European Council, and then the negotiations, and I have no reason to doubt that this agreed strategy will be followed.

The EU 27 are united that it is in our interest to negotiate together.

We must solve this problem together, so that we don't have a situation where one country wreaks damage on other countries.

In order to reach people, to inspire people, we need to deal with this phenomenon and - where necessary - regulate it.

That doesn't justify curbing press freedom or arresting thousands and thousands of citizens. And that's what we have to criticise clearly, but at the same time we mustn't cut the thread of conversation.

There are too many indications that hospitals and medical facilities are deliberately being bombed.

Our defense budget shows that we haven't reached the point where we should be if we talk about the expectations of our NATO partners.

I support efforts by Justice Minister Heiko Maas and Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere to address hate speech, hate commentaries, devastating things that are incompatible with human dignity, and to do everything to prohibit it because it contradicts our values.

We cannot tackle all the world's hunger, nor can we solve the problems of 65 million refugees, nor can we change the political order everywhere the way we would like it.

A little more than quarter of a century after the fall of the (Berlin) Wall and German reunification ... people are realizing that what we have taken as given is no longer a given.

Security plays an important part and that is not just the case since the election of a new president in the United States.

Our bilateral relations are very good, they are very close in the areas of business, of the economy. The European Union and the United States of America are the big important economic areas for us, which is why I always have come up strongly in favor of concluding a trade agreement with the United States of America.

Algorithms must be more transparent, so that interested citizens are also aware of what actually happens with their own media behavior and that of others.

We both put emphasis on creating migration partnerships with African countries, we have to put all our efforts into getting a stable government in Libya as fast as possible. So, there was a high amount of agreement on our ambitions, our conceptions, and a strong commitment of both our countries to engage into making economicl development and creation of jobs a priority for both our countries, along with the control of migration.

We will not be able to discuss Britain's exit from the European Union very deeply as the prime minister has said she will submit the application to leave according to Article 50 at the latest by the end of March.

I have always been very committed to the conclusion of a free trade agreement with the United States, we have made good progress in the negotiations but now they cannot be concluded.

I'm sure that one day we can come back. What unites us is the common conviction that globalisation must be organised humanely, politically, but that there is no return to the time before globalisation.

Alliances are part of our destiny as a nation, part of our future as a nation, and this is what guides me in my policy and my government as a whole.

This is not easy because we are all raised to think the older we become the wiser we become, and that we naturally climb up the hierarchy, and not that we find out at the end of our careers what we don't know.

S goal to restrict immigration. However, she said she was open to discuss the framework of the free movement, the U.K.

Free movement applies to me in the sense that the employee himself earns the money he needs for himself and his family in the other member state.

First, however, Britain must explain in what manner it would like this exit.

I personally am of the view that we will have to discuss further with the (European) Commission when this freedom of movement applies from.

On the basis of these values, I am offering to work closely with the future President of the United States Donald Trump.

Then we'd come a little bit closer to a balance of women and men in leading positions.

We must keep the 27 [member states] together and shouldn't set standards, so that everyone can't cherry-pick in Europe what they want. This is going to be the challenge.

That's why we should conduct these talks with Switzerland as if the Great Britain issue never existed. I can only say that the German position hasn't changed with Great Britain's decision. These are two completely different issues.

In negotiations with Britain, there should be as little friction as possible for the EU.

I am optimistic that one will maybe find a solution with regards to CETA. But I can't anticipate it.

If the intensity of the bombing that we've seen in recent days continues, then that would be a reason for us to think about what we do next.

There must be work as soon as possible on achieving a cease-fire – not just one over several hours per day, followed by many hours of bombing, but a lasting cease-fire.

She is "of the opinion that no options, including that of sanctions, can be taken off the table in view of the situation, but the priority is that we look at lessening people's suffering in some way, and that will be an issue tomorrow.

To get from 1.2 percent to 2 percent, we need to increase it by a huge amount.

We are already working in Oromia to de-escalate the situation there by offering mediation between groups.

In a democracy there always needs to be an opposition that has a voice - in the best case in parliament.

The good budgetary situation is having a positive effect. We will be able to bring about small tax relief, which will amount to 6 billion euros for 2017 and 2018.

I think solid fiscal policy is important also because of the demographic changes we're facing. The 'Schwarze Null' is not a fetish of uninspired people as some critics suggest, but it is the statement that we don't want to burden the next generation with even more new debt.

(Being an) open society also means being open for global trade .. we have made good progress on CETA now and in the European context you can expect that we will get the signing and ratification.

She was sceptical that a no-fly zone could be enforced in Syria, given the situation there.

I only want to say that Deutsche Bank is a part of the German banking and financial sector. And of course we hope that all companies, also if they face temporary problems, can develop in the right direction. I don't want to comment beyond that.

For this to happen, it is necessary to sit down with Turkey and discuss the final conditions, which have not yet been fulfilled. But, it is also necessary, for Greece, in particular, to enforce the implementation of the one-in-one-out system, to send back migrants who arrive illegally.

I take my share of the responsibility that lies with me as party chairwoman and chancellor.

We can do this,' acknowledging that some may have objected to the catchphrase.

If I could, I would turn back the time by many, many years.

Much has been interpreted from this everyday expression and even secretly interpreted. So much so that… I am hardly inclined to repeat it.

I think it's wise not to comment on this news from my side.

Further efforts are needed to reach consensus on migration policy. We didn't specifically have a bilateral conversation with Viktor Orban.

We are in a critical situation. I hope that Bratislava stands for the fact that we want to work together, and we want the problems that there are in Europe to be solved.

You can't solve all Europe's problems in one summit. What we have to do is show in our deeds we can do things better in the realms of security and fighting terrorism, and in the field of defence.

The point is not to simply expect a solution to Europe's problems from one summit - we are in a critical situation - but rather it is about showing through actions that we can be better.

Many are in integration courses or waiting to get on them. So I think we will need to show some patience, but must be ready at any time to develop viable solutions.

Terrorism is not a new problem that just arrived with the refugees. But because not each individual refugee arrives here with good intentions we will continue to strengthen security at home. People here are entitled to expect that we do all that is humanly possible to protect their security.

The situation today is much better than it was a year ago. But there is still much to do.

Change is not a bad thing ... Germany will remain Germany with everything that we love and treasure.

We have behind us a year full of decisions.. to reduce the number of migrants.

All of us should realize the AfD is a challenge not only for the Christian Democrats ... but that they are a challenge for everyone in this house.

I'm very unsatisfied with the outcome of the election. Obviously it has something to do with the refugee question. But I nevertheless believe the decisions made were right and we have to continue to work on them.

I hope that these negotiations soon reach a result, but we need a longer cease-fire to put in place the basic structure for humanitarian supply.

I will work for people to see that we will solve the problems, from security to integration to repatriation, step by step.

On that weekend (in 2015) it was not about opening the border for everyone, it was about not shutting it to those who had made their way to us from Hungary, on foot and in great need of help.

We're all in agreement that lawmakers must be allowed to visit our soldiers. I'm also trying to achieve progress through discussions.

Neither vote will be pretty for the CDU. But we will move on. It won't distract her from the challenges we face in Germany and in Europe.

There are political issues that one can see coming but don't really register with people at that certain moment - and in Germany we ignored both the problem for too long and blocked out the need to find a pan-European solution.

That goes as well for protecting the external border of the Schengen area.

I keep saying that I'm their chancellor too and I think it's important to profess that and it's good if that is reciprocated by commitment to our country and not by bringing conflicts from Turkey to Germany.

Danger exists, of fragmentation, of selfishness, of retreating into ourselves.

We have to think what this means for the rest of the 27 members. Do we have enough strength to go on the road of success for a better Europe? I think that we can overcome the departure of Great Britain, but we have to work hard for it.

The deep sympathy of the German people. The pictures of the devastation are shocking.

We expect from people of Turkish origin, who've already lived in Germany for a long time, that they develop a high level of loyalty to our country.

The phenomenon of Islamist terrorism, of IS, is not a phenomenon that came to us with the refugees – rather, we have it, and had it, here.

The terrorists want to make us lose sight of what is important to us, break down our cohesion and sense of community as well as inhibiting our way of life, our openness and our willingness take in people who are in need.

It is important that we don't follow those, who with coldness, even hatred, in their hearts, lay claim to a Germany that is for them alone, while trying to exclude others.

So far there is no indication that Turkey is not fulfilling its obligations.

We in federal government are in mourning with heavy hearts for those who will never return home to their families. To the families, the parents and children for whom today seems empty and pointless, I say personally and in the name of many, many people in Germany we share your pain, we are thinking of you and suffering with you.

Nobody wants a long period of limbo. Neither the British people nor the European member states.

It was "tragic that so many people paid for this coup attempt with their lives" and urged an end to the bloodshed. Germany stands on the side of all of those in Turkey who defend democracy and the rule of law.

It's tragic that so many people died during this attempted coup. The bloodshed in Turkey must stop now.

I am completely convinced that we will win this fight despite all difficulties.

Our sympathy can by nature never make up for the loss of so many lives but in these days there must be solidarity, the solidarity of all the people in Germany with friends in France, the solidarity of all the countries who are involved in the fight against terrorism. Germany stands by France in the fight against terrorism, together with many, many others and I am convinced that despite the difficulties we will win this fight.

All of us who have come together at the ASEM summit are united in our feeling of disbelief at the attack of mass murder in Nice.

The task of the new prime minister, who is going to assume office very soon, will be to get clarity on the question of what kind of relationship Britain wants to build with the European Union. (…) From Germany alone we export 800,000 cars to Britain every year, but its not just us, every member state has the same goal (…) therefore we are going to lead the negotiations together, in order to keep the effects minimal for all of us.

The task of the new prime minister ... will be to get clarity on the question of what kind of relationship Britain wants to build with the European Union.

I expect that to happen. I deal with reality and I firmly expect that application will be made.

I am sure that if we stick to the truth, we will win back what we need – people's trust.

The situation today is much, much better for everyone than it was a year ago but there is still a lot that needs to be done. One big problem is repatriation and enforcing the departure of those people who are not allowed to stay here. And citizens rightly expect from us that we help those who need help, but that we tell those who have no right of residence that they have to leave Germany.

The deal with Turkey is a model for further similar agreements.

The actions of Russia in the Ukraine crisis has deeply unsettled our Eastern neighbours. If the validity of the law and the sacredness of borders is challenged in words and actions, then trust in NATO is lost. And especially our allies in the East have been deeply unsettled by this. They are in need of clear reassurance through the alliance.

Our citizens often don't understand why we are doing something and what our goals are. All of us want to change this. It is not about changing the EU Treaty, about introducing more laws or less. It's about delivering on our goals.

This is the world's fifth-biggest economy and 15 to 17 percent of the European Union's gross domestic product, and if this country leaves the internal market .... then of course that will be a difficult situation.

We will make sure that the negotiations will not follow the principle of cherry-picking. There has to be and there will be a clear distinction over whether a country wants to be a part of the EU family or not.

Whoever decides to leave that family cannot expect all obligations to be omitted while keeping its privileges.

That applies to Great Britain as well as everyone else. Norway was not an EU member but had free access to the single market "because in return it accepts free migration from the European Union among other things.

This means that – and we agree on that – that there will be no informal or formal talks on the leave, before the European Union has received the demand to leave.

I have neither a brake nor an accelerator, rather I have the job of reflecting when this message (to leave the bloc) arrives about how exactly we implement it.

We can't begin informal talks without having the message (Article 50) from Britain. That is clear for me.

The notification has to be sent by the British government – I have neither a brake nor an accelerator.

Our aim should be to shape future relations between Great Britain and the European Union so that they are close and based on partnership". She wants an "objective, good" climate in talks on Britain's exit and there is "no need to be particularly nasty in any way in the negotiations.

I have the feeling that we shouldn't try to frighten anyone in the separation negotiations. We are sad that the way the vote turned out, but that is no reason to be especially nasty in the negotiations, they must be held in a businesslike manner.

Britain will remain a close partner, with which we are linked economically. There was no hurry for Britain to invoke Article 50 of the EU treaty - the first step it must take to set in motion the exit process. It should not take ages, that is true, but I would not fight now for a short time frame.

Today is a blow for Europe. It is a blow for the process of European unification. What the consequences of this blow will be in the next days, weeks, months and years, is entirely dependent on whether we, the other 27 members of the European Union, will show ourselves willing and able not to jump to conclusions in this situation, and not to draw instant and simple conclusions from the referendum in Great Britain, which would only divide Europe further.

Time and time again we are confronted with people that have doubts over the direction that the EU has taken. We have to make sure that people feel that the EU can make a contribution to people's lives.

That means China also bears a greater responsibility for the global steel market. Chinese overproduction and the resulting problems for the European steel industry.

We are determined to continue living in an open and tolerant way even if such murderous attacks plunge us into deep mourning.

It is important to have a secure juridical environment. The secure status of law is important in a large number of fields.

From my point of view, Great Britain remaining in the European Union is the best and most desirable thing for us all. we have very close cooperation on many questions with Great Britain, and would of course like to continue this within the framework of the European Union.

If we don't say that full access to the single market is linked to full acceptance of freedom of movement, then everyone in Europe will start doing what they want.

Regarding the vote in the German parliament I would like to say that there is a lot that binds Germany to Turkey. And even if we have a difference of opinion on an individual matter, the breadth of our links, our friendship, our strategic ties, is great, starting with defence issues and many other issues, and last but not least the three million Turkish citizens that live in our country.

It is naturally the decision of the British people how to vote. I personally wish that Britain will remain a part of the European Union. Why do I wish this?. I believe that when we sit together in the European Union, every side, including Britain, can make its argument more efficiently and better, and every result is better than when one does it from outside.

This [tunnel] is of course a wonderful example for how you can travel even more easily from Italy via Switzerland along the Rhine northwards all the way to the Netherlands. This will bring together many people, this will bring together cultures, this will strengthen our connections and I think that is wonderful.

I would like to see what binds us and understand how to use it. That is what the Gotthard Tunnel symbolises.

In the European Union we will continue to have different views on certain issues. That is in the nature of things but it will prove beneficial if we demonstrate our ability to compromise to reach an agreement.

We've often spoken about these issues, but there remain questions. And we will monitor developments closely, but our questions have still not been answered.

We want that the Kurdish people have their equal place and a good future in Turkey. Of course there are mutual dependencies, which you could also call a necessity to reconcile interests.

We have said that Turkey naturally must fulfil the conditions, these are 72 projects that must be implemented. My aim is that we stick to those understandings. Provided that Turkey delivers the relevant results.

That's why it is the responsibility of us politicians to do our homework in our area, in economic policy, in structural reform.

Too many people already lost their lives during their escape. The EU-Turkey agreement therefore really didn't come soon enough. It is now important that we continue our efforts, especially when it comes to a fair distribution of refugees in Europe and a common approach against the roots of escape and expulsion.

That there are people in Germany who discuss the fact that interest rates have been much higher is legitimate.

Granting this legal action for insulting a foreign head of state means neither a prejudgment of the person concerned nor a decision about the limits of freedom of art, the press and opinion.

For security reasons as well as for reasons of gaining people's trust, we have to show we can protect our external borders. You can see that Europe's territory is diverse: that maritime borders are harder to protect than land borders; and that we need cooperation with our neighbours. This applies to Turkey and this will apply now for Libya.

It is not a demand of the federal government to have no debt haircut but rather in our opinion this is legally not possible in the euro zone. The German position is that the IMF takes part in an agreement ... We want a quick conclusion of these talks.

Today shows that Europe will manage it. It shows we are capable of reaching common European solutions and managing complex tasks.

I don't have any illusions with what we decided today, there will also be setbacks, because we have major logistic challenges to meet now.

I found him to be a sensitive and thoughtful person. A man who kept his word when he gave it.

Overall, things are going in the right direction. No. We are seeking a balance of interests.

We want to end the policy of waving through. Asylum seekers also have no right to choose the country in Europe where they ask for asylum.

If a big continent like Europe with 500 million inhabitants can give refuge to one million Syrians I don't think that's asking too much, as a neighbouring region. And it's probably not even one million Syrians who are here who really need refuge.

I wish David Cameron all the best in the coming weeks and months.

And, when the number of illegal migrants can be substantially reduced, we will consider a relocation programme from Turkey to the EU, on a voluntary basis.

The important statement for me today is that we have not only reaffirmed the EU-Turkey action plan, but we have said it is our priority.

I would like the EU-Turkey immigration agenda to be granted priority so that we do everything to implement what has been agreed to protect our outer borders, and also to divide roles with regard to the many refugees coming from Syria.

What is, of course, important, not just for Turkey but for all of us, is that if we want to stop illegal immigration we obviously have to be ready to some extent to accept refugees by legal means, especially Syrian refugees.

The German government is convinced that the refugee movements can be solved by fighting their reason for leaving. London is a major step to come closer to this aim.

We want those with the prospect of remaining to be integrated, but we also want to say that we need those who have no prospect of remaining to return.

The artworks shown here warn us, each picture in its own way to always remember what happened, to always think of the victims and to make every effort to ensure it never happens again.

We cannot allow – and here we (Turkey and Germany) agree, that illegal human traffickers and smugglers have the power on the sea between Turkey and Greece.

I think we should start with tackling the causes of migration and find a European solution. I am sure we will have an open and good debate on that.

Today Istanbul was the target, before Paris, Copenhagen, Tunis, and so many other areas. International terror changes the places of its attacks but its goal is always the same it is our free life in free society. The terrorists are the enemies of all free people, indeed, the enemies of all humanity, whether in Syria or Turkey, in France or Germany.

The terrorists are the enemies of all free people … of all humanity, be it in Syria, Turkey, France or Germany.

Now all of a sudden we are facing the challenge that refugees are coming into Europe and we are vulnerable, as we see, because we don't yet have the order, the control that we would like to have. We also have to intensify the fight against the causes that make people flee in the first place, then we'll be able to reduce the number of refugees – that's what we want to happen this year.

The right to asylum can be lost if someone is convicted, on probation or jailed. Serial offenders who repeatedly rob or repeatedly affront women must feel the full force of the law.

Everything has to be put on the table. Serial offenders who consistently, for example, return to theft or time and again insult women must count on the force of the law.

There are some very serious questions which arise from what has happened which have relevance beyond Cologne.

There is no question that the influx of so many people will still demand more from us. It will take time, effort and money. Our values, our traditions, our understanding of the law, our language, our rules and regulations all of these things underpin our society and are fundamental requirements for the positive and mutually respectful coexistence of all the people in our country.

We want to and we will noticeably reduce the number of refugees because it's in everyone's interest.

We need to make Europe more competitive, strengthen research and innovation in promising economic sectors not only to avoid falling behind, but also to set European standards.

From a German perspective I can only underline that Great Britain is an important partner and we will remain closely connected to Great Britain in the future. But of course the EU and the remaining 27 member states also have to protect their interests. For example, whoever would like to have free access to the European internal market will also have to accept all basic freedoms in return, including the free movement of people.

Above all, we owe that to the victims and their loved ones. But it is also necessary for our own security and something that we owe to the many innocent refugees who are fleeing war and terrorism.

Turkey could be ready to speed up the implementation of the readmission agreement for nationals from third countries.

Our main point and goal is the integration of those with a perspective to stay in Germany. Within the integration process, we want to bring our values and legal system closer to the refugees. We want to show that Germany is an open country that we are proud of and which has a good reputation in the world.

Made in Germany' remains, thanks to innovation, a trademark and a seal of quality, and the events at Volkswagen changes nothing about that, I want to stress that again. But they also show that we must also insist here on transparency and a quick clean-up.

I just don't think – and I am speaking to those who believe that we should close Germany's border with Austria – that this will solve the problem.

We are all duty-bound by the Geneva Conventions. We have standards for human dignity and that's why this is about relief and about how to share these tasks on the so-called Balkan route. Of course we will also talk about further developing registration centres on the outer borders. Better protection of the EU borders is an important task as we know.

I can say that we know who was responsible. We do not see any reason to change our view of history on this particular question. We stand by German responsibility for the Holocaust.

Of course we expect things in return. There is an agreement on migrants between Turkey and the European Union and this holds true for third countries as well but of course visa liberalisation and readmission agreements should also go into effect.

It's very clear that in this moment some countries have many refugees. and if these countries also should provide the staff for external border protection. I don't think that would be what you understand by a fair distribution of the burden.

Most war refugees who come to Europe travel via Turkey. We won't be able to order and stem the refugee movement without working together with Turkey.

Germany cannot solve this problem on its own, only together, in Europe, and through a fair distribution of tasks. Also worldwide.

That can only happen with the support of our transatlantic partners, the United States, as well as with Russia and the states of the region of the Middle East because of the dreadful situation in Syria.

We must now use this signal of unity to make progress with detailed questions.

We need to establish a European spirit again. I don't think threats are the right way to achieve agreement.

There was great agreement that we want to give shelter to those people who need shelter, and will do everything humanly possible to do so. On the other hand, we were also clear that those who have no prospect of staying, cannot stay in our country.

Unfortunately, we are a long way from that, and we believe that something must change.

What we are experiencing now is something that will keep us busy and change our country in coming years. We want that change to be positive, and we believe we can accomplish that.

We will have new elections in Greece and I am working on the assumption that Greece will fulfil its commitments.

It is our duty now, to – on the one hand – make sure, that peace is becoming a reality again in the respective regions, but against the background of our own history, it is also important to help those people, whose lives are threatened and to give them help and protection.

We have the highest number of refugees in the world now since the second world war. We in Europe have succeeded in living together in peace, and we have also made the peace process with the countries of the western Balkans irreversible.

You know, in Palestinian refugee camps, in Lebanon, there are thousands and thousands of people and if we say they can all come and they can all come from Africa, we can't manage that. So we are caught in this difficulty and the best thing we can do is avoid taking too long to reach a decision about deportation. But some will have to go back.

I think we found ways where it's true what I have repeatedly said, that the advantages clearly dominate disadvantages. The basic principles which we followed to rescue the euro are there, namely on the one side solidarity among member countries, and on the other side the responsibility of the country where changes need to take place.

The sequence of events is completely clear. Firstly, the long-term proposals and then the readiness to talk about the short-term mechanism which will be linked to prior actions.

We made it clear today that if the Greek government seeks more talks after the referendum we will, of course, not say 'no' to such negotiations.

Time is running short. Everybody at the European Council agreed that everything must be done on Saturday to find a solution. There's a decisive importance.

All participants in the discussion, including myself, said we would like Greece to stay in the eurozone. That what Greece put forward today is certainly progress, but within our discussion, we also noticed there is a lot of work that needs to be done and we are running out of time, and therefore we have to concentrate on this work.

The day after tomorrow there will be the opportunity to discuss it with the Greek prime minister in Brussels at the EU-Latin America summit. But all I can say is that every day counts now to get the necessary work done.

I think that we will send a united signal. Sanctions are not an end in themselves, but can be used when necessary. We always said that the extension or the suspension of such measures depends on the implementation of the Minsk agreements.

We do have one major principle in Europe. If a member state does have a need or a wish, then we will try to get together and talk about this wish. Although there a basic principles and a red line which is not to be crossed. This concerns [for example] the freedom of trade in Europe and the labour mobility.

We will announce at the conference in Paris that the global long-term goal is a reduction of at least 60 percent greenhouse gases compared to 2010. That would mean a global reduction of 50 percent compared to 1990. Yes, it is very ambitious. But we believe if we join forces we will be able to manage that.

I am very pleased that the Israeli president is visiting Germany to celebrate 50 years of diplomatic relations between Germany and Israel. In Germany, we believe the two-state solution is the way to achieve lasting peace in the region.

Because of the criminal annexation of Crimea which violated international law and the military clashes in eastern Ukraine, our mutual cooperation has suffered a serious setback – serious, because we see it as a violation of the principles of the common European peace. The lesson of history is that we have to try everything to solve conflicts – as difficult as they might seem – peacefully and in dialogue and that means diplomatically.

They all admonish us to never forget. No, we will never forget. We'll not forget for the sake of the victims, for our own sake, and for the sake of future generations.

This news touches me – as it probably will most people – and it goes beyond what we can imagine. The federal government and the German authorities will do their utmost to support the investigation. We owe this to all the people who lost their lives in this catastrophe on Tuesday, and to their families who are suffering so horribly.

Don't expect any solutions. Don't expect any break-through! decisions are not taken in this framework today – the decisions are made by the Eurogroup.

Ever since the programs for Greece started, it has been our aim and the aim of all EU-countries that use the euro currency, that Greece stays in the eurozone. The Greek people have made considerable sacrifices, and there has been progress.

As far as arms exports (to Ukraine) are concerned, I have laid out my position. But make no mistake: whatever happens, the alliance between the United States of America and Europe will be there.

The situation has become much more serious. But the attempt at diplomatic dialogue must continue.

Auschwitz concerns us all, today and tomorrow and not only on anniversaries.

As German Chancellor – regardless of whether I like the content – I have to ensure that anywhere in Germany people can take to the streets in demonstrations because it is a fundamental right.

For those refugees who are being persecuted or have fled war, there should be a fair distribution in Europe based on the economic strength, productivity and size of each country.

It is unbearable, when refugees homes are attacked, when people try to make radical speeches. All those who come to us have the right to be treated correctly, to have a proper asylum procedure. That's our rule of law and we are proud of it.

And we will not overcome those problems if we do not directly address them – and the CDU has always stood for that frankness.

It showed that we have the power to shape our destiny and make things better.

In the last few months, there has been a lot of activity in terms of Russian army exercises, but I am not acutely worried that a serious violation of airspace is taking place.

Germany wants to show support towards Lebanon with regards to the problems it is currently facing with the most difficult being of course the situation with its Syrian neighbour and the rising number of refugees.

The negotiations will not be easy and I can't say yet if there will be a result! Germany supports a binding reduction of CO2 emissions by 2030 by 40 percent.

Of course we will discuss economic issues, but also safe sea passage ways, and cooperation after big catastrophes such as Ebola.

German Unity is not possible without the peaceful revolution in the German Democratic Republic. Without the courage of the citizens of the German Democratic Republic without the reform pressure produced by them, there would have been no Fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9th 1989.

As far as I know, and in my view, these reforms are in the important sectors that ultimately decide on competitiveness.

We are seeing in a number of countries, for example in Spain, that reforms are making an impact and that they are strengthening the dynamics. But we have to take it very seriously when the (European) Commission rightly warns that backsliding on reforms is the biggest risk for further recovery.

We faced a choice, not to take any risks, not to deliver and to accept the spread of terror; or to support those who are desperately but couragesly fighting the atrocious terror of ISIL with limited resources.

I think that the decision in favour of Jean-Claude Juncker gives us a Commission President with a lot of European experience and one who will be taking into account both the wishes of individual member states and the parliament, as he himself has said a number of times in recent days.

We're not here to discuss what candidate we would choose but instead discuss the issues important to our citizens. But I have said that Jean-Claude Juncker is the candidate for the office of Commission President.

It turns out that the European People's Party with their top candidate Jean-Claude Juncker has become the strongest political force, and therefore he should become the president of the European Commission.

Jean-Claude Juncker is our top candidate for the presidency of the Commission and now we'll discuss in the Council, how to take up consultations with the parliament. We know that none of the party groups alone has a majority, therefore it will be important to find a wide majority.

Of course with regard to Jean-Claude Juncker's candidacy it has been said several times that the important thing is which of the parliamentary group's is strongest. But on the other hand we know that one group cannot decide on its own.

We consider the referendum scheduled for tomorrow illegitimate and we will focus on the national elections of May 25. We have decided, that the next two weeks are decisive in view of the preparation for this May 25 election, we need to make it clear to the Russian president that he has to send further de-escalations signals, in order to make this election possible.

I want to say that the government's policies have led to many people suffering, and were very hard for the government to implement, but now we can see Greece keeping its promises, fulfilling its obligations, and the budget situation is better than we could have wished for or expected.

An important contribution to our discussion was the dialogue on human rights, and naturally we spoke about it again today, and I made my point of view very clear: that broad and free expression of opinion is a very important element to promote a society's creativity, be it in research, culture or civil society.

Of course I will not comment on court decisions but I can say that the fact that Uli Hoeness has accepted the verdict the way he did merits a lot of respect.

Let me share some information with you on Ukraine. I have just had a conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin and we agreed that we shall do everything in order to avoid a further escalation of violence.

Only political dialogue can bring real progress. By saying political dialogue I mean a transition government, free elections. And whatever Germany, France and the EU can do, we will do.

It is no secret and I haven't changed my opinion, I am skeptical about Turkey being a full member of the European Union.

They are fighting for the same values that guide the European Union; that is why they must be listened to. As for the signing of the Association Agreement between the EU and Ukraine, the door is still open.

It's good that Ireland and Spain could exit the bailout programmes. The policy resulted in progress, but we are not out of the woods, yet. Therefore we have to make sure that such crises will never be repeated and that we make Europe and the euro zone resilient.

That means we need to eliminate the causes that have led to this situation in the European Union and eurozone through preventive policies.

His name stands for euro stability and I'm glad that he's continuing.

A grand coalition is a coalition for big tasks – and together we want to make sure that people are better off in the year 2017 even better off than today.

Nelson Mandela was convinced that hatred and revenge could not make the world a better place, rather only reconciliation and peaceful change. That is what he lived by and that is why he is a giant of history.

The spirit of this coalition agreement was always driven by the idea that Europe is of paramount importance, which is also reflected in the chapter about Europe. We need Europe, Germany can only be strong if Europe is, and the euro stands for our united Europe as our common currency.

Germany and France are not going to talk to the US as a combined team. Each country will have to get in touch with the American security authorities separately.

We reacted at European level – the interior ministers have established a task force together. The aim is to think about, what short-term steps can be taken in the Mediterranean area.

We can't accept, from whoever it might be, this systematic spying! We need collaboration between several European countries to put an end to this attitude!

I told him this in June, when he was in Berlin and also yesterday on the telephone. And I did so because of the citizens of Germany. It is not so much about me, but about all citizens. We need trust amongst allies and partners.

Since we are talking about the NSA, I have also always told the American president: 'There is no way of spying amongst friends.

We are open for talks of course, I made initial contact with the SPD chairman who – and I want to stress that I understand that – told me that he needs to wait for the SPD convention on Friday.

Personally I ask the German people to give me a strong mandate so I can serve Germany for four more years working for everybody, for a strong Germany, for a country which is respected in Europe and which helps Europe.

The stronger the mandate for me, the better I can create policies for Germany and represent our interests in Europe and also the world. I like my job and I'm asking you to vote for the CDU.

Every single vote counts. And if you want to make sure that there are no political experiments like red-red-green, then you must vote for the Christian Democratic party (CDU) or in Bavaria for our sister party the Christian Social Union (CSU).

We can simply tell the people in this country that we can achieve further progress. The work is of course not over yet, there are many worries, and many woes but we have shown we can do it, and that at a difficult time, during which we had one of Europe's biggest crises, that Germany is strong, Germany is a growth motor, Germany is an anchor for stability and I want to continue on this path and I think what we have shown really convinces people.

At the time when the camp was operating near here, those who wanted to could have seen and could have heard what was going on. It is today so important that it never happens again that we allow ourselves to decide not to see and not to hear.

We want to put ourselves under a bit of pressure because we know we've raised certain expectations with today's conference. It is very clear that we can't solve the problem overnight but we must make progress by the next time we meet.

The main thing here is about improving competitiveness. It is not about more and more pots of money.

This is an important step to be able to plan our expenditure, and really try to do something for growth. Most of all it is central decision to act against unemployment and youth unemployment.

It is a programme which is measured and centred. It wouldn't charge people anything extra, or charge the economy anything extra, because we think that by opening up areas of liberty and by motivating small and medium-sized companies and family companies as well as big ones, the chances of bringing in revenue are higher doing this than they'd be if we discouraged people by raising taxes.

If you look at the [austerity] programmes adopted in Spain, Italy, Greece, Portugal or in Ireland, you will notice that it's not just a question of budget consolidation. These are massive reforms that are completely changing these countries.

We will work towards ensuring that companies pay more where they are based. To achieve that, they must also join the fight against tax havens.

On behalf of the federal government, I can tell you that we have chosen to give immediate and unbureaucratic help. That is the first step, but we know of course, that the damage will amount to several billions (of euros).

The people have been very impressive, both those who are volunteers, and also those who organise it professionally.

If you have a look at the programmes, which we see in Spain, Italy, Greece, Portugal, and Ireland you'll notice that they don't merely focus on budget consolidation. They are massive structural reforms that profoundly change the countries; most of all in Greece, where it is all about the creation of a new tax-system, a new health-system and a completely new administration.

At last, there'll be an exchange of necessary tax data within the EU and, above all, there'll be negotiations with third countries. That is a huge step forward.

The European Central Bank is obviously in a difficult position. For Germany's circumstances it would actually have to raise rates slightly right now, but for other countries it would have to do even more to make more liquidity available, and especially for liquidity to reach corporate financing.

I regret, but respect, the decision by Cyprus lawmakers. Now we have to wait and see what alternative proposal Cyprus offers to the Troika.

We said: people who have their money in Cyprus' banks have to contribute to saving Cyprus. So everyone who has more than 100,000 euros in his or her account will be taxed by almost 10 percent, by 9.9 percent.

The fact that two (EU members) have changed their minds is not enough for 25 to follow suit.

On my side, I have made it very clear that for us there several things that are very important. One is that the line for dialogue is always open to all political forces in Egypt, that the different political forces can make their contribution. Another is that human rights are adhered to in Egypt.

When we talk about pushing for your own interests then of course every member country in the European Union has its own interests but Europe means that you must find fair compromises. Within this framework we are prepared to talk about British wishes, but we must always bear in mind that other countries have different wishes and we must find a fair compromise.

We have a fiscal pact, yes we have a pact for growth, but we're not at the end of the road. That's why i'm very grateful that we have agreed to make proposals for closer economic collaboration in May.

The CDU in Lower Saxony – I see the same on a Federal level – said their work was successful and we want that to go on. I'm certain that in the next two weeks we will get that message over. As for the polls – while recognising that polls don't decide elections but votes do – you can see I'm very optimistic we'll be successful.

We have lot of things to do. Of course banking supervision (is one of them) so that it can start working in 2014. And most of all the coordination of economic policies in order to strengthen the competitiveness of the eurozone.

We have agreed to disagree: But this does not alter the fact that of course we share the same views concerning the big questions, like those I mentioned with regard to security. On this one point, however, our opinions differ. Israel will decide, Israel is a sovereign country.

The CDU-led government is the most successful German government since reunification, because we have the lowest jobless rate since 1990 and the highest employment ever. We have created work and security for millions of people and families.

A satirical programme has really said what I feel in my heart when they said: Maybe God created the liberal-democrats only to test us and make our lives complicated.

I will do everything I can to keep Britain in the EU as a good partner.

… Whether it was necessary to send two girls to (prison) camp, I don't know, but in Germany that would not be the case. And that's not against Russia, it's just my opinion?

It is important to do things in the right order, and to have reliability for those who are watching the changes we make.

You can say all kinds of things about Greece, but there's also a lot of movement there. It has been slower than we might have liked, maybe not as efficiently as we might have liked, but overall, there is a change in the way of thinking.

We agreed that we need to complement the hard austerity measures, that demand so much from the people, with a growth stimulus. Therefore, we will support everything that is possible in order to give Greece access to credits from the European Investment Bank.

I will once again quote the president of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi and this is also my conviction that a banking licence for the ESM is not compatible with EU treaties.

I want Greece to remain part of the eurozone. That concept guides me and it guides our mutual talks and negotiations, because we know: the euro isn't just a currency. It is the idea of a unified and irreversible Europe. That's why a common will (to resolve the crisis) is necessary.

What Mr Draghi said is something that we've repeated time and again since the beginning of the Greek difficulties more than two years ago. We feel committed to do everything we can to maintain the common currency.

Today Germany, with the approval of the fiscal pact and the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) by all parties in both houses of parliament, will send an important signal, a signal of unity and of determination, a signal that we are overcoming the European debt crisis in a sustainable way.

We have stuck with our existing pattern of giving, taking in return, setting conditions and maintaining control. That is why I think we have done something important, but we stayed faithful to our philosophy, you don't get something for nothing.

There are no quick or easy solutions. There is no magic formula with which the debt crisis can be overcome once and for all.

But we also know that Germany's strength is limited. Therefore we have the responsibility, as the strongest economy in Europe, to assess our strength credibly.

We do want Europe, we do want more Europe. But I want a Europe in which it is always made certain that joint liability and joint control are always connected. It cannot be that liability is common and control is left to individual nations.

Those who are together in monetary union will have to get closer. We have to stay open, to keep it possible for all to join, but we must not remain immobile because one country or another does not want to follow yet.

We will discuss to what degree one has to bring systemically relevant banks under specific European supervision to keep national interests from playing too large a role.

We need more Europe in the Eurozone, not less Europe. Part of that is also that European institutions like the Commission having more possibilities for control, otherwise a monetary union cannot work. The fiscal pact is a first step but it's not enough.

It makes no sense to paper over everything with eurobonds, or similar instruments which may well seem to bring closer solidarity, only to end up with Europe in an even more difficult situation than we are in today.

We want Greece to stay in the euro, but we insist that it keep to commitments that it has agreed to, that the memorandum of understanding be fulfilled.

The only sustainable path is to accept that getting over the crisis is a long, strenuous process which will only succeed if we tackle the causes of the crisis – which are the horrendous debt and the lack of competitiveness of some euro zone states.

We in Germany are of the opinion, and that includes myself personally, that the stability pact cannot be renegotiated. Twenty-five countries have signed it, Greece and Portugal ratified it and Ireland is preparing for a referendum on it. I think the pact is right.

We must improve our growth and competitiveness in a world that has changed a lot, where competitors outside Europe become stronger and stronger.

It's very important for the Afghan people to know that we won't leave them completely on their own when we withdraw. We will continue the reconstruction of Afghanistan, we will continue training and I think this is a very important message.

This is an important step. We have shown here that we are able to stabilise the European Union. We have made a major breakthrough, which provides the chance for more political union.

The government is prepared to pay the German share into the European Stability Mechanism faster than initially planned… But a precondition is that the other member states also go along.

We are checking now to see if this voluntary debt-restructuring – which is something new for all of us and which is a very important step for Greece – is working out and after that we hope that the second tranche for Greece can be approved, of course under the condition that Greece fulfils its obligations.

The Arab League has taken a very firm stand regarding the situation in Syria and has clearly condemned the human rights violations perpetrated by the Assad government. The European Union is strongly supporting the Arab League in its very firm stand and is going to come up with an enhancement of sanctions against Syria.

I support, as the French president does, the idea that the necessary interest payments for the debt be paid into a separate account so that it can be sure that Greece has the money available at all times.

Proposals are going to be discussed. Germany is committed to doing everything to lower youth unemployment, which is very high in certain countries, notably in Spain. Youth unemployment is too high across Europe.

It confirms my conviction that we in Europe still have a long road ahead of us before the confidence of investors is restored. We are now called upon to implement the fiscal pact quickly and decisively – without trying to water it down everywhere.

I personally will support it; if we don't succeed in convincing the 27, which would be better anyway -the proposal of the EU Commission is already aiming at the 27 – then we have to think about what we can do. Germany and France both think that a financial transaction tax is the right answer.

It's important to implement joint border controls and we are not interested in having parallel Serb structures in Kosovo. I think it's always best to look for direct talks with the respective partners of dialogue.

It is beyond doubt for me that Great Britain will in future continue to be an important partner in the European Union.

Yesterday it was necessary to avoid making a bad compromise for the euro. We succeeded. Everybody will see that we learned from past mistakes, that we showcased credibility and that, therefore, European institutions, for instance the Commission and the Court of Justice, will have greater influence and greater powers to get nations to behave more responsibly when it comes to fiscal matters.

Many are worried about if they can rely upon us. So it is of utmost importance for the Council to re-establish some of this reliability on Thursday and Friday, and to strengthen the commitments in our consultations.

We are against Eurobonds. And there will be a meeting every month of the Eurogroup and all those who are interested, to increase our competitiveness and to boost the economy.

We wish lots of success to the new Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti for his work, which is not easy. He has our full support and we will be there whenever he needs it.

I find it extraordinarily inappropriate that the European Commission today focuses on eurobonds, in different varieties, giving the impression that the debt burden can be shared and that we can get rid of the errors in the structure of the European currency. That's exactly what will not work.

We must give ourselves a good chance of success because we don't want the Constitutional Court to rule out such a move. That would strengthen the NPD.

We want automatic sanction mechanisms, the possibility for effective measures if someone infringes the Stability and Growth Pact. For us, this means that we need to further develop the structure of the European Union. This does not mean less Europe, it means more Europe.

Terrorism in the form of right wing extremism is a disgrace, and shameful for Germany and we will do everything to clarify things and to see justice is served.

With this project we show – in the presence of so many representatives from European countries – that we are going to rely on a secure and resilient partnership with Russia in the future.

I will go to the G20 in Cannes next week and by then we will have succeeded in developing a programme of restructuring for the world's big banking system. But the future of the Euro will be a result of the right structural changes.

I think that we Europeans have shown tonight that we came to the right conclusions. We identified and named the reasons for the crisis and brought the problems a step more towards a solution.

These sovereign debts have been built up over decades and therefore one cannot resolve them with one summit but it will take difficult, long-term work.

But we need common criteria. I think it is urgent and that's why it should be decided rapidly.

I am convinced that the measures step by step will help to overcome the crisis. But that will only happen when these steps follow one another and as long as there is no search for ONE solution, like the buzz word 'eurobonds'. I think they are absolutely wrong.

Everything we do must be carefully considered, we must be sure of the outcome, otherwise we can quickly get into a situation in the eurozone that we don't want to be in and will have very serious consequences.

I think all of us want to and will find a way forward that is acceptable to all partners but also answers the concerns voiced by Finland. We have experts working on it.

What kind of behaviour is this? People's lives are being put at risk in cold blood.

Our proposals are aimed at regaining the confidence of the markets through our actions.We are convinced that by permanent action and thanks to in-depth work, we will be able to regain this confidence.

And, in this context, people say the last resort is euro bonds. I firmly believe that Europe does not need a last resort. I also don't believe that we can solve our problems by waving a magic wand.

We are a country which at the beginning of the 1960s brought guest workers to Germany. And now they live with us, and we lied to ourselves for a while, saying that they wouldn't stay and one day they would be gone. That's not the reality. Of course, the multicultural approach… that we live here side by side and we're happy about each other… this approach has failed, utterly failed.

This package is meant to strengthen and protect our common currency. It is unprecedented in the history of the euro and the European Union and we are protecting our currency during what is an extraordinary situation. And, to our citizens, let me put it this way: we are protecting the money of the people of Germany.

I think it is the path which will help Greece enjoy a good future and encourage sustainable finances and make debt reduction possible, but will also help Greece back to growth.

And now let us, of course, try to collect a substantial contribution – on a voluntary basis – from private creditors. But you don't do that out in the streets, or in press conferences, you do that decently by talks with all those who can contribute to this bailout plan.

The main principal is a voluntary participation from the banks. That's an important message for the banks because there are worries that we're starting a credit crisis and we don't want to take that risk.

This path is a big challenge for Germany but it also means huge opportunities for future generations. We believe that our country can become a front-runner for the creation of renewable energy.

The work of the ethics commission has shown that our energy system has to be fundamentally changed and can be fundamentally changed. We want the electricity of the future to be safer and at the same time, reliable and viable.

I have always said, without this being a confirmation of her candidacy, that the French finance minister is a first-class, experienced person.

We cannot have a (common) currency and one person gets lots of holiday and another very little. That doesn't work in the long term.

We lost our majority there and that's painful. It's a deep wound in the history of Baden-Wuerttemberg and also in the history of the CDU. The pain from this loss won't go away in just one day. We'll have to work for a long time to overcome the pain from this defeat, together with our friends in Baden-Wuerttemberg.

Where Portugal is concerned, it's like this, and I've already said it several times: not only the government but the opposition as well must be clear about the deficit reduction goals from now to 2013, and also about how they propose to achieve those objectives.

This is a moratorium and it stands for three months. What this means for individual power plants, well we are talking about that with the operating companies.

We have, of course, also discussed ways of improving the Stability and Growth Pact. And we both totally agree that this has to be implemented rapidly.

In the last couple of months I have often pointed out that if the euro fails Europe will fail. It is all about Europe, and so Germany supports the euro, but it is obvious that we need more solidarity and at the same time the desire to measure ourselves against the best in order to increase our capacity to compete.

I'm telling you, everything is at stake, if the euro fails, then Europe will fail. And with it fails the idea of European values and unity.

The disappointment about the start of the Christian Democrat-Liberal coalition government is all the more serious because for 11 years, we waited, we fought, we hoped and we worked toward it.

We know that a lot of people are very sceptical and critical about nuclear energy and we do take these worries seriously. Because of that we propose using nuclear energy as a bridge technology, that is we won't use it for longer than is necessary.

Today, we have a little over three million jobless. Next year, there will be fewer than three million without a job. Whoever accuses us of massive social cutbacks is lying.

What distinguishes us in Germany, as in Europe, is our handling of our diversity, of our freedom and the freedom of others.

We don't have to have stress tests where we torment ourselves with totally unrealistic scenarios. The euro is embedded in a large rescue package at the moment. If we had done these stress tests on the banks before the rescue package, we would of course had to act differently.

Germany and France agree that those responsible for the financial crisis must also pay.

That is something that seems to be important to us, because we need here treaties with teeth in order to enforce a culture of stability and growth.

I do believe that it is important that we as large industrialised nations…cooperate closely in this time of a worldwide economic and financial crisis.

I'll boil it down: The euro, the foundation for growth and prosperity, along with the common market, is in danger.

The euro along with the domestic market is the basis for growth and prosperity in Germany, and the euro is in danger. The currency union is a common destiny. We are therefore dealing with no more and no less than the preservation of the European ideal, which is being sorely tested.

If you look at the spread from Thursday or Friday you see we are facing a development that is not good in several countries, not just one country, and we decided to combat this serious situation with according measures.

We hope the talks may be concluded in the next few days. Germany will make its decisions based on this. This is about the stability of the eurozone overall and we will not shy away from this responsibility.

As we see in the euro area right now, the admission of Greece in 2000 was not based on sustainable factors. And this is what we realize right now in this difficult crisis.

Because only if this programme is sustainable will we have a chance to ensure the stability of the Euro permanently.

It's important that Greece prove it will take the necessary steps to get back its economic and financial strength in the longer term. It won't take just one year; the IMF usually agrees on three-year programs.

A judgment by the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund should make clear that it is all about the stability of the eurozone, meaning the euro.

Let me say that it is impossible today to get a clear picture about the amount and the true figures of the financial aid, because the negotiations are still ongoing.

The international community has pledged to work together in Afghanistan, that can only be ended by mutual agreement. I am convinced that to do otherwise would have consequences far more devastating than the attacks of September 11, 2001.

On one hand, the members of the euro zone are preserving the euro's stability, while on the other hand it's a sign of solidarity. The euro's stability and solidarity, therefore, are two sides of the same coin.

A good European is not necessarily one who offers help quickly, [but one that] respects the European treaties and national rights so that the stability of the euro zone is not damaged.

Wolfgang Schaeuble (Germany's finance minister) made proposals so that the IMF (International Monetary Fund) would not have to be called in. In the future, she said, we need a clause in the treaty that would make it possible, as a last-resort, to exclude a country from the euro zone if the conditions are not fulfilled again and again over the long term. Otherwise cooperation is impossible.

I think that the stronger the internal obligations of each country in the euro zone and in other European members are, the stronger is the signal to the markets that speculation doesn't have a chance.

We have a [European] treaty under which there is no possibility of paying to bailout states in difficulty. That means we can only help Greece for the moment by supporting Greece in getting its affairs in order.

We've made a very political statement. The European Union supports Greece. But at the same time, and this in my view is essential, Greece must fulfill its budgetary commitments, and I believe that would be an extremely important signal.

We agreed that this is a project of strategic significance and that everything should be done to find a solution.

Just like any reasonable person, I am in favour of punishing tax evasion. In order to do this, everything should be done to get hold of the data.

We are convinced that we cannot reconstruct without security, but on the other hand without reconstruction we cannot have security in Afghanistan. That's why the federal government's concept is planned in a certain way, with different cornerstones: civil reconstruction, training and military deployment.

Freedom doesn't create itself; freedom has to be fought for; freedom must always be defended. What is freedom? The most vulnerable value of our political and social order.

We have the courage and the clear intention, as the centre coalition to take Germany forward and to make Germany a country of solidarity through growth and education.

On the 9th of November, the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, I would like to welcome European leaders and other guests with a new government.

I want to be everyone's Chancellor, for our country to do better, especially in this crisis.

We have succeeded and reached the goal that we fixed ourselves. We've reached our goal – a stable majority in Germany, with a new government between the CDU and FDP, and it feels great.

And so it will be useful – even late in the evening and tomorrow – to talk to every neighbour, friend and acquaintance and ask: will you go? what will you do?

Pittsburgh will be decisive in determining whether the subject of financial market regulation continues to be a central issue.

Every financial market product, every institution, and every financial marketplace should be subject to regulation, and as a whole it must be a coherent move internationally.

There are concrete results which we, and especially I, expect from Pittsburgh – and we MUST have them in order to make Pittsburgh a success. We need to reach a consensus regarding the regulations on remuneration. This was not adequately discussed in London. And I am talking explicitly about the bonuses.

In a free world you can't impose limits on the size of cars and you can't standardise them. Consumers must have free choice on what they buy. And moreover, if there were no manufacturers of big cars, innovation in the production of smaller cars wouldn't advanced so quickly.

I believe that at the heart of the next legislative term will be the need to create jobs quickly, by generating growth, and we can do that better with the FDP because we have more in common with them.

Afghanistan is in a period of transition, and we have to get the Afghan security forces up to speed as quickly as possible. We need to discuss that with the Afghans and with the international community, and we must push Afghanistan to take control of its own destiny.

The past has been good and you won't change my mind about the fact that we have got a lot done. But I think for a democracy it's good when grand coalitions don't become the norm.

It is important, and that is both our intention, to raise the pressure on the Afghan side to realise that they will have to take over responsibility step by step. This goes for the country's administration, the jurisdiction and the architecture of the country's security.

Our plan is to prepare the Afghan government, over the coming transition period, to take on an increasing number of responsibilities itself.

Now the time is up for the present government, now the country needs a new government. And I tell you: this country needs a government by the Christian Democrats and the Liberals.

This opportunity must not be missed, because in several financial centres around the world we are noting – to the surprise of many people – that those banks which have recovered are behaving just like they did in times before the financial crisis, and this must not repeat itself.

I've made clear once again that we strongly condemn this, just as the Russian side does. I know that the president takes the human rights matter seriously. I think it is very important, and in our common interest, that non-governmental organisations should be able to work in Russia.

Even if you only get one centime of a pay rise it should be going in your pocket, and not to the finance minstry. We can only do that with an innovative and solid bugetary policy.

I call upon the Iranian leaders to allow peaceful demonstration, freedom of media reporting, to refrain from using force against demonstrators and to free opponents in detention.

This is very sad news and we condemn these acts in the strongest terms. Our thoughts are with the families of the victims. The foreign ministry crisis centre is trying to get news of the other hostages, but there is no concrete information yet.

France and Germany support the candidacy of Jose Manuel Barroso. But we must also talk about his programme. We believe this has to be very closely coordinated with the parliament.

I have expressed my support for Jose Manuel Barroso this morning. That will natuarally not change. That will be the case in the days to come, therefore I'm talking about continuity.

I think this is going to become a European structure within which everyone will find something for them. Of course, it's a highly unusual construction as the German government has led talks with the American government, but with the goal that this becomes a European structure under the leadership of Adam Opel, and that is what is important.

I trust the Irish people. They will choose Europe. As decided by the 27 member states last December, the treaty should become effective by the end of this year, and I'm sure we will make it!

The German interest lies in having the separation and legal aspects done before that. Because of these issues, Opel is in a special situation: even if an investor is found and says 'I want it' it wouldn't be legally possible in such a short period of time because the paperwork will take quite a long time to sort out.

Even as we are about to vote, many think the act of voting doesn't mean much, however think again – this is about our future. This is about which political ideas win the day and will be broadcast throughout Europe so that we will be able to talk with one voice in the rest of the world.

It is very, very important that we don't forget this chapter of the East German dictatorship. We must encourage people again and again to talk about what really happened back then.

I believe a close relationship between the European Union and the Muslim world – especially Turkey – is in all our interests. How this is implemented – for example with a privileged partnership or full membership – that's an issue we're still debating.

This is an historic opportunity afforded us to give capitalism a conscience, because capitalism has lost its conscience and we have to seize this opportunity.

This is a golden opportunity, and we have to do a very thorough job. Regulations we don't agree to here won't be agreed on for the next five years.

We need somebody here in Germany who feels committed to Opel and who gets the freedom from General Motors to negotiate in the name of Opel Europe.

And we see that pressue alone of drawing up a list of tax havens has already yielded important initil results. Yesterday Lichtenstien, Switzerland, Austria and Luxembourg took an important step towards greater transparency.

Our positions are absolutely identical, that is to bring about Washington's action plan, to introduce regulation and transparency in financial markets, to reinforce international institutions and do all we can to make sure a crisis like this never happens again.

I am horrified, and shocked by what has happened at Albertville school, like everyone in Germany. It's a day of mourning for the whole of Germany. Our thoughts are with the families and family members. We're thinking of them and praying for them.

We think we should get the restructuring plan from Opel and General Motors within the next few days in order to discuss it with the different German states where Opel has factories. The economy minister has made the necessary preparations. We are aware of the worries the Opel workers have.

We have to develop a mechanism of sanctions against those who are not cooperating whether it be tax havens or areas where non transparent deals are made.

We want to safeguard work for everyone and build bridges to the future by investing for example in education, by securing part-time work, by getting more employees qualified and investing in new technology.

Mr. zu Guttenberg has had alot of international experience and I think that this will go a long way in helping him in the fight against the global financial crisis. I am sure that his work will be excellent and for this he has my complete trust and support.

The Pope and the Vatican must make it unambiguously clear that there can be no denial of the Holocaust and that of course there must be positive interaction with Judaism as a whole. From my point of view, so far there hasn't been any sufficient clarification.

With this package we underline the size and importance of the world economic crisis. But equally, it shows our determination to overcome the problems ahead.

I consider this as a starting point for very close cooperation between all the leading actors in our society, to make us stronger and more resilient in the face of this crisis, and above all to protect jobs.

The centre, this is the strength of Germany. The centre, that is us. And that is why 2009 will be our year.

2009 will be a year of bad news, but we can use it to build a bridge to 2010 which should be much better. That is my government's view, and that of the majority of this parliament.

It's obvious that every country has to make an effort in a coordinated way, one that will give a European economic response to this crisis. We have a common market. We have a common growth strategy. It would be fatal if, in a period of no growth, there wasn't a European response.

Right now, we're living in times when it's very difficult to correctly predict the economic situation. However, it seems to me that there's not a big difference between our two forecasts. The 0.2 percent is certainly within the statistical margin of error.

Xenophobia, racism and anti-Semitism must not be given a chance in Europe and outside of Europe's borders, not only in the Arab sphere, but also in other parts of the world. Ladies and gentlemen, let's make note of the lessons learned from history and say: we must not remain silent.

The measures that we will take, won't be a European Fund, but co-ordinated action by European member states and the international community, which are also important partners for the eurozone countries. Our action will be like a toolkit whereby each country will be able to use the different tools to resolve the crisis.

The federal governmet will not allow the problems of one single financial institution to become the problem of the whole financial sytem. Therefore urgent discussions are taking place to secure Hypo Real Estate. Furthermore we declare that those, who are responsible for these irresponsible actions, will be called to account.

Apparently the CSU did not succeed in gaining people's trust, in strengthening people's trust in an absolute majority, that means in a government formed only by the CSU. If we look into the future for us that means that, regarding the parliamentary election, first and foremost we have to deal with the subjects of the economy, work, education and integration. The CDU and CSU will discuss these matters together.

We have applied the European Court of Justice's verdict, we have taken into account their decisions, but we continue to consider that at a time of important decision making in the company, the blocking minority must continue.

Not only in my opinion, but I think in all of our opinions, this contradicts the principle of territorial integritiy, which is an international right, and that is why it is absolutely unacceptable.

The signings occurred yesterday and in this respect I expect a quick withdrawal of the Russian troops, which unfortunately, according to my information, has until now still not been implemented as we expected it.

I made it clear that, first of all, it is always very sad if there are victims and in this case there are so many victims. Secondly, I said that even if I take the Russian version of events into account, I considered some of the Russian actions not to be reasonable, in particular the presence of the Russian troops in the core regions of Georgia.

We name this child 'the Union for the Mediterranean,' a project of the European Union's 27 members.

I'm saying this for Germany, and I've heard it from the Polish side, we need this Lisbon treaty to be able to work and to be able to enlarge the European Union.

It is my great pleasure that young people growing up today will experience European unity, something their parents and grandparents could only dream about. These borders have brought much sorrow.

The aims we agree upon in Europe have to be fair, when it comes to the point that we want to reach an average of 120 grams of CO Two per kilometre by 2012 the German automobile industry will have my support to fairly distribute it among the different car size segments.

Our political responsibility is to do something for the workers. We managed to do that in a way that now both sides are winners. France and Germany both have lots of people here. And their jobs depend on what happens at Airbus.

This reform treaty takes due notice of European voters' concerns about a loss of countries' identities in the face of a super-state. I do not share this apprehension but I have respected it. This is why we decided to remove from the treaty allusions to symbols which reflect a supposed super-state.

I am sure it can be subject to some criticism but what counts for me, what counts for us is that we are moving out of stoppage, out of reflection, we have began to create the conditions for a new treaty.

I think it is clear that there are more possibilities than problems and I cannot imagine that the problem of one member state will stand as insolvable and all the others wash their hands.

What we want is a stronger co-operation with the African countries building on that within the institutional frameworks where we can control to what degree promises have been followed through on. And the African countries made it clear that Africa also has a responsibility within the framework of the UN Millennium goals of halving poverty by 2015. So it's not a one-way street, but it is an intensive process.

The United States did not ratify it; Canada has declared they will not be able to make it. And we can not go on this way after 2012. With our different partners we try to find as many common points as possible and with Japan we took a good step forward.

There is a common understanding that we have a problem and a solution must be found. Certainly, there are different approaches for solving this, but together we have a range of possibilities. Among them is the US engagement to develop a 20 percent bio-fuel energy mix by 2020.

The withdrawal of Soviet troops from Germany took place during the presidency of Boris Yeltsin, and for that he will always be in our memory, as a very good friend.

I repeat that Britain has the full solidarity of the European Union on this issue. We demand the immediate release of the 15 soldiers.

Everyone knows the situation won't be resolved by pushing back institutional reform, and at the same time we're all agreed that the European Union such as it is today isn't sufficiently reactive.

I think that an inter-governmental conference shouldn't last too long, it should be short and concise and if the German presidency goes well, an inter-governmental conference could take place during the Portuguese Presidency.

It's important that renewable energy sources should really be renewable; a surge in technology and innovation should be made possible in Europe. Naturally, the characteristics of each Member State must be taken into account. The national traditions are different.

It is in the interest of Europe, the Member States and their citizens to bring the constitutional process to term by the next European Parliament elections in mid-2009. A failure would be a historic error.

The phase of reflection is behind us. Now it is time to take decisions, by June. I pledge, by the end of the German presidency, to bring about a decision on a roadmap to pursue the constitutional process. Failure there would be a historic blunder.

This situation leads us to the conclusion that we can only achieve security in the energy sector with a high degree of diversification. We need a mixture of energy sources in Germany and must not be too dependent on individual suppliers.

Saddam Hussein has been condemned by an Iraqi court and this execution has been carried out. We respect the decision but it is known that the German government is opposed to capital punishment.

It involves Ukraine, countries around the Black Sea and indeed others. That is why we need to have policies that are attractive to our neighbours. That way, we can bring the EU closer to countries that can't become members.

We don't want an ultimatum, but on the Member States' side we would like to ground ourselves in the European Commission's reports. These tell us what has been attained and if we can go forward between autumn next year and spring of 2009.

The measures agreed will improve the health system, by offering patients more choice and greater transparency.

If member states of the European Union want to cooperate, they need free-up trade relations including access to ports and airports. We have a Finnish proposal on the table now, and I have heard with interest that this proposal is being welcomed by Turkey, too.

I think the cancellation was a mistake. I don't think self-censorship helps us against people who want to practise violence in the name of Islam.

We discussed how any cooperation, especially cooperation in the field of energy, can be structured. I believe it must be based on the fact that we are reliable partners, and that there is an interest in common advantages, that's what you call a 'win-win-option.

We will be taking positions between two fronts where we will always be a focal point.

This decision was made in view both of our particular responsibility for Israel's right to exist and for a solid solution for peace in the region.

We need a general standard for all of Germany, even though this falls under the individual jurisdiction of the federal states. You cannot simply act locally.

The offer remains but prudence must be the priority.

If Iran's political leaders do not accept the incentives we have made, we will have to discuss further steps. We will not close the door but we also cannot behave like nothing happened.

The weekend showed that the ceasefire situation is very fragile. This fragility cannot be tested too much.

We can't imagine offering a participation of ground troops, However, there are things where we can contribute if asked: logistical support, air transport, surveillance.

It has also been decided to support Lebanon's reconstruction with money from a donor conference.

This station with its glass, its 5 stories and its shops, open and open to the world, represents a symbol for Berlin and for our country, the federal republic of Germany.

I am deeply convinced that it is absolutely vital to maintain the process of European integration, otherwise it will most likely lead to steps in reverse, with results we, of course, do not want.

The plans also include the setting up of a national, yearly, IT summit, to give the German sector a real boost.

Right now it is important that we do everything possible to keep the wild birds away from the farm poultry and the good news is that so far there has been no infection of farm poultry.

I understand that religious sensibilities have been affected, and that should be expressed, but violence will only ever be a form of confrontation.

We have been talking about energy politics. Especially about the Baltic pipeline. Thankfully this project threatens no-one.

We have our differences, notably on the Guantanamo subject. We talked about many things but what is good is that we have a relationship in which we can talk about all the problems openly.

I think we will have to make a decision in the coming years: Is the big fight the one between Boeing and Airbus or is the important question: how do we use our common values in contact with China? On all of these questions we should have open and straight forward discussion.

With these measures, we are remaining faithful to our coalition agreement, that's to say supporting a programme of investment, overhaul, and reform. We're doing things that will work quickly.

We won't give up hope until all the missing have been found or recovered.

I'd like to say to the public that we have to fulfil the electors' decision, and that means that we shall have hard negotiations on our country's problems, but I'm determined to make the way for a grand coalition possible.

It is a wonderful day for me, because we have taken lots of small stones and built a wonderful edifice. We have reconsecrated a church which breathes confidence.

There are issues that still need to be worked out and no final result will emerge before Sunday.

That is irresponsible foreign policy which we won't go along with.

Germany is at a crossroads. It can continue along the same path or it can turn towards a new beginning with us.

Insulting voters is wrong, and it's the last thing we need. Germany must not be divided. We can only be successful if we stand united.

We have to take the difficult route- increasing VAT- because we have to achieve our aim to 'make way for employment.' We have to reduce work-related costs and we will do so in this way.

Our theme is 'make way for work.' We believe that only by creating jobs can we create growth.

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