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We want to continue good relations with Britain, while maintaining the advantages of the single market for ourselves.feedback
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We have to find answers now ... We have problems to solve at the European level.feedback

Apart from all the criticism we currently have for Turkey, they did a lot for the 3 million refugees and it's right that Europe would assist Turkey in this matter.feedback

We had done too little in the past, that is why we took in refugees – because it was the right thing to do.feedback

In an increasingly unstable world, that collaboration is more, not less, important for us all. I want the UK's new relationship with the EU to ensure that – whether it comes to exchanging the information our security services need, or working together to protect Europe's borders – we have the closest possible relationship.feedback

The European Union is a historically unique success story. It remains one even after Britain's withdrawal. We will take care of that.feedback

For many people in Europe, Great Britain's intended departure from the EU is connected to very concrete worries about their own personal future. This goes especially for many Germans and European citizens living in Great Britain. Therefore, the German government will work intensively to make sure the effect on the everyday lives of those people is as small as possible.feedback

Maybe I've just become more hardened. The exposure to so many extreme situations tends to harden a person. You have to develop survival strategies.feedback

The negotiations must first clarify how we will disentangle our interlinked relationship.feedback

In order to maintain Europe in the long term, but above all to strengthen Europe in the long term, we must preserve and defend the achievements of European integration.feedback

It is one result on a long path. We have our feet well enough on the ground to know that all the problems for 2017 are not solved with this.feedback

This time, every vote really counts.feedback

We don't want the clocks to go back on Sunday; we want the clocks to be put forward.feedback

We will, in the future, have to concern ourselves above all with the issue of jobs.feedback

The Europe of different speeds does not in any way mean that it is not a common Europe.feedback

As before, I see no reasonable alternative to the goal of a two-state solution. Both the Israeli and the Palestinian people have the right to live in peace and security and none of the other options can deliver that credibly. I am very concerned about developments in the West Bank, which are leading to an erosion of the basis for a two-state solution.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

It makes absolutely no difference whether the notification comes one day earlier, or three or seven days afterward.feedback

Not a single NATO member state pays its entire defense budget into NATO.feedback

It is our obligation to explain to our citizens that the state is offering them the options of making use of digital potentials that we will empower them to do that. The task for us is to push digitization and move it forward and to explain to our people what value add is in all of that.feedback

It's very good that Japan says we want a free trade agreement ... Germany would love to be a propelling driver behind the agreement coming into being. We do want open markets … we certainly don't want any barriers … we want to link our societies with one another and let them deal fairly with one another and that is what free trade is all about.feedback

Decision making in the EU is sluggish … it's not a blame game and I get often it's the individual member states … Often they can't agree.feedback

When we help people in their home countries to live a better life and thereby prevent crises, this is also a contribution to security. So I will not be drawn into a debate about who is more military-minded and who is less.feedback

The "success of Germans has always been one where the German success is one side of the coin and the other side of the coin has been European unity and European integration. That's something of which I'm deeply convinced.feedback

That is the spirit I think in which we ought to be guided in negotiating any agreement between the United States of America and the EU.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

The other option is we sue (Trump) at the WTO.feedback

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.feedback

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

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.feedback

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

I stand by a free and independent press and have great respect for journalists.feedback

The United States of America is a key trading partner for Germany and for the entire European Union. Trade is advantageous for both sides and I'm looking forward to the chance to speak to the newly elected American president about these issues. I believe that direct, one-on-one conversations are always much better than talking about each other. Talking together instead about each other - that'll be my slogan for this visit, which I'm really looking forward to.feedback

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.feedback

Talking with each other instead of talking about each other will be my motto for the visit, which I am very much looking forward to.feedback

Talking directly is always much better than talking about each other. That will be my motto on this visit, which I am looking forward to. 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. Precisely because the nature of the trans-Atlantic relationship has changed, Europe has decided to take more responsibility in the future, both in our own neighborhood and beyond.feedback

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. Precisely because the nature of the trans-Atlantic relationship has changed, Europe has decided to take more responsibility in the future, both in our own neighborhood and beyond.feedback

This rejection also fully applies, of course, to friendly countries such as the Netherlands. Especially with respect to the Netherlands, which suffered under National Socialism, that is completely unacceptable. And that is why the Netherlands has my full support and solidarity.feedback

I have made it clear once again that the fight against terrorism does not justify a general advance against certain countries and people with a certain belief.feedback

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.feedback

We will see how things develop. I hope that we can return to sensible cooperation.feedback

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.feedback

I see his re-election as a sign of stability for the entire European Union and I look forward to continuing working with him.feedback

I see the re-election of Donald Tusk as a sign of stability for the entire EU.feedback

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.feedback

We want to do everything in order to prevent conflicts emanating from the domestic situation in Turkey from being carried into our coexistence here. Let us continue, wherever possible, to promote and further improve our way of living together. This is a matter close to our hearts.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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

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

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

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

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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

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.feedback

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.feedback

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

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.feedback

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

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.feedback

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

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.feedback

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

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.feedback

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

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

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.feedback

There are also international risks. We see protectionist tendencies.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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

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.feedback

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.feedback

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

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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

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.feedback

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

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.feedback

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

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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

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

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.feedback

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.feedback

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

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

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

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

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

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.feedback

That was and is our, and my, declared political aim.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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

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.feedback

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

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.feedback

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

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.feedback

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

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

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

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.feedback

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

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

We accept that, and we are waiting for this application.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

It's a tough rule: Eight years and that's it.feedback

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.feedback

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

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.feedback

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

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

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

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

That will be the basis on which we lead the negotiations.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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

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

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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

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

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

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.feedback

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.feedback

(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.feedback

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.feedback

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

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.feedback

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.feedback

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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

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

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

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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

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.feedback

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

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.feedback

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.feedback

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

We didn't embrace the problem in an appropriate way.feedback

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.feedback

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

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.feedback

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

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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

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.feedback

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

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.feedback

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

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

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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

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

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.feedback

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

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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

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

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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

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

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

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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

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.feedback

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

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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

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.feedback

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

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

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.feedback

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.feedback

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

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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

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.feedback

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

In part, the refugee flow has been used to smuggle terrorists.feedback

We need structural reforms, we need solid finances.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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

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.feedback

We will do what we can so that Britain can stay.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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

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.feedback

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

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

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.feedback

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

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.feedback

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

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

I know … Still, I want to stroke her.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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

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

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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

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

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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

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.feedback

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

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.feedback

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.feedback

Spying among friends is not at all acceptable.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

Our talks were in the spirit that we obviously respect it.feedback

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

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.feedback

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.feedback

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

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

I accept the election result and thank you for your trust.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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!feedback

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.feedback

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

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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).feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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).feedback