Sigmar Gabriel


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We can learn a lot about a person if we know what types of things he or she talks about or comments on the most frequently. There are numerous topics with which Sigmar Gabriel is associated, including Europeans and United States. Most recently, Sigmar Gabriel has been quoted saying: “Under no circumstances will we accept extra-territorial American sanctions on European companies.” in the article Trump's threat to Germany.
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Sep 23 2017 - United Nations

The motto 'Our Country First' not only leads to more national confrontations and less prosperity, in the end, there will only be losers. This worldview describes the world as an arena, a kind of battleground, in which everyone is fighting against everyone else and in which everyone has to assert their own interests, either alone or in alliances of convenience. In this worldview, the law of the strongest prevails, not the strength of the

Sep 22 2017

Pleading with people to abstain from participating in the parliamentary elections amounts to a capitulation of the Christian Democrats before the rightwing

Sep 22 2017

National egoism, I believe, is worthless as a regulatory principle for our world. The motto 'our country first' not only leads to more national confrontations and less prosperity, in the end there can only be

Sep 21 2017 - North Korea

We need more international cooperation and less national egoism, not the other way

Sep 21 2017

In Germany a rapist is brought to justice and if necessary imprisoned, no matter whether he is a foreigner or a

Sep 21 2017 - Nuclear weapons

It's an almost tragic situation where the only existing agreement to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons is in jeopardy at a time when we are seeing other countries like North Korea acquiring nuclear weapons and we need such processes more than

Sep 21 2017 - Iran

I am convinced that neither the volatile and charged situation in the region, nor Iran's behavior will improve if the nuclear agreement goes out of force. Because no one has the impression anymore that international negotiations are worth and one has to assume that such an agreement can be canceled after a short

Sep 15 2017

If the AfD in fact gets into the Bundestag, Nazis will be speaking in the Reichstag [building] for the first time in more than 70

Sep 13 2017 - Ukraine Crisis

Let's at least get a cease-fire implemented and the heavy weapons withdrawn, and then do two things as a reward: lift the sanctions and help with rebuilding eastern

Sep 11 2017

We must change course and not only reimburse the cost of taking in migrants, but also give local communities the same amount on top so they can do more for their

Aug 21 2017 - Merkel-Erdogan

I don't want the people here being set against each other. We stand for a democratic country, and we don't tolerate any external interference in our

Aug 19 2017

Now it is of course about helping the relatives and the victims, and at the same time to further develop cooperation in Europe, as has happened in recent months. But there is no absolute security with regard to cowardly

Aug 17 2017 - Trump Presidency

Our sympathies are with the victims and their relatives and

Aug 16 2017 - North Korea

Since yesterday we are a bit more optimistic; I think that above all Chinese pressure contributed to the statements from North Korea about definitely putting aside these ideas of firing a

Jul 31 2017 - Turkey

German citizens are not longer safe from arbitrary

Jul 22 2017 - Turkey

However difficult the political relations between Germany and Turkey, one thing is clear: you, people of Turkish roots in Germany belong here with us, whether you have a German passport or not. We have always striven for good relations with Turkey, because we know that good relations are important for you (German Turks).feedback

Jul 20 2017 - Turkey

We want Turkey to become a part of the west, or to remain where it already was. But it takes two to

Jul 20 2017 - Turkey

And I must say frankly that I can not imagine that there are negotiations on the extension of the Customs Union if citizens of the European Union are detained in Turkey without any

Jul 20 2017 - Turkey

We need to be clearer than we have been until now so those responsible in Ankara understand that such policies are not without

Jul 20 2017 - Turkey

We are reorienting our policy toward

Jul 20 2017 - Turkey

I can't see how we as the German government can continue to guarantee corporate investments in Turkey if there is the threat of arbitrary expropriation for political

Jul 20 2017 - Turkey

The case of Peter Steudtner shows that German citizens are no longer safe from arbitrary

Jul 20 2017 - Turkey

Until now there was guidance for certain groups but we're saying that now applies to all German citizens, not just for those with certain jobs .... Everyone can be affected. The most absurd things are

Jul 20 2017 - Turkey

We need to talk about how we can develop our Hermes guarantee framework and how we deal with investment loans and economic

Jul 09 2017

Germany's reputation is severely affected internationally by the events in

Jul 06 2017

The question is whether the Americans are still convinced that world trade always needs to be assessed according to one question, namely whether the U.S. is the winner, or whether we'll manage to convince the Americans that when everyone plays by the same fair rules, everyone will be better

Jul 06 2017 - Russia

If relations between the United States and Russia continue to be as bad as they are now, this is bad for the whole

Jul 06 2017 - G20

That would be a big symbolic step

Jul 05 2017 - Qatar

For us (Europeans), the GCC is the guarantor of stability and security in the

Jul 05 2017 - Egypt

We now have this opportunity to reach good results for the benefit of the whole region. The matter is not related only to the sovereignty of Qatar. We have to come back to common work at the GCC and for the Europeans this is a very important matter. For us, the GCC is the guarantor of stability and security in the

Jul 05 2017 - Qatar

But it is also possible that it will continue to be difficult for some

Jul 04 2017 - Qatar

We hope others will respond in a similar

Jul 03 2017 - Qatar

We all know that (this support) is not organized by states, but often by private persons. But we must somehow succeed in ending support in the region for extremist and terrorist

Jul 01 2017 - Turkey

The PKK has been banned in this country since the beginning of the 1990's. And rightly so. Not only for what they have done in Turkey, but also because of protection rackets, drugs trafficking and and the arms trade in this

Jun 29 2017 - Immigration

For a successful migration policy we don't just need bans but also rules which allow us to use immigration as an opportunity. Not just for ethical reasons but quite simply also out of economic

Jun 29 2017 - G20

I explained weeks ago to my Turkish colleagues that we don't think that would be a good

Jun 29 2017 - G20

We do not want to forcefully separate the US from Europe. But what we don't want either is to appear like an appendage of US

Jun 23 2017 - Brexit

The situation must be really tense if such an obvious thing is now considered as news. Of course people should at least have the right to stay, that is a minimum and personally I cannot imagine things

Jun 19 2017 - Brexit

We will negotiate fairly, and fair means that we want to keep the British as close as possible to the E.U. – but never at the price that we divide the remaining 27 E.U.

Jun 15 2017 - Christian Democratic Union of Germany

There's no benefit to messing with the interests of your population all too

Jun 15 2017 - Christian Democratic Union of Germany

We all have an interest ... in keeping them as close as possible to the European Union, because Britain is an important country, vital to the EU in the security and foreign policy realm, and naturally also a part of the European

Jun 14 2017 - Christian Democratic Union of Germany

We know that we cannot achieve peace and stability in the world with military means

Jun 10 2017 - Qatar

Along with our American colleagues but above all our colleagues in the region, we must try to find solutions, especially lifting the sea and air

Jun 07 2017 - Iran

Once against unscrupulous criminals have dragged many innocent people to their death. Where terror knows no borders, sympathy and humanity must have no

Jun 05 2017 - Turkey

Turkey and Germany are going through a troubled

Jun 05 2017 - Turkey

We have to respect that Turkey for domestic political reasons cannot approve visits. But then you know the opinion of the German parliament which will now in the very near future make reference to that part of the mandate which says that, if visits aren't possible, the German government will have to look for another

Jun 01 2017 - Greece

Greece has always been promised debt relief when its reforms are implemented. Now we must stand by that

May 31 2017 - Kabul

Such attacks do not change our resolve in continuing to support the Afghan government in the stabilisation of the

May 31 2017 - Kabul

Our thoughts are with the families and friends of the victims. We wish those injured a quick

May 31 2017 - Twitter

Anyone who accelerates climate change by weakening environmental protection, who sells more weapons in conflict zones and who does not want to politically resolve religious conflicts is putting peace in Europe at

May 30 2017 - Trump-Merkel

Whoever does not confront these US policies makes themselves

May 29 2017 - Trump-Merkel

Anyone who accelerates climate change by weakening environmental protection, who sells more weapons in conflict zones and who does not want to politically resolve religious conflicts is putting peace in Europe at risk. The short-sighted policies of the American government stand against the interests of the European Union. We Europeans must fight for more climate protection, fewer weapons and against religious [fanaticism], otherwise the Middle East and Africa will be further

May 29 2017 - Trump-Merkel

Anyone who accelerates climate change by weakening environmental protection, who sells more weapons in conflict zones and who does not want to politically resolve religious conflicts is putting peace in Europe at risk. The short-sighted policies of the American government stand against the interests of the European

May 24 2017 - French politics

If a French president has the courage to set a clear signal for Europe after his election, then Germany must have the courage to rethink its own deadlocked positions within the monetary

May 23 2017

Terrible news from Manchester! Our thoughts are now with our British friends. United we

May 22 2017 - Iran

We expect Iran to behave responsibly ... not to support

May 22 2017

France and Germany are not Europe, but without France and Germany, Europe won't be able to move forward. We want to use this historic window of opportunity that opened up with the election in

May 22 2017 - Greece

Our country by adopting the new measures through the Greek parliament has fulfilled its obligations totally and on time. There is no excuse for further delay on the

May 22 2017 - Greece

Greece has been promised debt relief over and over again if reforms are carried out. Now we must stand by this promise. This must not fail due to German

May 09 2017 - French election 2017

Whoever launches reforms [as Mr Macron plans] should not at the same time be forced into strict fiscal

May 07 2017 - Front National

If he fails, in five years Mrs. Le Pen will be president and the European project will go to the

May 05 2017 - French Presidential Debate

The future of our European project of peace is also up for election in France the day after

Apr 28 2017 - Turkey

The German government is strictly against cancelling the (accession) talks, that would be totally the wrong reaction. Those who would like to win applause at home because they say 'We do not talk to Turkey any more' will not change anything in

Apr 28 2017 - Israeli relations

It seems Mr. Netanyahu is under big pressure over what he has done. This is why he is appearing in German

Apr 26 2017 - Israel

I regret it greatly. And, I'll say it openly, we cannot become a political football for Israeli domestic

Apr 25 2017 - Palestine

Imagine if the Israeli Prime Minister, who is also foreign minister, came to Germany and wanted to meet people critical of the government and we would say: 'No, this is not possible'. Doing that, and therefore cancelling our meetings, would be unthinkable. It works both

Apr 25 2017 - Israeli relations

You never get the full picture of any state in the world if you just meet with figures in government ministries. Diplomats are welcome to meet with representatives of civil society but Prime Minister Netanyahu will not meet with those who lend legitimacy to organisations that call for the criminalisation of Israeli soldiers. Our relations with Germany are very important and they will not be affected by

Apr 24 2017 - Israeli relations

Democracy is the most difficult and at the same time best form of government because it continues to seek common ground in a never-ending dialogue, even despite very different viewpoints and positions that run contrary to peaceful

Apr 24 2017

It's important for France because he has the courage and the strength to lead the country out of its

Apr 24 2017 - French election 2017

I am certain that Emmanuel Macron will be the next president of France. Great for

Apr 22 2017

Free research and teaching are the supporting pillars of an open and modern

Apr 17 2017

The narrow result of the vote shows how deeply split the Turkish society is. This implies a big responsibility for the Turkish government and President Erdogan

Apr 17 2017 - Turkish referendum result

The result shows that Turkish society is deeply divided. It will largely depend on whether President Erdogan does everything possible to go after his opponents… We in Europe have to think about what possibilities we have to exert influence so that the country remains

Apr 11 2017 - Syria conflict

I think we have to show a united position and that in these negotiations we should do all we can to get Russia out of Assad's corner, at least to the point that they are ready to participate in finding a political solution. It is the right moment to talk about this, how the international community, with Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Europe, with the U.S., can drive forward a peace process for Syria and avoid further military escalation of the

Apr 11 2017 - Syria conflict

Not everyone may like it, but without Moscow and without Tehran there will be no solution for

Apr 10 2017 - Syria conflict

Now is the right moment to talk about how we can push for a peace process in Syria within the international community – with Russia, with Iran, with Saudi Arabia, with Europe, with the United States. To prevent military violence to escalate on and on, it's all about

Apr 09 2017 - Egypt

The aim of the perpetrators, to drive a wedge between people of different faiths living peacefully side-by-side, mustn't be allowed to

Apr 05 2017

We appeal to Russia to approve this resolution, to investigate this case and to bring to justice those who are

Apr 05 2017 - United Nations

Of course we should do everything to bring those responsible to an international court because it is one of the most evil war crimes you can

Apr 03 2017 - Syria conflict

The political process must not be put aside, one which must ultimately lead to Assad no longer being the President of Syria – it means electoral reform, constitutional reform, elections and reconciliation within the country. This in the context that people might say: There is now an enemy who is worse, the terrorists, and if necessary, we also work together with Assad and his regime and possibly give him areas that have been freed from

Mar 31 2017 - NATO

Two percent would mean military expenses of some 70 billion euros. I don't know any German politician who would claim that is reachable nor

Mar 31 2017

The US Government is apparently prepared to provide American companies with unfair competitive advantages over European and other producers, even if such action violates international trade law. I very much fail to comprehend the

Mar 31 2017 - NATO

More money doesn't mean more security. Germany owes vast sums of money to NATO & the United States must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defense it provides to Germany!feedback

Mar 31 2017 - World Trade Organization

We Europeans cannot accept this. The EU must now examine whether it also files a complaint at the WTO. I strongly support

Mar 31 2017 - NATO

I don't know where we would put all the aircraft carriers we would need to buy to invest € 70 billion a

Mar 31 2017 - NATO

That is not going to

Mar 29 2017

The negotiations will surely not be easy for either side. Bad feelings are understandable. For many it is difficult to understand, especially in these turbulent times, how anyone can believe they would be better off alone. But this can't be the basis for defining our future

Mar 25 2017

Europe is more than and above all often different from

Mar 23 2017 - Turkey

We must make every effort to persuade Turkey that the path it is on is not the right path, and at the same time keep the channels of communication

Mar 17 2017 - Protectionism

If U.S. protectionism should lead to new chances opening up for Europe in the whole of Asia, we should seize the

Mar 16 2017

That endangers the stability of our country, and in the end, I think it will also harm the stability of the United

Mar 16 2017 - Islam

We have seen that more than 80 percent of the Dutch took a stand against the enemies of Europe and Islam … It is a clear pro-European signal at a time when many had expected something

Mar 10 2017

The United States is a country where Christian traditions have an important meaning. Loving your neighbor is a major Christian value, and that includes helping people. This is what unites us in the West and this is what we want to make clear to the

Mar 09 2017 - NATO

My worry is, as we face the debate on the size of the armed forces, for example, on Russia's side and in the Baltics and in Poland…the debate in the US about the exorbitant increase in its military budget, that we are again facing the danger of a new arms race

Mar 09 2017

One can only hope that the conflict will be resolved so we don't have a great divide in

Mar 09 2017

I made clear that equations of modern Germany with Nazi Germany and attacks against democracy and justice are not

Mar 08 2017

We want to get along peacefully and well with this country and to solve disputes in a democratic manner, to ensure that nobody is treated disrespectfully and that they can count on the friendship of the Germans. There simply are limits one must not go beyond and the comparison with Nazi Germany is one of

Mar 06 2017

I think the main thing is that everyone uses the possibilities they have to ensure that we get back to a somewhat normal

Mar 02 2017 - NATO

The military potential that the Russian Federation has built up here at the border is completely irrational in my view because there is zero threat emanating from these

Mar 02 2017 - NATO

No one expects a real military confrontation to happen here, but what there is, and what has been reported in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, are attempts at massive disinformation and influence

Mar 01 2017 - NATO

I think we need to ponder a couple of other aspects, starting with the fact that I do not believe that the security of Europe can be guaranteed solely with defence spending. Most wars and refugee developments that we are currently facing cannot be solved with more spending on equipment, but by protecting people from famine, poverty and

Mar 01 2017

In view of the enormous challenges Europe faces, we must not ratchet down our ambitions for the common European project. The EU is far more than an internal

Mar 01 2017 - NATO

Our neighbors wouldn't like to see

Mar 01 2017 - Die Welt

The situation of Deniz Yucel throws a spotlight on the fact that Germany, and Turkey and the EU and Turkey, have very different ideas about the application of the basic principles of a constitutional democracy and the value of the freedom of the

Feb 19 2017 - NATO

I have no doubts that the American vice president, and also the defense minister, will do everything to take responsibility within NATO as in the past, and I don't think there is a big argument inside the American government. Since I haven't spoken to him, I can only say what I discussed with Mr. Pence - I did that and there are no doubts

Feb 18 2017 - Ukraine Crisis

All parties will use their influence to implement the agreement of the trilateral contact group from Feb 15. The aim is to have a ceasefire starting from Feb. 20 and to do what has long been agreed but never implemented: To withdraw the heavy weapons from the region, to secure them and enable the OSCE monitors to control where they are

Feb 18 2017 - NATO

We are taking these people in and integrating them and preventing them going to other parts of the world as 'freedom

Feb 17 2017 - G20

This has been good background on Syria, on how we can resume the talks. That was the aim of today, the road ahead is still long, we all know that, especially those new to the talks, our new American colleague was engaged in the debate, so it bodes well for

Feb 17 2017

Everyone was happy that Rex Tillerson was there and took an active part in the discussion. Of course everyone knows, and the United States expressed this through their foreign minister, that we need international cooperation to solve existing crises in the

Feb 17 2017

On its own, the regime in Damascus won't conduct any serious

Feb 12 2017 - German elections 2017

Our hand should remain outstretched for respectful cooperation based on … openness, honesty and what our constitutions stand for – freedom, democracy and the rule of law, as well as mutual

Feb 06 2017 - NATO

Both U.S. Vice President Pence and his colleague Tillerson made it clear in the talks that they have a strong interest in a united Europe, that they stand by a transatlantic partnership in

Feb 06 2017 - Ukraine Crisis

I think we should all hope there are agreements between Russia and the U.S., not to the detriment of Ukraine or to Europe, but if there is an easing of tensions between these two world powers, then that is

Feb 02 2017

The friendship between two nations is far more than thriving cooperation between governments, but without good and trusting relations between both governments, it can't go

Feb 01 2017

The world will not wait for us. There are urgent issues on the global agenda about which Germany and America, as well as Europe and America, should be closely coordinating. The friendship between two countries is far more than a beneficial cooperation between governments, but without good and trustworthy relations between those governments, it will not go

Jan 31 2017

After Brexit last year, if enemies of Europe manage again in the Netherlands or in France to get results then we face the threat that the largest civilization project of the 20th century, namely the European Union, could fall

Jan 29 2017 - Trump-Merkel

We are determined to protect the rights of our citizens and will take rapid action within the European Union about the steps that are now

Jan 28 2017 - Refugees

The United States is a country where Christian traditions have an important meaning. Loving your neighbour is a major Christian value, and that includes helping people. I think that is what unites us in the West, and I think that is what we want to make clear to the

Jan 28 2017 - Ukraine Crisis

We in Germany and France have a clear position on the sanctions. We wish to implement the Minsk peace process ... And that is the only way that sanctions can be

Jan 25 2017 - Protectionism

Protectionism will make all of us

Jan 24 2017 - Protectionism

He will run a protectionist and nationalist programme, and we cannot respond in the same way. We need to act by becoming more competitive, investing in our infrastructure, in digitalisation, in education, we simply need to get better. And we need to look for partners who want to achieve those things with us and I believe they exist. When someone shuts doors – and he is shutting doors – others open somewhere else, that I am sure of. Germany should act with self-confidence and not be fearful or

Jan 24 2017 - ASEAN

Of course, if the US president starts a trade conflict – I don't want to call it 'trade war' – with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and with China. Of course, we in Europe should tell the ASEAN states and also China and India: 'We have no interest in a trade conflict, we want to be fair partners' – and we have to ask China to reciprocate – but we should take advantage of the opportunities that open

Jan 24 2017 - Unemployment

The policies of Angela Merkel and Wolfgang Schaeuble have no doubt contributed to the deep crises in the European Union since 2008, to the isolation of a dominant German government and, through a relentless insistence on austerity, to high unemployment outside Germany. One consequence has been the strengthening of anti-European populist parties and the damaging of not only democracy but also a good investment climate. The continuation of the current policies comes at the cost of sustainable growth. This is also dangerous for

Jan 23 2017 - German economy

If Trump starts a trade war with Asia and South America, it will open opportunities for us. Trump must simply recognise that the U.S. economy often isn't competitive, while the German (economy) is. You can see the weight of our economic interests. Germany should act with self-confidence and not be fearful or

Jan 20 2017

What we heard today were high nationalistic

Jan 20 2017

Should the United States start a trade war with China and all of Asia then we as Europeans and Germans are fair partners. Europe and Germany need a strategy geared toward Asia and China and we have new

Jan 20 2017

We should neither be submissive nor have

Jan 17 2017 - Trump-Merkel

Nationalism and protectionism are not the recipes for

Jan 16 2017

The American car industry is getting worse, weaker and more

Jan 16 2017

The US car industry would have a bad awakening if all the supply parts that aren't being built in the US were to suddenly come with a 35 percent tariff. I believe it would make the US car industry weaker, worse and above all more expensive. I would wait and see what the Congress has to say about that, which is mostly full of people who want the opposite of

Jan 16 2017

We're not weak and

Jan 09 2017

It's not the case that the plants will be closed. The question at stake is how can the plants be developed further?feedback

Jan 09 2017 - Christian Democratic Union of Germany

Of course, I can imagine a Red-Red-Green coalition, if it allows the formation of a stable government. But that depends completely on the Linke. They must decide whether they want to govern or remain a radical

Dec 13 2016

We must set ourselves ambitious goals. Growth capital is still something that we are

Dec 08 2016

My personal point of view is: We should do everything, as far as this is politically justifiable, to keep the Britons as close as possible to

Dec 08 2016

This won't be easy. But above all, we must get this done quickly. The uncertainty is the biggest

Dec 04 2016

A load has been taken off the mind of all of

Nov 21 2016

I am confident that the new segment will make a crucial contribution to there being more stock market listings of young innovative growth firms in Germany

Nov 05 2016 - World Trade Organization

We should restart discussions in the WTO even as we are negotiating comprehensive bilateral

Nov 04 2016

What we need is a level playing

Nov 04 2016

First of all we did not have a discussion on

Oct 29 2016

Nobody can expect Europe to accept such foul play of trade

Oct 26 2016

It will on no account be switched off in the next decade - in my opinion not even in the one after

Oct 13 2016

I am very pleased with the outcome of the

Oct 13 2016 - Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement

I am very pleased that we have made a first, big step, because if Europe were not able to deal with Canada, this would send a difficult signal to the

Oct 12 2016

This treaty is good because we will get eventually rules for globalisation. This treaty is good for

Oct 07 2016

The world economy is not running

Oct 07 2016

It's clear that we need significantly more investment in education and

Oct 07 2016

This is remarkable given the recent migration flows into the

Sep 23 2016 - Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement

If the Americans are not ready to meet at least the standard of CETA, with Canada, then there will be no chance of a

Sep 23 2016

There was a great willingness to sign the agreement in October ... There are still some things to do, but it was a very good

Sep 15 2016

We need to make sure that we don't allow Britain to keep the nice things, so to speak, related to Europe while taking no

Aug 30 2016

With the agreement, we've created planning security for

Aug 30 2016 - TTIP

It doesn't make sense to end talks on such issues - neither with Turkey nor with Russia nor with

Aug 29 2016

TTIP has failed, but "nobody is really admitting

Aug 29 2016 - TTIP

In my opinion, the negotiations with the United States have de facto failed, even though nobody is really admitting

Aug 29 2016

I, we always said that it's inconceivable for Germany to take in a million people every

Jul 12 2016

I very much regret this decision because it means there is a looming danger that Tengelmann's assets will be stripped and jobs will be lost. The charge of bias was "

Jul 04 2016

That's why we shouldn't just pull up the

Jun 25 2016

It could be that some companies move their headquarters to Europe. Frankfurt is already being discussed. But I don't wish that on the Brits at

Jun 06 2016

The weight of the EU, but also confidence in the cohesion and the steadfastness of the EU, would diminish

May 13 2016 - German economy

The German economy started 2016 on a good footing: industry posted an increase in production, employment is noticeably rising, and higher income of private households is leading to higher private spending. Our task is to use this momentum to invest in education, modern infrastructure and

Mar 08 2016

Finally, there are concrete steps towards a joint European refugee

Feb 19 2016

We checked if we could take back the foreign trade law approval. But we realised that it was impossible without the agreement of all those ministries of the old administration that gave the war weapons control law

Feb 08 2016

The fact that free visa is only going to be granted when Turkey meets the appropriate European standards is not going to change. And that is not happening at the

Feb 08 2016

It is up to Turkey if there is or there isn't visa liberalisation. Europe should under no circumstances be blackmailed. And we have to consider the fact that a country that is on its way to bring death penalty into force is only distancing itself so drastically from

Jan 27 2016

In view of the good general conditions such as the low oil price and favourable exchange rate, economic dynamism should really be above present economic growth of 1.7

Jan 16 2016

If the measures have no impact in the spring, we're moving towards numbers that become

Nov 01 2015 - German Politics

We believe that instead of one large central facility such as a transit area at the border these entry centers should be set up all over the country as initial reception centres for refugees and waiting areas to carry out entry checks and registrations and to distribute from

Aug 01 2015

Why should German taxpayers pay to imprison foreign criminals? The threat of having to spend time behind bars in their home country is far more of a deterrent than a prison sentence in

Jul 20 2015 - Israel

With the recent nuclear agreement and the future events, new issues will be raised for Iran and we have developed the basis, both inside and outside the country, to produce security in the Middle East, and I believe it is for the benefit of Iran as well. Developing security in the region and the security of the state of Israel is of significant importance to

Oct 20 2014

In Europe we do not need pedantry or bashing each other, but everyone has to try and handle his challenges in the common European interest. We need to maintain our competitiveness in a globalised economy and possibly expand it, so we can maintain our social standards, social security, and continue to successfully master our tasks in culture or in environmental

Sep 26 2014

It is completely clear that we reject these investment protection

Dec 15 2013 - German Politics

There are seven ministers (of the SPD), four woman and three men who will sit at the cabinet table. It starts with Frank-Walter Steinmeier as head of the Foreign Ministry, probably the most high-profile foreign affairs

Nov 14 2013 - German Politics

The party was unable to convince voters on its key competence, which is social

Sep 27 2013 - German Politics

For the SPD just one thing is

Apr 27 2013 - German Politics

I believe a coalition between us is about change in this country, and also in Europe, taking a different route and thinking about tomorrow; what we want to happen to our children and grandchildren. We need to bring that back into politics. Merkel's coalition do politics without

Jan 21 2013 - German Politics

Twelve state elections without a majority for the chancellor. What we can say today I think is that the Federal election is wide open, dear friends! We will be fighting, we will be using the political concept from lower Saxony

Jun 22 2012

Along with Chancellor Merkel, we just agreed on measures for growth and employment in Europe. We made it clear that we need sustainable financial resources for this, such as taxing financial

Apr 05 2012

It's a slap in the face to every honest taxpayer. The money will not flow into the state coffers. It will disappear abroad. That's what Switzerland wanted to arrange, but we will not go along with

Sep 26 2010

(Chancellor) Merkel is opening up gaps among the middle class. They are the ones who are interested in getting ahead, education and performance, but who also support social equality, the environment, and consumer

Dec 14 2009 - German Politics

The commission charged with the investigation must check if Herr zu Guttenberg told the truth when he affirmed that the German army leadership did not keep him adequately

Oct 21 2009 - Greenpeace

One of the possibilities would have been to clarify the financial aspect but we did not agree on

Oct 06 2009

I am the candidate for the leadership and all my colleagues who are candidates for other posts in the party are only candidates

Sep 10 2009 - German Politics

We need a total open and transparent procedure, and not this hide and seek game and secret diplomacy, that has been performed concerning Gorleben in the

Jan 17 2008

In a country as rich as Germany, there cannot be an energy shortage. This also must be the goal of our climate

Nov 06 2006

The exact causes are not clear yet, electric utilities have to analyse these, but it shows it's necessary to invest more into the development of the networks. That's one of the utilities' duties and I think there's a considerable backlog demand problem

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