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I think it's outrageous. Why does she have the power and the position to meet Angela Merkel?feedback
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NEW Apr 25 2017
Christian Democratic Union of Germany has been commented on by 171 key people in the news. You can find all of them on this page with their statements. People who have been most quoted about Christian Democratic Union of Germany are: Angela Merkel, Donald J. Trump, Martin Schulz and Matteo Renzi. For instance, the most recent quote from Angela Merkel is: “I also feel very encouraged by my visit to the United States that negotiations between the EU and the United States on a free trade agreement ... are also being looked at. We want to continue good relations with Britain, while maintaining the advantages of the single market for ourselves.”.
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Dalia Fenig

Intimate relations, and certainly the available option of institutionalising them by marriage and starting a family – even if that does not happen in the story – between Jews and non-Jews, are seen by large portions of society as a threat on the separate identities (of Arabs and Jews).feedback

Manfred Weber

I have the obvious interest that places like Amsterdam, like Paris, like Dublin, like Frankfurt, can win and others will lose. It will be not a positive thing for the City of London at the end.feedback

Manfred Weber

EU citizens decide on their own money. When the UK is leaving the European Union it is not thinkable that at the end the whole euro business is managed in London. This is an external place, this is not an EU place any more. The euro business should be managed on EU soil. From now on we will have the interests of the EU27 in mind, not of the British. That's the outcome when you leave this family. Some of the politicians in London have not understood what leaving the European Union means. It means being alone. Great Britain after leaving will be a third country.feedback

Julia Kloeckner

An 'Islam law' can place the rights and duties of Muslims living in Germany on a new legal basis.feedback

Angela Merkel

We expect the people who come to us to stick to our laws. We know very few things about Syria, we know very few things about Iraq or African countries. And we must see this as an opportunity to learn more and experience more.feedback

Angela Merkel

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

Heiko Maas

We must not recognize any marriage that has been a nightmare for young girls and women.feedback

Herlinde Koelbl

I wanted to see how she changed on the outside and also on the inside, her spirit. What happens when you stay in power? It is very hard on someone to stay in power.feedback

Angela Merkel

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

Jean-Claude Juncker - European Commission

It's not my working assumption that this will happen, but I know mainly the chief negotiator of the European parliament is asking for this. It would not disturb me if this happened. But this cannot be the answer. It doesn't take away from Brexit all the dangers and problems. It would be an answer for citizens.feedback

Donald Tusk - European Council

We will do everything in our power and we have all the tools to achieve this. As for now, nothing has changed. Until the UK leaves the European Union, EU law will continue to apply to and within the UK. What can I add to this? We already miss you. Thank you and goodbye.feedback

Guy Verhofstadt

The withdrawal agreement will be an act of union law. An act of union law is naturally controlled by the European court of justice. It is as simple as that. The withdrawal agreement will be nothing outside the treaties. So automatically the court of justice is competent.feedback

Manfred Weber

We have developed in the last decades thousands of detailed regulations which had the idea of limiting the impact of borders in our daily lives, in the daily life of citizens, to make our life more comfortable, easier, more safe. That was the idea of all these regulations, and the British people decided to leave this union, so they will not be so comfortable, so safe, not so economically strong. That's why we will say that it really is a very negative day.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

The question is not to punish the UK for a vote made by British people. My deep wish is to have Britain with the EU in another relationship … [But] my priority will be to protect the European Union, the interests of the European Union, and the interests of European citizens.feedback

Donald Tusk - European Council

So here it is, six pages. The notification from prime minister Theresa May triggering article 50 and formally starting the negotiations of the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union. There is no need to pretend that this is a happy day, neither in Brussels nor in London. After all most Europeans, including almost half the British voters, wish that we would stay together, not drift apart. As for me, I will not pretend I am happy.feedback

Benoit Hamon

I repeated to her my disagreement with austerity policies, the consequences that they have had on people, the fact that they have produced today social desperation that produces votes for the far right.feedback

Ivanka Trump

Looking forward to working together in Berlin next month to promote the role of women in the economy and the future of our workforce globally #W20‬.feedback

Armin Laschet

Everything that was said about the Schulz train rolling over everything and changing everything didn't come true.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Merkel, now you're applying Nazi methods. Against my brothers who live in Germany, and against my ministers and lawmakers who visit there. Would this suit the ethics of politics? Your mission is not to support terrorist organizations, but to extradite them.feedback

Julia Kloeckner

He just wants to create an atmosphere of discontent, so he can give people the answers. We shouldn't talk Germany down just to run an election campaign based on fear.feedback

Manfred Guellner

Schulz is seen at the moment as someone who doesn't come from the Berlin political establishment, and that is viewed positively. Whether that is sustainable, we will have to wait and see. For many German citizens, Mrs Merkel is still a guarantor of stability and safety.feedback

Angela Merkel

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

Maria Katasonova

Putin, Trump and Le Pen all stand up for their countries' interests but they understand very well that cooperation and dialogue with each other's countries can correct the mistakes that the Obama-Merkel-Hollande axis made–really serious mistakes like allowing for terrorism, an economic crisis, and a refugee crisis. They can fix all that.feedback

Ludovic de Danne

He wished her good luck for the presidential election. We felt they understood each other, they were on the same wave length. Macron-Merkel it's the declining establishment, Le Pen and Putin represent the freedom of the people, cooperation in a multi-polar world.feedback

Richard Pazdur - Food and Drug Administration

While skin cancer is one of the most common cancers, patients with a rare form called Merkel cell cancer have not had an approved treatment option until now. The scientific community continues to make advances targeting the body's immune system mechanisms for the treatment of various types of cancer. These advancements are leading to new therapies-;even in rare forms of cancer where treatment options are limited or non-existent.feedback

Jessica Valenti

Men constantly ignore women – but most of the time no one notices it. Except, that is, when it happens on the world stage. A few years ago, my husband and I ran into a mutual acquaintance at a restaurant. This young man - a person who would surely identify as progressive - spent the entirety our interaction completely ignoring me. He spoke only to my husband; he wouldn’t even look at me when I asked a direct question.feedback

Marine Le Pen

It's completely empty. I want to attract the French people's attention to the fact that every time you talk, you say a bit of this, a bit of that, and never decide. I don't want to be the vice chancellor of Angela Merkel. This is called 'project fear'. It was used before Brexit, it was used before Donald Trump's election.feedback

Angela Merkel

We want free and open markets. In times when we have to argue with many about free trade, open borders and democratic values, it's a good sign that Japan and Germany no longer argue about this but rather are seeking to shape the future in a way that benefits people. We certainly don't want any barriers but at a time of an 'Internet of things' 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

Angela Merkel

Not a single NATO member state pays its entire defense budget into NATO. If you look at our military commitment today, then you see that a quarter-century later Germany plays a completely different role. But it is a process, and it is a process that the United States of America wanted ... and we cannot simply cast off this process from one day to the next.feedback

Ivo Daalder

Sorry, Mr. President, that's not how NATO works. The US decides for itself how much it contributes to defending NATO. Number one it was obsolete, because it was designed many, many years ago. Number two the countries weren't paying what they're supposed to be paying.feedback

Martin Schulz - European Parliament

I've worked with Mrs Merkel for longer than anyone else oustide her party. I've been able to study her. I know her.feedback

Shinzo Abe

It is through connectedness that economies will grow, Japan having grown through reaping … the benefits of free trade and investment, wants to be the champion upholding open systems alongside Germany.feedback

Angela Merkel

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

Martin Schulz - European Parliament

We want the SPD to be the strongest political power in Germany. And I want to be the next chancellor of Germany.feedback

Marcel Dirsus

Nothing would be worse for Ms. Merkel than being seen as taking orders from Trump. Ultimately, I predict Germany will increase spending – but at the pace it had already committed to.feedback

Tim Condon

Multilateralism is out. The U.S. administration will pursue its America First agenda through bilateral negotiations with countries running large trade surpluses with the U.S. Germany is one and in his meeting with German Chancellor Merkel, President Trump complained that the U.S. had been treated 'very, very unfairly' by its trading partners.feedback

Anne Wachter

I think we just let Donald Trump be, and make our own policy.feedback

Steffen Burmeister

At the moment, he is everybody's darling. He can bring people along, and he has the right themes. It is a very important signal that he is someone who has worked so hard for Europe, and at the top of the structure.feedback

Angela Merkel

"It's much, much better to talk to one another and not about one another, and I think our conversation proved this."feedback

Donald J. Trump

Despite what you have heard from the FAKE NEWS, I had a GREAT meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Nevertheless, 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! I reiterated to Chancellor Merkel our strong support for NATO, as well as the need for our NATO allies to pay their fair share for the cost of defense.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I'm not an isolationist, I'm a free trader. But I'm also a fair trader. And our free trade has led to a lot of bad things happening. I am not an isolationist by any stretch of the imagination. So I don't know what newspaper you're reading, but I guess that would be another example, as you say, of 'fake news.'.feedback

Angela Merkel

"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

Donald J. Trump

These nations must pay what they owe. The negotiators for Germany have done a far better job than the negotiators for the United States, but hopefully we can even it out. We don't want victory, we want fairness. It's going to be passed, I believe. It's coming together beautifully. We have conservative groups, other groups, everybody wants certain things.feedback

Angela Merkel

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. We need to be fair with each other.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I said a long time ago that Nato had problems. No1 it was obsolete, because it was designed many, many years ago. No2 the countries weren't paying what they're supposed to be paying.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Many nations owe vast sums of money from past years and it is very unfair to the United States. These nations must pay what they owe. During our meeting, I thanked Chancellor Merkel for the German government's commitment to increase defense spending and work toward contributing at least 2% of GDP. Well, I'm not saying if not. I'm saying, right now there are many countries that have not fulfilled their obligations to us.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We want to make sure we have the workforce development programmes we need to ensure these jobs are being filled by American workers.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I reiterated to Chancellor Merkel my strong support for NATO as well as the need for our NATO allies to pay their fair share for the cost of defense. Many nations owe vast sums of money from past years and it is very unfair to the United States. These nations must pay what they owe. I am a trader, I am a fair trader, a trader that wants to see good for everybody worldwide, but I'm not an isolationist by any stretch of the imagination. I would say that the negotiators for Germany have done a far better job than the United States but hopefully we can even it out.feedback

Angela Merkel

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

Angela Merkel

Do you want a handshake? We have benefited. That is the spirit which should be guiding these agreements. It is much better to talk to one another, not about one another. We talked about the international situation, we discussed the shared interests that we have. We are trying to address the areas where we disagree….and find a compromise. We need to be fair with each other.feedback

Donald J. Trump

(I) probably wouldn't be here right now, but very seldom. We have a tremendous group of people that listen and I can get around the media when the media doesn't tell the truth, so I like that. As far as wiretapping, I guess by this past administration, at least we have something in common, perhaps. And just to finish your question, we said nothing. All we did was quote a certain very talented legal mind who was the one responsible for saying that on television. I didn't make an opinion on it.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We said nothing. All we did was quote a certain very talented legal mind who was the one responsible for saying that on television. You shouldn't be talking to me, you should be talking to Fox. I don't believe in an isolationist policy. I don't know what newspaper you're reading, but I guess that would be an example of fake news. Immigration is a privilege, not a right, and the safety of our citizens must always come first, without question.feedback

Erik Wemple

At a joint news conference Friday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, President Trump fielded a question from a German journalist as to whether he felt it was a “mistake” to accuse British intelligence of assisting former President Barack Obama in allegedly surveilling him. Wrapped up in the question was a pivotal question about the relationship between the Trump White House and the conservative media. After all, the claim about British intelligence stemmed directly from a report by Fox News’s Andrew Napolitano, a former New Jersey judge.feedback

Angela Merkel

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

Angela Merkel

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

Jim Cramer

I think that ... the liberal media will be talking about how Merkel is a sworn opponent of Russia, and Obama and Merkel worked together.feedback

Joerg Forbrig

President Trump is probably the least popular U.S. president in a very long time. If this meeting somehow doesn't succeed ... this would certainly be a liability politically for Angela Merkel here in Germany. I think she will have to get along with him. There's a whole set of issues of cooperation and a normal working relationship across the Atlantic. It is simply indispensable.feedback

Constanze Stelzenmüller

If any European leader can be assumed to have profound insights into (Putin's) thinking and psychology, but at the same time have a very hard-nosed attitude toward a strategic goal, then it would be Merkel. This is how its been with him, this is how he works, this is how he tries to gain your trust, this is how he tries to keep you on edge. These are his goals and this is his modus operandi. This is the thing she has twelve years of experience with as Chancellor.feedback

Jeff Rathke

There is still lingering doubt about ... how the U.S. sees European security, and whether the U.S. sees its security and Europe's security as intrinsically linked and inseparable.feedback

Juergen Hardt

Those who know the chancellor know that she has a knack for winning over people in personal discussions. I am sure that Donald Trump will not be immune.feedback

Matthew Karnitschnig - Politico

Merkel's challenge will be to counter Trump's perception of reality without turning him against her.feedback

Angela Merkel

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

Justin Trudeau

There have been times when we have differed in our approaches, and that's always done firmly and respectfully.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I've spent a lot of time at St Patrick's Day parades over the years, I will tell you that.feedback

Angela Merkel

I don't intend to participate in this race to trade provocations. The insults need to stop. Furthermore, we're looking at the situation afresh every day and are not giving anyone a carte blanche for the future.feedback

Constanze Stelzenmüller

Constanze Stelzenmüller is Robert Bosch senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a contributing writer for The Post.feedback

Vladimir Putin

We are looking forward to her visit to Russia on May 2.feedback

Angela Merkel

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

Peter Wittig

The chancellor comes to Washington with a very open mind-set and a constructive, pragmatic and forward-looking attitude. We want to build on the strong relationship we've had over the past 70 years.feedback

Angela Merkel

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

Angela Merkel

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

Angela Merkel

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

Sylke Tempel

You can only find that out when you're there, and this is a situation where she's particularly good because she observes things. Putin tried that on her, Erdogan tried that and there are quite a few others. She has an enormous amount of patience, an internal calm and self-confidence, and the kind of personality that would say 'I've seen macho characters come and go, and I've seen men making a lot of mistakes.feedback

Angela Merkel

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

Joe Kaeser

The new American president has a style that's different from what we're accustomed to. It worries us, what we see.feedback

Angela Merkel

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

Juergen Hardt

Does the American president want to force Americans to stop buying German cars in the future? Do we want to artificially make German cars more expensive with taxes so that consumers buy more foreign products?feedback

Angela Merkel

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

Jörg Krämer - Commerzbank

For the first time in many years Merkel faces the risk of losing the chancellorship. Schulz managed to de-mystified Mrs. Merkel after her popularity had suffered during the refugee crisis.feedback

Mevlut Cavusoglu

No one has said (German Chancellor Angela) Merkel is a Nazi or (German Foreign Minister) Signar Gabriel is a Nazi. We have not called anyone a Nazi. Our President made a comparison in reference to certain practices. The trend in Europe at the moment reminds us of pre-World War II Europe.feedback

Ulf Porschardt

You can change that. You, of all people. Releasing Deniz Yucel would send a signal.feedback

Angela Merkel

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

Angela Merkel

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

Angela Merkel

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

Angela Merkel

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

Francois Hollande

Unity is not uniformity and this is the reason why I call for new forms of cooperation (…) that we could go quicker and stronger with some countries without excluding others and without having others who can oppose.feedback

Angela Merkel

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

Angela Merkel

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

Mohammed Shaikhibrahim - Euronews

Egyptians here read this visit as an European and German recognition of Egypt's role in supporting regional stability and as also as support by Germany for recent economic procedures, plus Egyptian efforts in fighting terrorism inside and outside the country, which is in both sides' common interest.feedback

Judith Sunderland

Ensuring safe and swift returns of Tunisians and Egyptians who are not in need of protection is legitimate, as long as the procedures are fair. It's another thing entirely to pursue dodgy deals that could trap asylum seekers and migrants from elsewhere in countries like Tunisia and Egypt that cannot guarantee decent treatment or meaningful access to asylum.feedback

Ralf Stegner

The Greeks have had to make huge reforms, putting a heavy strain on ordinary people. If there is an SPD-led government, there will be a change of course on this point. We want growth and employment in Europe.feedback

Achim Post

More must be done for growth and employment. If I push Greece further under water, or Portugal too, how should growth be generated if I cut wages and pensions? He doesn't just want to stand as a candidate, he wants to be chancellor.feedback

Johannes Kemper

He is authentic. He speaks the language of the streets. He speaks to the worries there are on the streets.feedback

Martin Schulz - European Parliament

If the small baker in Hamburg pays his taxes but the American coffee business next door pays no taxes ... if big businesses make more profits for years but real wages in Germany stagnate or fall, that is not fair.feedback

Martin Schulz - European Parliament

When we have billions in budget surpluses in this country, I don't want this money used for tax relief on big incomes but rather for it to be invested.feedback

Dietmar Bartsch

With Martin Schulz, the SPD has a real candidate for chancellor. A change of government is possible.feedback

Steffen Seibert

PSA Chief (Carlos) Tavares stressed that both companies would complement each other well. He stressed to the chancellor that PSA would preserve the independence of Opel in a merged company and would give plant, investment and job guarantees.feedback

Angela Merkel

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

Angela Merkel

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

Angela Merkel

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

Angela Merkel

With Opel, the talks are under way. The government has a co-ordination process under way. We will do everything we can politically to secure jobs and sites in Germany.feedback

Angela Merkel

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

Pepijn Bergsen

This is just the first round of attacks from the CDU on what is still quite a new figure in German national politics.feedback

Pepijn Bergsen

I don't think there would be that much of a difference (between Merkel and Schulz) to be honest in terms of policy. There's been quite a lot of campaign phrases from Mr Schulz but no real policy platform yet.feedback

Pepijn Bergsen

Germany seems to be a bit behind to a lot of other European nations in that move towards that populist vote.feedback

Thomas De Maiziere

There were a lot of shifts in responsibility. The federal level said the German states should do more. The German states have said the federal level should do more. I think, this must end, we need a joint effort. Everyone has to take responsibility.feedback

Angela Merkel

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

Angela Merkel

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

Jaroslaw Kaczynski

She frequently repeated that she had visited Poland many times, knew socialism, that her experience meant one should speak with her differently.feedback

Thomas Nord

Close cooperation with the EU, mainly Germany and France, would be the main strategic interest for Poland.feedback

Jaroslaw Kaczynski

I am not saying that we have no advantages. But Germany has more. Ms. Merkel is absolutely the No. 1 in the EU, and that is not a healthy situation. European legislation must be reduced to its core: the common market, to some extent environmental protection. But no one can tell us how to regulate marriage or how we stand on sexual orientation. Also, there is a tendency in the Union toward radical restriction of freedom of speech and belief.feedback

Sebastian Plociennik

The decisions made this year will set the path for the EU's future.feedback

Ryszard Petru

It's a paradox of our time that German has to ask a Pole to keep another Pole in an important EU role.feedback

Angela Merkel

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

Angela Merkel

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

Angela Merkel

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

Horst Seehofer

We are going into this election campaign together. Germany is an island of stability.feedback

Angela Merkel

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

Anas Modamani

Some people are trying to harm the reputation of the refugees like me and they are using Facebook to spread hatred against us.feedback

Markus Soeder

We are going to have a lot of convincing to do in this election with our base and in the community. The CDU and CSU will come together - but perhaps not in February.feedback

Manfred Guellner

Seehofer has to end his onslaught against Merkel if the Union wants to have any chance at all.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Sometimes I have the impression that the new administration does not know the European Union in detail but in Europe details matter.feedback

Angela Merkel

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

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

There's a legislative branch, executive as well, and the same goes for judiciary. There can't be a question about removing the separation of powers.feedback

Angela Merkel

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

Gero Neugebauer

Merkel has no choice but to step into the breach and stand up for German interests, regardless of how great her desire for cooperation.feedback

Ben Hodges

I don't see, and I have not heard, anything that would lead me to think that this could be curtailed. Our president has spoken with Prime Minister (Theresa) May, Chancellor (Angela) Merkel and President (Francois) Hollande and what I have heard is the affirmation of the importance of NATO and the United States commitment to NATO.feedback

Dieter Janecek

Donald Trump is no longer a reliable partner. If this insanity is not rescinded, that one should look into whether it is possible to impose a travel ban on him and (White House adviser) Stephen Bannon, the author of this unconstitutional rule.feedback

Martin Schulz - European Parliament

Social democracy is about being fair to each other, hand in hand, side by side. In order to have the best for our country, we are seeking practical solutions for people. What a big difference that is to the conservatives' non stop, tiring arguments.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

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 needed.feedback

Steffen Seibert

She is convinced that even the necessary, decisive battle against terrorism does not justify putting people of a specific background or faith under general suspicion.feedback

Angela Merkel

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

Beata Szydło

Indeed, I agree, this is an important visit, especially now when the EU is changing, when reforms are needed. Poland and Germany are certainly two countries that will set the tone for the discussion on change in the EU. We want reforms and I hope that Chancellor Merkel will become convinced that these reforms are needed for the EU.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I gave her great compliments until she allowed the refugees to come into Germany, and Germany ... has tremendous problems right now. Well I think Merkel is a really great world leader but I was very disappointed that, when she, this move with the whole thing on immigration. I think it's a big problem and really, you know, to look at what she's done in the last year and a half. I was always a Merkel person. I thought, really fantastic, but I think she made a very tragic mistake a year and a half ago.feedback

Donald J. Trump

They gave it to a woman who's not done the right thing in Germany. Nice woman, I like her, I like her. I better like her, I may have to deal with her. Look, Putin likes me, I want her to like me too. I have friends, I just left people from Germany and they don't even want to go back. Germany's being destroyed by Merkel's naïveté or worse. But Germany is a whole different place and you're going to have a problem in Germany.feedback

Francois Hollande

To be very honest, what threatens Europe doesn't only come from outside. It is also from inside. This means the rise of extremists who use external factors to cause disruption internally.feedback

Angela Merkel

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

Carsten Brzeski - ING-DiBa

According to latest opinion polls, Merkel's CDU stands at 37 percent with the SPD trailing far behind with 20 percent. With Schulz, the SPD could be able to close this gap somewhat. However, it would need a significant closing of this gap before a coalition without the CDU as biggest party would become a feasible option.feedback

Carsten Nickel

A left-of-center coalition against Merkel is not becoming any more likely with Schulz…The biggest obstacle to a Schulz-led government with the Greens and the post-communist Left is that if the AfD enters the Bundestag, the resulting fragmentation will make a left-wing coalition impossible numerically.feedback

Carsten Nickel

Opposition from the far-right alternative for Germany will force the chancellor to put up a fight; Schulz's nomination means that on top of this, she will face a center-left contender with the capacity for emotional messaging and no history in domestic German politics – the advantage of a fresh face in times of anti-establishment politics.feedback

Martin Schulz - European Parliament

There is a deep cut going through society, not just in our country but in other countries in Europe as well. European societies are drifting apart. After the presidential election in the United States one may say that society is drifting apart across the world.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

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 Germany.feedback

Sergey Lavrov

A whole range of leaders of countries which are US allies openly campaigned for Hillary Clinton. Angela Merkel was actively doing that as well as François Hollande, Theresa May and other leaders of European states. Moreover, besides direct campaigning for Hillary Clinton, official representatives of the European countries were not shy to demonise Donald Trump.feedback

Norbert Röttgen

The smart thing to do is not to yield to intimidation and threats. If you take this path once, you will become the object of threats and intimidation and I don't think that makes sense either for Germany as a whole or for individual companies.feedback

Norbert Röttgen

I think it is politically right and economically wise to stick to our principles and our policies, which for Germany is a policy of open and fair trade.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

Nationalism and protectionism are not the recipies for greatness.feedback

Wolfgang Schäuble

Whoever wants growth - and I trust this administration will be a growth-friendly one - must be in favour of open markets. Protectionism can afford short-term advantages but is almost always damaging in the long term.feedback

Angela Merkel

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

Donald J. Trump

I have great respect for her (Merkel), I felt she was a great great leader. I think she made one very catastrophic mistake – and that was taking all of these illegals, taking all of the people wherever they come from – and nobody really knows where they come from.feedback

Erika Steinbach

All this contradicted our current legal situation and also isolated Germany in Europe because of the uncoordinated action.feedback

Angela Merkel

As heads of state and government [of the G20], we said: 'We must resolve the problem facing us together'. And the response to overcome that financial crisis was not a response based on closing oneself off, but a response which called for cooperation, for common rules, for regulation of financial markets.feedback

Angela Merkel

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

Angela Merkel

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

Sahra Wagenknecht

The stronger we perform, the greater the chance the SPD will correct its course there and, of course, that we can form a joint government.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

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 opposition.feedback

Angela Merkel

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

Angela Merkel

And yes, it is especially bitter and despicable if terror attacks are carried out by people who are allegedly looking for protection in our country, people who have been enjoying our country's willingness to help and who now ridicule it with their acts. 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

Alastair Winter

We know the Italians are eager to lift sanctions, as are several German parties including the SPD. Of course, (Angela) Merkel and her CDU want to retain sanctions but would struggle to hold the line if the U.S. lifts them and it could be a major election issue.feedback

Angela Merkel

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

Frauke Petry

Under the cloak of helping people Merkel has completely surrendered our domestic security. Germany is no longer safe.feedback

Angela Merkel

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

Angela Merkel

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

Angela Merkel

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

Alexis Tsipras

Our vision is that growth not only affects statistics and figures but that it heals wounds of the crisis and helps all those who made enormous sacrifices in the name of Europe and in the name of European stability.feedback

Angela Merkel

As far as the Greek decisions are concerned, there is a critical discussion. The ESM made this clear. 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

Dennis Kolberg

To make the aid programme a success, it's essential that measures are not decided unilaterally or are not taken back without advance notice.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

The projections for the Greek economy are extremely positive for next year.feedback

Angela Merkel

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

Juergen Falter

She is highly regarded among almost all other leading politicians in Europe. She is a very strong negotiator and a pragmatist who is able really to form compromises.feedback

Juergen Falter

I think Angela Merkel is convinced that there is nobody else ho could fill her position in regard to the European problem.feedback

Angela Merkel

In this situation, in which the world appears to be coming apart, (the priority is) to ensure that Europe does not emerge even weaker from the crises than it went.feedback

Jens Spahn

Those who are not refugees, who are not fleeing from Iraq or Syria from war and persecution, must return to their homelands - and that needs to be done consistently.feedback

Angela Merkel

Here we say 'show your face'. So full veiling is not appropriate here. It should be prohibited wherever legally possible. We are faced with a world, especially after the US election, that needs to re-order itself, with regard to NATO and the relationship with Russia.feedback

Jens Spahn

I don't want to encounter a burka in this country. In that sense I am burkaphobic.feedback

Angela Merkel

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

Angela Merkel

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

Thomas De Maiziere

We all reject the full veil – not only the burka but also other types of full veil that only leave the eyes visible. They have no place in our society.feedback

Angela Merkel

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

Angela Merkel

That was and is our, and my, declared political aim. The full veil must be banned wherever it is legally possible.feedback

Angela Merkel

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

Eugen Abler

We have thrown a lot of Christian Democratic principles overboard. The result: We are winning few voters on the left and we are losing a lot on the right.feedback

Angela Merkel

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

Angela Merkel

No one, not even someone with great experience, can change things for the good in Germany, in Europe, in the world more or less on their own - certainly not a chancellor of Germany. We are faced with a world, especially after the US election, that needs to re-order itself, with regard to Nato and the relationship with Russia.feedback

Angela Merkel

The full veil is not appropriate here, it should be forbidden wherever that is legally possible. It does not belong to us. We don't want any parallel societies. Our law takes precedence before tribal rules, codes of honor and sharia.feedback

Barack Obama

I value Angela's leadership. If I were German and I had a vote, I might support her.feedback

Angela Merkel

It is our job to be so strong as to prevent that. The 2017 election for the Bundestag will be difficult like no previous election - at least since German reunification.feedback

Wolfgang Schäuble

I think we should take note of this with a degree of calm. The Italians have decided; we have to respect that. They will make the best of it.feedback

Matteo Renzi

There is no reason to talk of a euro crisis and there is certainly no reason to conjure one up.feedback

Josh Earnest

I would warn against painting with an overly broad brush about the potential consequences of this outcome [in Italy]. There certainly is a not entirely unreasonable tendency to want to loop together the outcome in the U.K. and even the outcome of the U.S. presidential election with this outcome, but each of these is ... different.feedback

Tim Wuennemann

For me, this is more a feeling that I support this and I want it to continue now that it has just started.feedback

Angela Merkel

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

Angela Merkel

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

Angela Merkel

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

Angela Merkel

I don't have any concrete information about the origin of the attacks on the Telekom network. Let me just say that such cyber attacks, or 'hybrid attacks' as they're known in Russian doctrine, are part of everyday life today, and we need to learn to deal with them.feedback

Angela Merkel

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

Carsten Brzeski - ING-DiBa

Schulz, if supported by his party, could stand for a clear pro-European platform in the elections and would force Merkel to put her cards on the table. Schulz's rhetorics are clearly better than Merkel's. So, at first glance, this would be bad news for Merkel but good news for Germany.feedback

Simon Hegelich

Merkel is really interested in the topic of bots and fake news and hate speech on the Internet and she's very well informed.feedback

Angela Merkel

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

Simon Hegelich

They act as if they were a news provider, but all the news is fake. It doesn't matter if it's true or not, it's just a business model to get more clicks on advertising.feedback

Angela Merkel

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

Angela Merkel

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

Angela Merkel

This statement moved me, because it comes back to what we are made of. A little more than quarter of a century after the fall of the (Berlin) Wall and German reunification ... people are realising that what we have taken as given is no longer a given.feedback

Angela Merkel

There are too many indications that hospitals and medical facilities are deliberately being bombed and, pardon me, that is internationally forbidden, that has to be pursued under criminal law. The Assad regime must know, and it is very regrettable that Russia is supporting this regime.feedback

Stephen Szabo

Merkel will have to walk a tight rope on her relationship to Trump ... Trump is deeply unpopular in Germany.feedback

Werner Patzelt

One of the failures of Angela Merkel is she has underestimated AfD …and now needs to live with the consequences.feedback

Holger Schmieding - Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co.

She will manage Brexit in a way that prioritizes the coherence of the EU27 (the other member states) even if that means that the U.K. gets a raw deal.feedback

Stephen Szabo

The prospect of a Fillon presidency clearly is welcome in Berlin. If Le Pen loses and Renzi survives, Merkel will have a chance to shape European responses to Brexit, the refugee situation, the problems with the euro and Russia.feedback

Marine Le Pen

I think that the days of the ideology supported by Mrs Merkel are numbered.feedback

Holger Schmieding - Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co.

She will ask other countries in Europe to reform without really backing sanctions on those who don't.feedback

Werner Patzelt

AfD is a German expression of that kind of right-wing populism that you see everywhere in Europe.feedback

Josef Janning

A fourth Merkel term will signal continuity above everything else. In fact, Merkel will become even more active internationally - all German chancellors have followed that pattern in the later years of their time in office.feedback

Tomas Zdechovsky

I see that Angela Merkel is problematic because she was one of the big promoters of the quota system. And this quota system does not function in (the) whole (of) Europe.feedback

Ana Gomes

Are we going to allow the inequality to grow in our countries, among our countries in the eurozone, and therefore feed the populist narrative which is politically so destructive for the union. I think Germany has a tremendous responsibility. We cannot continue with these policies of austerity that indeed stifle growth in the EU.feedback

Constantin Bolz - UBS

If Merkel is going for chancellor again, even if she has to be in a grand coalition, the likelihood is that she will be re-elected ... That creates some stability from a European perspective.feedback

Barack Obama

If she chooses to continue, she will have big burdens. I wish I could be there to lighten her load somewhat, but she is tough.feedback

Julia Kloeckner

Angela Merkel stands for stability, reliability and thoughtfulness. With her straightforward and calm nature she had led us safely through the financial and economic crises.feedback

Manfred Guellner

In these difficult times, Merkel is a pillar of stability. People have the feeling she represents German interests well abroad.feedback

Angela Merkel

I literally thought about this decision endlessly ... but I am ready to run for office again. I want to serve Germany.feedback

Gero Neugebauer

I can see how Merkel has this personal ambition to show the people that she, who used to be such an outsider when she first entered politics as an East German and a woman, made it all the way.feedback

Angela Merkel

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

Angela Merkel

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

Mary-Jo Jacobi

I think Angela Merkel is in trouble when her term comes. It's just a time of great change.feedback

Theresa May

Our work is on track, we do stand ready to trigger Article 50 before the end of March, or by the end of March 2017.feedback

Barack Obama

I don't expect that the president-elect will follow exactly our blueprint or our approach, but my hope is that he does not simply take a realpolitik approach and suggest that, you know, if we just cut some deals with Russia, even if it hurts people or even if it violates international norms, or even if it leaves smaller countries vulnerable or creates long-term problems in regions like Syria, that we just do whatever is convenient at the time.feedback

Peter Tauber

The Americans are among ... our most important partners and we want to continue this partnership economically, politically and through shared values. I think one will see that Mr. Trump will have his own political suggestions, but that the USA won't be a different country tomorrow.feedback

Angela Merkel

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

Angela Merkel

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

Angela Merkel

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

Angela Merkel

And so 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

Larissa Brunner - Oxford Analytica

If Merkel decides to run then yes, definitely, she will win the election. There is no real effective opposition from Sigmar Gabriel and his party (the Social Democratic Party) and besides he is not very popular. Though, it is very unlikely that (Merkel's) Christian Democratic Union (CDU) will emerge as the strongest party.feedback

Larissa Brunner - Oxford Analytica

Merkel's reputation and credibility is so closely linked to refugee policy that it would be extremely hard to U-turn now. Incremental change is as much as can be expected… slow shifts to kick the can down the road until the problem goes away.feedback

Nina Schick

Of course, it's going to be messy. I think the headline of the German election is going to be that the AfD (Alternative for Germany), the far-right populist party, is going to smash the threshold to get into the Bundestag. That in German politics is going to spook people - a far-right, populist, anti-migration party going into the Bundestag.feedback

Nina Schick

When it comes to the German public, they always talk about more solidarity in Europe, but when it actually comes to the policies for paying for that then it's going to be a resounding no.feedback

Nina Schick

Even though we are seeing historic opposition to Merkel because of the refugee crisis, there's simply nobody else who could fill the chancellor's shoes, especially right now when you have Brexit, the continuing euro zone crisis, Russia and the migration crisis. She's still the Queen.feedback

Vanessa Rossi

I am generally appalled at how the EU leadership, including Merkel, keep stridently insisting there can be no Europe à la carte. Everything they do - and frequently choose to ignore rather than enforce according to supposed agreements - is not only à la carte but comes with every little adjustment demanded by any diner - except, it seems, the UK.feedback

Angela Merkel

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

Angela Merkel

If I tried to put myself in the shoes of a Swiss citizen, I wouldn't be pleased if it was suddenly cast in a new light because of another decision in another country. 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

Barbara Hendricks

If the chancellor's policy competence is worth something, the proposal should have come back almost unchanged from the ministries.feedback

Steffen Seibert

The whole government is convinced that it is right that the market is open to investments from abroad, including from China. Germany as an industrial center must, however, be effectively protected from unfair competitive situations.feedback

Manfred Weber

Angela Merkel is our candidate. There is no doubt about that. I wish this declaration would come fast - from her and from us.feedback

Angela Merkel

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

Angela Merkel

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

Muhammadu Buhari

About 100 more (girls) are still in the hands of the terrorists. We hope we'll get some ... intelligence to go about securing the balance.feedback

Steffen Seibert

I will leave the interpretation up to you. A key assertion of the chancellor in the last months has, however, always been that full participation in the EU internal market means that the country that wants such participation must also fully subscribe to the free movement of people.feedback

Angela Merkel

We are already working in Oromia to de-escalate the situation there by offering mediation between groups. I would always argue for allowing people of a different political opinion ... to engage with them and allow them to express their views because, after all, a democratic experience shows that out of these discussions good solutions usually come.feedback

Angela Merkel

If we don't say that full access to the internal market is connected to complete acceptance of the four basic principles, then a process will unfold in Europe where everyone does and is allowed to do what they want. That will be extraordinarily complicated.feedback

Angela Merkel

(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

Angela Merkel

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

Angela Merkel

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

Hans Michelbach

As German economy minister, your task is to promote Germany as a place to do business and not to bad-mouth individual market participants.feedback

Hans Michelbach

Therefore, it's inconceivable that Mr Gabriel could let himself get carried away with such comments.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I was always a Merkel person, I thought really fantastic, but I think she made a very tragic mistake a year-and-a-half ago.feedback

Neil MacKinnon

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says there will be no state bailout, but this might be a case of 'famous last words', as the history of banking crises often shows that major banks cannot be allowed to fail for fear of systemic risk affecting the financial system and negatively impacting the real economy.feedback

Hillary Clinton

No, look, I like a lot of the world leaders. One of my favorites is Angela Merkel, because I think she's been an extraordinarily strong leader during difficult times in Europe which has obvious implications for the rest of the world, most particularly our country.feedback

Angela Merkel

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

Tom Stevenson

I don't think we should be surprised that the German government is unwilling to step up to the mark and to bail Deutsche Bank out, to send money essentially to the US on behalf of Deutsche Bank. We have got elections next year in Germany and there are simply no votes in supporting a failing bank.feedback

Angela Merkel

Given the way the situation is at the moment, I'm skeptical that we can enforce a no-fly zone right now.feedback

Hans-Peter Friedrich

So much trust has been lost, you also have to change policies.feedback

Sassan Ghahramani - Csu

Instability is bad and all investors love Merkel, but one is reminded of when (former British Prime Minister Margaret) Thatcher became very beloved by foreigners and foreign investors and started losing luster back home.feedback

Carsten Brzeski - ING-DiBa

Generally speaking, unless the AfD dismantles itself in the coming twelve months, the likelihood of a three-party coalition will increase as two parties will find it hard to get more than 50 percent of all votes.feedback

Carsten Nickel

Berlin's urban politics are hardly a blueprint for developments on the federal level. Still, tonight's (Sunday's) result was the weakest CDU showing ever in Berlin. For Merkel, the loss of yet another regional state government means that pressure from the CDU's Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU), will intensify further as of next week.feedback

Carsten Brzeski - ING-DiBa

All in all, given the new – mildly put – challenging environment and increased unrest in Germany's government, politics will remain at centre-stage in the coming months. The only good news for Angela Merkel is that the next state elections are only scheduled for late-March next year. Merkel's Christian alliance will now have to carve out a migration compromise, ideally in time for their party conferences in November and December.feedback

Matteo Renzi

I'm not going to stay silent for the sake of a quiet life ... if someone wants to keep Italy quiet they have picked the wrong place, the wrong method and the wrong subject.feedback

Matteo Renzi

If we want to pass the afternoon writing documents without any soul or any horizon they can do it on their own. I don't know what Merkel is referring to when she talks about the 'spirit of Bratislava'.feedback

Matteo Renzi

At Bratislava we had a nice cruise on the Danube, but I hoped for answers to the crisis caused by Brexit (Britain's exit from the EU), not just to go on a boat trip.feedback

Angela Merkel

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

Angela Merkel

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

Frauke Petry

The fact that the AfD exists is a symptom of the failure of the traditional parties, who have lost the ability to solve problems.feedback