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Angela Merkel
I think it is very clear what additional steps need to be taken.feedback
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Oct 22 2017
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All quotes about Christian Democratic Union of Germany

Angela Merkel

We reached a compromise that I consider to be a very good basis to begin discussions with the Free Democrats and the Greens. Germany needs a stable government and the prerequisite for this was a common negotiating position.feedback

Carsten Nickel

An outlier (candidacy) is that you strike some sort of deal and the job is left with the CDU, and that's something I still wouldn't rule out. In terms of policy, the German finance ministry is basically the European affairs ministry in Germany and the focus will still be focused on not giving away one pesky euro to Greece. There will be no let up for poorer euro zone countries. Merkel has committed to building out the euro zone but I imagine the new finance minister won't get involved in that.feedback

Angela Merkel

We achieved a joint result which I think is a very, very good basis to go into exploratory talks with the FDP and Greens.feedback

Angela Merkel

A finance minister will only be appointed if a finance minister is necessary.feedback

Angela Merkel

I would like this coalition to come into being. It is clear that the Social Democrats are not capable of being in government on the national level in the foreseeable future, so I advise us all to waste no time thinking about that any more.feedback

Angela Merkel

I will do everything I can to move forward...With good will, that should be possible.feedback

Andrea Nahles

If Chancellor Merkel thinks the SPD is a tactical reserve option for an emergency, then she is wrong.feedback

Jean-Claude Juncker - European Commission

The austerity measures will be continued by those who carried them out together with Wolfgang Schaeuble.feedback

Simone Peter

Our political compass is refugee protection and human rights, so recognised refugees should be able to catch up with their families.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

But I know her (German Chancellor Angela Merkel) answer will be neither withdrawal nor faint-heartedness. I know that just as every time her country has faced historical challenges she will have the same reaction: boldness and a sense of history, and this is what I am offering her.feedback

Eldad Beck

As long as Merkel is chancellor, the special relationship is O.K. But Israelis will have to make a special effort, otherwise things are going to fall apart.feedback

Angela Merkel

I never saw myself as a pillar of stability in Europe . It's up to others if they choose to behold me in that way.feedback

Alexander Gauland

Dear friends, now that we're obviously the third-biggest power … the government has to buckle up. We will hunt them. We will hunt Frau Merkel. And we will reclaim our country and our people. It's always a shame when someone very talented leaves the party and Frauke Petry is very talented. But I must note that she wasn't much help recently in the campaign.feedback

Mark McFarland

I think what you've got now as a result of the election is the likelihood [Merkel] doesn't survive four years.feedback

Michael Strobaek - Credit Suisse Group

Populism may be a force, but it's unlikely to be a solution to the problems in Europe, and therefore it's not really something to be played at. It's very usual for a politician so long in the seat to see a little bit of loss on votes. But for Europe, Mrs. Merkel is a source of stability, she's a force of integration.feedback

Angela Merkel

I can't see what we should have done differently. I thought this campaign through well. It is important Germany gets a good, stable government. All parties ... have a responsibility that we get a stable government.feedback

Angela Merkel

I heard the SPD's words, nevertheless we should remain in contact. I think all parties have a responsibility to ensure that there will be a stable government.feedback

Angela Merkel

I don't think so. The parties that are capable of forming coalitions with each other will seek solutions there are of course differences … but AfD will have no influence.feedback

Angela Merkel

I'm not the most urgent case yet. I will assure my colleagues that Germany will act responsibly in the phase in which we are in transition.feedback

Robin Niblett - Chatham House

Merkel presided over the entry into the Bundestag of an extreme right wing party and that is an indictment of sorts. It has weakened her, without a doubt.feedback

José Carreras

I realize that the end is very close – so I enjoy it more and more.feedback

Alexander Gauland

We have the right to be proud of the achievements of Germans soldiers in two world wars. There is nothing in our party, in our program, that could disturb the Jewish people who live here in Germany. We want to take our country back. Bringing a million people to this country takes a piece of our country away.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

We will resolutely continue our cooperation that is essential for Europe and our countries.feedback

Martin Schulz - European Parliament

It "to be a strong opposition in this country. In a democracy, opposition is perhaps even a more decisive force than the government. It is the opposition that shows the government what it's doing wrong.feedback

Matthias Quent

The AfD is a great challenge to democracy particularly Germany, given the German history. We see that the AfD has unleashed not only a protest, an anti-elite-populism, but also a populist racist ideology, which in part makes a positive reference to National Socialism. It has also achieved this success at a time when Germany is, objectively speaking, doing well.feedback

Matthias Quent

Several of the new AFD members entering the Bundestag are right-wing extremists. They plan to misuse this position. I expect that they will try to include far right social movements and extremists groups in order to bring about a cultural political shift to the right of society.feedback

Janis Emmanouilidis

They will try their best to recover lost ground on the right side of the political spectrum. Going into a coalition in Berlin with the Greens and the FDP will make this more difficult.feedback

Carsten Brzeski - ING-DiBa

The weak result could make Angela Merkel a lame duck much faster than international observers and financial markets think.feedback

Hans Kundnani

It's a huge change in the political landscape. It will change the nature of debate in the Bundestag.feedback

Matthias Mueller - Volkswagen

For Germany's biggest industrial company I say: In the globalised economy, national egoism and protectionism lead to a dead - and in the end a loss of jobs.feedback

Felix Huefner - UBS

Even if digitalization may be a key priority for Merkel, we don't expect deep reforms... given the lack of pressure in a very benign economic environment.feedback

Lothar Mentel

We see the euro to trade sideways for a while as the USD rebounds from having fallen a bit more than was justified by the fall in real yields.feedback

Jane Foley - Rabobank International

On balance, we are of the view that EUR/USD could be choppy around current levels on a one to three month view. While we are forecasting a move to EUR/USD1.22 on a 6-month view, European politics constitutes a risk to this outlook.feedback

Stephen Gallo - BMO Capital Markets

This is a turning point in German politics, but nothing dramatic changes in the short-run as the coalition building process starts. The ECB is still on course to taper quantitative easing in the coming months and the USD is still in a multi-month downtrend.feedback

Stephen Gallo - BMO Capital Markets

The reaction in the EUR and in the credit markets is predictable, but with the ECB still a powerful force in the European debt markets, the moves are unlikely to turn violent.feedback

Chris Scicluna - Daiwa Capital Markets

So, for example, in marked opposition to the Trump world view, Merkel's foreign policy will be very much centered on supporting global institutions, while she will also remain at the forefront of defining a common European response to geopolitical challenges. And with the Greens likely to be on board, Merkel is hardly going to dilute her support for anti-climate change policies such as the Paris Accord.feedback

Bohuslav Sobotka

Today they attack the refugees and the EU, tomorrow they will target the Czechs and Poles.feedback

Carsten Nickel

While the FDP has taken a skeptical position, this will be countered by the strong pro-EU stance of the Greens. Moreover, Merkel retains the implicit threat of returning to the SPD if Jamaica talks were to fail (especially over Europe). The (FDP) party will have to pick its fights – and some key deliverables such as tax cuts for its most loyal support base, high-income voters, might be more important than trying to oppose Merkel (and Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, who might still stay on) on euro zone reform.feedback

Eric Schweitzer

In these difficult times, and this is a central issue for business, we need a stable government. The economic situation is good, no question about that, but companies are concerned about whether it will stay that way.feedback

Hubert Lützelberger

Every four years we can vote for the person who drives the train, . But we can't change the direction of the train.feedback

Hannelore Weimann

For me, the AfD is a Nazi party. I experienced World War II and I have seen the history, and I don't understand how people can vote for a party like this.feedback

Daniela Schwarzer

The new role is simply a reality. Germany never wants to lead alone. But she will stand up, even against allies, if she sees the principles of the international order undermined. That's why the French elections were so important, why Brexit is so painful and why Poland and Hungary are so difficult.feedback

Daniela Schwarzer

As the United States under Trump pulls away from that role, Germany has a huge interest in maintaining both the European and global order.feedback

Tarik Abou-Chadi

The last year really did mark a collapse of the social democrats across Europe, as the immigration debate gained momentum. Many European social democratic parties are quite divided on the issue of immigration, which is why they are refraining from discussing it. It also probably has to do with the fact that Theresa May is so deeply unpopular among many in Britain. Of course, Germany's Merkel is in a far different position.feedback

Angela Merkel

We've gone over and over what happened in the autumn of 2015 and I remain convinced that all the other options that were discussed at the time - perhaps deploying water cannons on the German border and such - were out of the question for me. I think this decision was right.feedback

Christoph von Marschall - Der Tagesspiegel

The Social Democrats were very eager to be nice to the French, but the liberals are not.feedback

Carsten Brzeski - ING-DiBa

It's a clear cold shower for Macron. It means a very cumbersome process of further integration.feedback

Angela Merkel

If I consider that decision again, and think of what the alternatives were, for example using water cannon [on the refugees], I come to the conclusion that it was the best decision.feedback

Paul Mason

Germany’s SPD is not alone – social democracy is in crisis across Europe. As Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour understands, we need a complete break with the neoliberal model. ‘Some of us are beginning to think it is the end of the project.” That was how a senior European social democrat spoke to me of the future of mainstream socialism last week. The German SPD’s abject failure in Sunday’s election will have done little to lift the gloom. After 12 years of playing sidekick to Angela Merkel, it will go into opposition, bereft of a strategy and rightly worried about the breakthrough of the far right Alternative for Germany (AfD).feedback

Frederik Ducrozet

There might be some concerns at the ECB that a less stable and less pro-EU German government will have negative implications for the (economic) outlook. That would be dovish.feedback

Daisuke Karakama - Mizuho Bank

The euro...was already losing support from the European Central Bank's monetary policy theme and appeared to be on its way lower.feedback

Peter Tauber

All of us, all the parties have the responsibility of giving this country a stable government. And a coalition can only be successful if it is able to make compromises.feedback

Peter Tauber

Of course I want to win back everyone who voted for AfD and previously voted for us. To do that, we have to confront AfD clearly and show that we have the better answers.feedback

Daisuke Karakama - Mizuho Bank

The market reacted by selling the euro on the possibility of Merkel running into difficulties in forging a coalition. The euro, however, was already losing support from the European Central Bank's monetary policy theme and appeared to be on its way lower. The election outcome in Germany showed the country was no longer a special presence in Europe amid growing support for populism and the far right.feedback

Manfred Weber

With Angela Merkel, Germany remains the strong and reliable partner in Europe.feedback

Alexander Gauland

As we appear to be the third strongest party, the next government to be formed needs to be prepared: we will chase them, we will hunt down Angela Merkel or whoever, we will chase them.feedback

Alice Weidel

The first thing that we will do in the Bundestag is to initiate a parliamentary inquiry into Angela Merkel.feedback

Hendrik Traeger

East German voters are more extreme and less loyal to the traditional parties. This is how it has been ever since the Wall fell.feedback

Alexander Gauland

We will take our country back. This is a big day in our party's history. We have entered the Bundestag and we will change this country.feedback

Jens Fleischer

I could be convinced to return to the CDU if they became more conservative again. Under Merkel, they have moved too far to the left for me and many others.feedback

Tino Sorge

We don't say chancellor; we say 'Mutti,' . Mommy will do all the things she has to do.feedback

Kathrin Zimmermann

I hope that our democracy can deal with a party that has said, in my view, intolerable things in the media. I hope the right-wing pressure doesn't get too strong.feedback

Angela Merkel

We of course were hoping for a slightly better result. We want to win back AfD voters by solving problems, by taking in their concerns and in part their fears, and especially through good policy-making.feedback

Jens Töpfer

Refugees have a different culture that doesn't fit in here. They should go back where they came from and fight for their freedom and reconstruction.feedback

Elida Baller

It doesn't look good in the world. If you listen to that guy in America and also in the East with his atomic weapons, you get scared.feedback

Alexander Gauland

The 'refugees welcome' policy of Angela Merkel alienated a lot of people, a lot of voters, as you can see in the demonstrations against Merkel. We call it 'Merkel muss weg' demonstrations, or 'Merkel must go'. We have nothing to do with the extremism. We have nothing to do with violence against people.feedback

Frank-Walter Steinmeier

Those who don't vote let others decide the future of the country. Perhaps it has never been so noticeable that elections are also about the future and democracy of Europe.feedback

Christin Lerch

The CDU and SPD are simply no longer in touch with the people.feedback

Matthias Henn

It was wrong to open the borders and let anyone in without checking identities. I am a CDU voter despite all this, but I want this party to handle it differently.feedback

Franziska Brantner

On Europe, the FDP is not so far from the AfD on some issues. If all of their ideas were implemented we would be plunged back into a euro zone crisis.feedback

Martin Schulz - European Parliament

It's a difficult and bitter day for Social Democrats in Germany. We haven't reached our objective.feedback

Ivan Vejvoda

She is a pillar of stability and certainty in a world navigating uncharted waters. Merkel has reluctantly been thrust into the role of the West's most outspoken defender of the liberal democratic order, while at the same time engaging in realpolitik, seeking to resolve outstanding global challenges.feedback

Daniela Schwarzer

Savior of the West' both gives too much credit to Germany and puts too much weight on it. Germany still thinks of its foreign policy as predominantly European, within the E.U. or certainly with E.U. partners.feedback

Daniela Schwarzer

Taking more responsibility and not being able to rely on allies and structures like the E.U., as we could in the last decade, is the new reality.feedback

Angela Merkel

Of course, we would have preferred a better result, that is completely clear. But we mustn't forget that we have had an extremely challenging parliamentary term behind us. We have a mandate to form a new government, and no government can be formed against us. We want to win back AfD voters by solving problems, by taking account of their concerns and fears, and above all with good policies.feedback

Martin Schulz - European Parliament

As from now there is once again a Freedom faction in Germany, because the people allowed us to make a comeback.feedback

Gert Frülling

It all happened too fast. Dresden is a city of bureaucrats and soldiers, and they dumped all this multiculturalism on us at once. I know we had to change, but it should have happened more gradually.feedback

Rebecca Klingenburg

I learned four languages in school. I want to make sure that we stay internationally oriented.feedback

Gert Frülling

If they present good ideas, I think it's not fair to boycott them.feedback

Angela Merkel

We want to boost your motivation so that we can still reach many, many people today. Many are still undecided. I should be in better shape, with the international media here, but I'll give it a try.feedback

Dieter Kempf

Our companies need clear signals. Now it's all about averting damage to Germany as a place of business.feedback

Josef Schuster

I worry that the AfD will aggressively deepen divisions in our country.feedback

Martin Schulz - European Parliament

Young people, think about Brexit. Think about Trump. Go vote. Take this right to vote seriously, and use it.feedback

Angela Merkel

We need every vote so that we can continue to live well and to enjoy living in Germany. That's why we don't rest on our laurels, on the fact that we managed to cut unemployment in half over the past 12 years, that we've managed to create more than five million new jobs, but we know that we live in the 21st century – a time where we need to always find new answers to new challenges.feedback

Hans Kundnani

A ball of contradictions is one way of putting it, completely unprincipled would be another way.feedback

Ralph Bollmann

Patience is the secret of Merkel's success. She's much more patient than any other politician in Germany, in Europe, in the world.feedback

Angela Merkel

Never try to change your negotiating partner's mind… but find and exploit the wiggle room within their thinking.feedback

Hans Kundnani

The most extraordinary thing about Merkel is that… we don't know who she is at all. She's completely opaque. She has a handful of people around her who she trusts… and when those people speak to the media they're telling you what they want you to think about Merkel, not what she actually thinks.feedback

Angela Merkel

A lot of trust has been destroyed. The industry must do everything to win back credibility and trust – in its own interest and that of employees and German industry.feedback

Gero Neugebauer

When she looks back in 10 years at her last term, she wants to be sure that she had a worthwhile ending comparable to her predecessors.feedback

Angela Merkel

The events of 2015 and 2016 will not repeat themselves. But you have to have an open heart for those who are much worse off.feedback

Julius Lukas - Mitteldeutsche Zeitung

What political support do you as an entrepreneur need? What can politicians do better to make your company grow? You already have enormous growth rates, but to make sure it stays that way? Europe is important to you. Which role does Europe play when it comes to your decision as a voter? What do you expect from the elections? Twelve years of Merkel, some see as a kind of standstill. What do you think?feedback

Martin Menz

These are the things that are very important to me, that have to be taken care of. Which is a given thing at the moment. This is the thing about the current government that means a lot to me and I want it to stay. That's why, me personally, I am satisfied with the politics of Missus Merkel.feedback

Philipp Thiel

I'm afraid about the future. I don't expect a third world war but maybe something like that, with North Korea, Turkey, [Russian President Vladimir] Putin, Trump.feedback

Paul Ziemiak

The last century shows what can happen when it's only about national interests, but for our generation, it's not as fresh.feedback

Erik Spieler

The Christian Democrats may not be the best possible option, but they're the best at the moment.feedback

Donald J. Trump

You have some pretty tough hombres in Mexico that you may need help with, and we are willing to help you with that big league. Look, I spoke to Putin, Merkel, Abe of Japan, to France today, and this was my most unpleasant call because I will be honest with you.feedback

Manfred Jabs

Sending them to six seminars on how to apply for a job will not increase their chances of getting a job.feedback

Manfred Jabs

We have the impression that the numbers are increasing. Regardless of who builds the next government, we are preparing for that.feedback

Christoph Butterwegge

Poverty and wealth are structurally connected in this country, as they are in the United States, and Angela Merkel only sees that part of society that has benefited from the reforms of the Agenda 2010 that she refers to repeatedly and increasingly positively.feedback

Thomas Walde

People are generally quite happy. Then Germans look around the world and they see, Brexit, Donald Trump, the refugee crisis ... all these challenges and Merkel is seen as a steady hand.feedback

Thomas Walde

In the eyes of German voters, Merkel represents stability, calm, steadiness and prosperity.feedback

Norbert Lösing

It's very German to stick to what is working. There are a lot of problems in other countries, think Donald Trump or Brexit … with Merkel there is a sense that there is no great problem that she couldn't overcome and that she's a politician you can trust.feedback

Ute Eisel

I have a lot of respect for Mrs. Merkel. I think she handled the refugee crisis really well.feedback

Carsten Nickel

Is there any realistic chance that Merkel will fail to win a fourth term in office? No.feedback

James Hawes

The German chancellor is as unglamorous and reliable as a Miele washing machine. I want her to win on Sunday because she can steer the west to safety. Novelists of the future will surely do a Hilary Mantel on Angela Merkel – try to recreate the secret gyroscopes of her mind, in her time. Here’s my advice to them: look west. For that, above all, is what Mutti – Mummy – as she is known to every German, whether they like or loathe her, believes in.feedback

Dominik Paetzholdt

It was born out of the question whether Merkel is still tuned in enough to people's every day lives after so long in office.feedback

Angela Merkel

We live in turbulent times. We can't afford any experiments. In these times, we need stability and security, and a clear path, both at home and abroad.feedback

Angela Merkel

I could stand here and talk for hours about how arduous Europe often is. It always is worth standing up for Europe, even just because it gives us peace and freedom.feedback

Petra Lemsky

The atmosphere was really bad. The wages were really low. Germany is doing really well compared to America. I want it to stay that way.feedback

Thomas Beyer

People want this to continue, There's a great need for continuity. There's a great need for security. And people feel now is not the time for experiments.feedback

Cristina Tillmann

Mail-in voting is here to stay. It's become a full-fledged alternative to going to the polls in the real lives of voters, so it's no longer an exception, even if it's legally still defined as one. Parties and election workers need to reckon with a quarter or even 30 percent of voters casting their ballots early.feedback

Helmut Richter

I think it is tragic that the Tafel even exists, that it needs to exist. I don't know what the politicians think is happening here and what they are doing.feedback

Christoph Butterwegge

That is her mantra, and it is true for a large majority of the people in Germany. But the growing prosperity of the majority has come at the expense of many others. But if I look at other developments, such as the precarious job situation, 1.2 million people who hold down jobs but still live below the poverty level – the food banks have more than 1.5 million people whom they are helping – how an average family has never had it so difficult to find affordable housing in Germany's large cities – these are developments that Angela Merkel likes to block out.feedback

Helmut Richter

They make some good points, but considering what I do, they are out of the question.feedback

Manfred Jabs

What has been forgotten is our generation of women, those of us between 70 to 80, who made it through the war and started our families with little or nothing. We were taught to make do with what we had and raise our children. But now we find ourselves with nothing.feedback

Angela Merkel

If I didn't have to train and practice everything, I'd love to be an astronaut who flew around the Earth, so I could see it all from above.feedback

Scott Pruitt

If Chancellor Merkel… really cares about reducing CO2 in this world, why is she going away from nuclear? It's so hypocritical for countries to look at the United States and say, You need to do more.' Really? So, we've reduced our pollutants under the Clean Air Act [criteria pollutants and CO2].feedback

Marcel Lewandowsky

The Schulz effect was actually only visible in opinion polls.feedback

Tarik Abou-Chadi

Merkel was successful in not getting into a real election debate.feedback

Emanuel Richter

The S.P.D. missed an opportunity to bring the politics of social democratic values against a C.D.U. that is not as conservative as it once was. The S.P.D. is now polling exactly the same as it was before it nominated Martin Schulz. Twenty percent in the polls has really become normal for them.feedback

Tarik Abou-Chadi

You have this big politician who speaks five languages, but you keep on hearing about the mayor of Würselen. He does do well with a certain class of people, but it's no longer enough.feedback

Marcus Gross

Right now the chance that S.P.D. beats the C.D.U., or that Martin Schulz becomes chancellor is at less than 1 percent.feedback

Gero Neugebauer

More than ever, all these polls should be taken with a grain of salt now. There surely could be some surprises on election night. But in the fight among the smaller parties for third place and possible power in a coalition, everything is still up in the air.feedback

Angela Merkel

Therefore the automotive industry must do everything to restore trust and credibility as quickly as possible; this is in its own interest and that of its employees and the whole of Germany.feedback

Martin Schulz - European Parliament

The citizens of this country deserve a comprehensive debate on the central questions related to the future of this country. For this reason I call for a second TV duel before the election. I am prepared to go ahead with it at any time.feedback

Angela Merkel

This format proved successful and therefore she'll leave it at that.feedback

Angelika Huber-Strasser

We get no respect from society as working women. If you stay at home and have children, you're not contributing to society. If you work and have children, you are a raven mother. If you work and have no children, you're a cold woman. All paths for women in Germany are difficult. Here, Merkel has not helped.feedback

Anka Wittenberg - SAP

We have hardly any female role models that show young women that it is possible to have both: a family and a career. Germany is still very much behind.feedback

Anne Wizorek

Because of Merkel, the image of Germany abroad is more progressive than it really is. Just as Obama did not end structural racism in America, Merkel has not ended structural sexism in Germany.feedback

Jutta Allmendinger

Angela Merkel considers things normal that many women who grew up in West Germany consider anything but normal.feedback

Birgit Kelle

In my view it's almost communism that we practice. G.D.R. 2.0, that's what we're going for. I used to be in the mainstream of the party, now I'm being pushed to the right edge.feedback

Anne Wizorek

We are told: 'You can become chancellor – what more do you want?' . I hear that all the time.feedback

Angela Merkel

If we were asked to join talks, I would say 'yes' immediately.feedback

Steffen Seibert

There was agreement that the conflict about North Korea's nuclear armament must be resolved peacefully.feedback

Michael Fallon

Not yet, but they are clearly accelerating their missile programme. The range is getting longer and longer and we have to get this programme halted because the dangers now of miscalculation, of some accident triggering a response, are extremely great.feedback

Michael Fallon

So we've got to work at this problem and bring about a diplomatic solution that stops the development of North Korea's nuclear programme and enforces the sanctions we have at the moment.feedback

Michael Fallon

What we have to avoid at all costs is this spilling over into any kind of military conflict. So we're working flat out at the United Nations to get a better resolution there to enforce the existing sanctions, we're looking at sanctions across the European Union, and of course we're trying to persuade China to keep its neighbour in check. I'm very concerned about the situation in the Pacific. The United States is fully entitled to defend its own territory, to defend its bases and look after its people. But this involves us. London is closer to North Korea and its missiles than Los Angeles.feedback

Steffen Seibert

That is why we have offered to be helpful in the search for new ways to de-escalate the situation. The only conceivable solution is a peaceful and diplomatic one. But to achieve such a solution, the pressure on North Korea must be increased.feedback

Stefan Reinecke

Only named the problem, he didn't propose any credible solutions … When he eventually did, they were really quite timid, the kind even Merkel could go along with.feedback

Stefan Reinecke

Schulz was on to something with the overworked, underpaid individual and stressed-out working parents. Many Germans don't want more Merkel. Schulz … was a kind of projection screen for their wishes.feedback

Angela Merkel

I could also imagine such a format for the settlement of the North Korean conflict. Europe and, in particular, Germany should be ready to contribute a very active part.feedback

Patrick Sensburg

They'll say, Are you a Muslim?' or 'Merkel let everybody in' or 'You're selling out our country.feedback

Angela Merkel

If our participation in talks is desired, I will immediately say yes. A new arms race starting in the region would not be in anyone's interests.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

The reckless behaviour of North Korea is a global threat and requires a global response and that of course also includes NATO. I will not speculate about whether Article 5 will be applied in such a situation. We are now totally focused on how can we contribute to a peaceful solution of the conflict. There is no easy way out of this difficult situation, but at the same time we have to ... continue to work for political solution, continue to press also the economic sanctions.feedback

Angela Merkel

The world does not sleep, the world is changing at a rapid pace. We do not want to end up as a technological museum, but rather as a frontrunner.feedback

Angela Merkel

The EU must not be divided on this issue. That would greatly weaken Europe. We shall not forget them and will do everything, at all levels, to secure their release. Without me and without my party you couldn't have achieved anything in this parliament.feedback

Angela Merkel

North Korea's nuclear tests are a flagrant violation of all international conditions.feedback

Angela Merkel

I say clearly and in the name of the whole government: there can only be a peaceful, diplomatic solution.feedback

Michael Fuchs

(Merkel) wants to work together with (French President Emmanuel) Macron but also with all others in Europe who want to safeguard the European idea because at the moment we do have a problem with Brexit. We don't want to have another example of Brexit … So we have to work on Europe (and) Angela Merkel is the right person to do so.feedback

Sudha David-Wilp

The disarray across the Atlantic, as compounded with a European Union that's weak, prompted people to perhaps throw their support behind Merkel.feedback

Peter Beyer

For us it was extremely good to learn that we are able to actually win again, elections on the Länder [state] level.feedback

Alexander Mauss

Because the Social Democrats are part of that coalition government, that is always a very difficult situation. You can't really oppose the politics or the policy of the governing coalition because you are part of it.feedback

Sudha David-Wilp

Things may come out: we still don't know if that hack on the Bundestag is going to be a smoking gun … or if, for some reason, her party can't find a coalition partner to establish a majority. But … it's very hard to see these scenarios.feedback

Peter Beyer

We were getting a little bit afraid and uneasy at the beginning of the year when Martin Schulz was introduced as a candidate. The polls were completely different … he was a star.feedback

Angela Merkel

I almost forgot to say that the election isn't already decided. And of course, we need every vote.feedback

Alexander Mauss

People ... have a lot of faith in her, that she is doing the right thing. Especially in comparison to Schulz, she is seen as a strong leader, very competent, trustworthy, sympathetic and stands to her beliefs.feedback

Angela Merkel

Even if these cars pumped out emissions at approved levels, even if this break down of trust hadn't taken place, we would still have the environmental problems we have.feedback

Axel Friedrich

Seventy per cent of air pollution problems in cities are down to diesel emissions.feedback

Remo Klinger

The court cases are already in motion, and Merkel won't be able to extricate herself from the process unless she takes drastic action. Germany only has two options: a hardware update to make sure that diesel cars are fitted with functioning filters, or an outright ban. All other proposals are not worth taking seriously.feedback

Angela Merkel

We'll need combustion engines for years and decades - and still at the same time we'll have to take the bridge, the path towards new mobility and new engines.feedback

Angela Merkel

We should do everything possible to avoid driving bans. We are all agreed we need an enormous effort.feedback

Angela Merkel

People who don't have the right to be in our country should leave it – people have already been deported. It is clear that Turkey should not become a member of the EU. We had a very dramatic situation then ... There are times in the life of a chancellor when she has to decide.feedback

Angela Merkel

If German citizens whom are held in custody can no longer be assured that the German state can protect them in Turkey, because an autocratic ruler arbitrarily arrests people, then we have reached a point where Germany has to stop the accession negotiations.feedback

Angela Merkel

The fact is clear that Turkey should not become a member of the EU. I'll speak to my [EU] colleagues to see if we can reach a joint position on this so that we can end these accession talks. Slashing pre-accession aid, I'm in immediately. There's no way talks for enhancing the customs union come into question. I do not intend to break off diplomatic relations with Turkey just because we're in an election campaign and want to show each other who is tougher. We had a very dramatic situation then ... There are times in the life of a chancellor when she has to decide.feedback

Angela Merkel

To get used to living in terror would be to give up our way of life. I don't think that one can solve this conflict without the American president … We need the USA as a force for peace and we have to do everything to get them on the right track.feedback

Angela Merkel

I don't plan to break off diplomatic relations with Turkey because we have to outdo each other a little bit during the election campaign to see who is tougher.feedback

Angela Merkel

It is clear that Turkey should not become a member of the European Union.feedback

Angela Merkel

If an election campaign is defined as good only when people insult each other, then that's not my idea of what an election campaign is about.feedback

Manfred Guellner

The TV duel format, like spontaneity and eloquence, is not quite Merkel's strength.feedback

Martin Schulz - European Parliament

If I become German chancellor, if the people of this country give me a mandate, then I will propose to the European Council that we end the membership talks with Turkey. Whether we can win over all the countries for this I don't know. But I will fight for this.feedback

Angela Merkel

I don't think Germany's future will be built with whistles -- that isn't going to work.feedback

Leif-Erik Holm

Merkel has failed in a lot of people's eyes and they are looking for an alternative.feedback

Hartmut Jahnholz

Just the opposite. She opened the borders, that's all she's done.feedback

Leif-Erik Holm

Merkel was very popular here, that's true. But times have changed. People are asking 'what is she doing?feedback

Angela Merkel

Given the latest events, perhaps it is necessary to rethink them ever further.feedback

David Davis

I have my views, but I'm optimistic about it. The outcome of the election will be to accelerate the process [Brexit] once it has happened.feedback

Alexander Gauland

German interests must be guiding principles and not that whoever happens to be visiting here right now gets some sort of development program. It's not always 'America First.' Sometimes it's 'Germany First.feedback

Marcel Naumann

She has done a wonderful job. She got us out of the crisis and even with her refugee policies, she has remained true to her vision.feedback

Angela Merkel

It was important and right that we took people in back then in this exceptional situation, and is also right that we must find long-term, sustainable structures. Europe itself still hasn't done its homework to this day.feedback

Angela Merkel

I do not see a mandate to expand the customs union in the current circumstances.feedback

Angela Merkel

We must see how things develop but we are calling now, very clearly, for the release of those who are imprisoned. Several German citizens are being held in prison, which we believe is unjustified. We therefore decided to take a new direction in our policy towards Turkey. We cannot solve everything at once, but I believe to do nothing is wrong. We cannot simply shut ourselves off.feedback

Angela Merkel

However much I would like good relations with Poland, we cannot just stand by and say nothing for the sake of peace and quiet.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

This is a revamp that we need. Brexit should not take up all our energy.feedback

Angela Merkel

Ukraine does not have full sovereignty. I am working together with the French President and also with the help of the United States on finding solutions (for the Ukraine crisis) within the Normandy format. We just made clear in our joint statement released yesterday that the observance of the ceasefire agreement is of the utmost importance. If the Minsk agreement is kept, then the requirement will be met for lifting the sanctions on Russia.feedback

Angela Merkel

I am not the one who decides on the euro exchange rate. If the euro zone is very low then it is easier for German exporters to place their products on the global market – every change in the euro exchange rate has an impact on our ability to export and of course puts new pressure on our competitiveness. I personally don't see the trade surplus per se as so dramatic… and if the trade surplus goes down now, it is part of things that we don't have any influence on at all.feedback

Angela Merkel

LOOK BEYOND OUR OWN BACKYARD. Europe has not yet done its homework. We will only be able to live in prosperity and security if we look beyond our own backyard and take into account the economic development of our neighbourhood. I would like to have better ties with Turkey but we have to look at reality... This is a very complicated phase in our relations. ...The rule of law in Poland - that's a serious issue because the requirements for cooperation within the European Union are the principles of the rule of law.feedback

Angela Merkel

Taking holidays in the country in which you are being persecuted is not on.feedback

Volker Wieland

It's not that there are no issues to discuss, I think there's a danger that Germany is too complacent, is falling asleep on the steering wheel, not facing the new challenges on how to keep our economy fit for the future.feedback

Volker Wieland

I understand he needs to get more attention on the campaign but I don't think that's going to be the road to success.feedback

Ute Lemper

They held me back at the border once because my Green Card [which allows her to live and work in the States as a foreign national] was on extension. So they didn't accept the stamp in my passport.feedback

Ute Lemper

She was really outraged about the refugee crisis, so she stood for a policy that had some humanity. She has built villages out of nowhere to host the refugees, to give them education immediately, to find ways to assimilate them into the society, beyond their background. She did really good stuff – a clever, intellectual woman with her heart in the right place. And she's not even a liberal. She's a conservative.feedback

Angela Merkel

That some countries refuse to accept any refugees is not on. That contradicts the spirit of Europe. We'll overcome that. It will take time and patience but we will succeed.feedback

Martin Schulz - European Parliament

I want to reach those undecided people. And if I can do that, then I can win the parliamentary elections. She is using the infrastructure of the state to fly to her campaign events at a bargain price. More and more people are seeing this as a kind of aloofness that is already playing a big role in this campaign and will mobilise my voters. I don't want to continue the grand coalition. If she wants to come in under my leadership with the CDU as junior partner, then we can see. But I don't think they want to continue the grand coalition either.feedback

Angela Merkel

It was an extraordinary situation and I made my decision based on what I thought was right from a political and humanitarian standpoint. I'd make all the important decisions of 2015 the same way again. For some time we didn't have enough control. No one wants a repeat of last year's situation, including me. It's important that we don't go out of our way to avoid certain areas only because there are a bunch of people screaming.feedback

Angela Merkel

We're a democracy and everyone can freely express themselves in public the way they want. It's important that we don't go out of our way to avoid certain areas only because there are a bunch of people screaming. No one wants a repeat of last year's situation, including me.feedback

Angela Merkel

Diversity makes us strong in Germany and that's something we want to maintain.feedback

Angela Merkel

I hope you were able to understand some of that even though some of you out there kept on yelling. Some believe the problems in Germany can be fixed by screaming - but I don't think so and the majority of the people here don't think so either. Some people can't do anything else but scream and shout - but we're not going to let them lead us astray.feedback

Carsten Nickel

The topic is still smoldering in the background and for me this is one of the wildcards to look for.feedback

Carsten Nickel

The idea with asymmetric demobilization is that you keep political discussion generally at a low-level in order to not provide any point of entry or attack for the opponent. She cashes in on topics that the SPD would otherwise claim for themselves.feedback

Peter Stuhlfauth

I love life in Haßloch. And the thing is, I'd really like it to stay like it is.feedback

Peter Stuhlfauth

We used to laugh at the standard of Poland's roads. Now it's the other way round.feedback

Dieter Schuhmacher

Of course some people want to talk about Berlin, Brussels or Trump in Washington, but mostly the conversation came back to Haßloch, and what people perceive is going right or wrong here.feedback

Peter Stuhlfauth

They [burglaries] are mainly carried out by bands of eastern Europeans, and we've had 15 already this year, not including garden shed break-ins. We have a clear-up rate of just one in seven. Of those we catch, most just get let off with a caution.feedback

Julia Willeke

Now I'd like to know who's going to pay for the mistakes that were made. I don't see why it should be me.feedback

Peter Stuhlfauth

I cannot be labelled a rabble-rouser for wanting criminals to be locked up and our borders properly controlled. It's what most sensible people want.feedback

Ulla Koob

She exudes calm. She doesn't make any hasty decisions. She gets on well with France, she's good at working things out with England. She's smart enough to let Trump do the talking. She brings equilibrium at a time of uncertainty.feedback

Jannette Schule

It seems possible for Angela to find money to feed, clothe and house millions of refugees, but not to fix our Badepark.feedback

Ulla Koob

There are lots of lonely people here. It is not really something that's discussed by politicians, I wish it was.feedback

Jürgen Vogt

If someone feels the problems when he opens his or her front door, they won't be thinking as far as Berlin or beyond when they put their cross in the box, but much closer to home.feedback

Angela Merkel

I don't intend to take any posts in industry once I am no longer chancellor, but I am first fully concentrated on the election and the fact that I would like to be chancellor again.feedback

Angela Merkel

We need diesel if we are to achieve our climate protection goals.feedback

Angela Merkel

No I don't think this is fair. I don't know how the automotive industry is going to respond. They have supervisory boards on which union representatives sit and I think there should be a more sensitive approach (to executive bonuses).feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

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 democracy.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

I am calling on all my countrymen in Germany... the Christian Democrats (CDU), SDP, the Green Party are all enemies of Turkey. Support those political parties who are not enemies of Turkey. I call on them not to vote for those parties who have been engaged in such aggressive, disrespectful attitudes against Turkey, and I invite them to teach a lesson to those political parties at the ballot box.feedback

Angela Merkel

It is racist, far-right violence and clear, forceful action must be taken against it, regardless of where in the world it happens. Before we point our fingers at others, we need to take care of that which is happening at home. Of course that country is torn.feedback

Angela Merkel

I haven't abandoned the target. It's simply that we must do more, otherwise we won't reach the goal.feedback

Josef Janning

AfD presence will contribute to moves among CDU and CSU to better cover their conservative wing. The CDU, which has moved to the center with Merkel effectively occupying ground formerly held by conservative SPD, will likely move to the right.feedback

David Lea - Control Risks

I do think it's possible that (Merkel) steps down, but that would be as much from her own volition as anyone else's.feedback

Josef Janning

For Merkel, any announcement of her not to serve for the full term would immediately weaken her standing as Chancellor. So, she will not give any advance warning, should she be willing to abdicate at some point.feedback

Martin Schulz - European Parliament

The zig zag course of Mrs. Merkel has unsettled unions and has left it unclear that those who caused this crisis will be held responsible.feedback

Martin Schulz - European Parliament

Consumers need certainty that they will not be made to pay for the mistakes of the carmakers and their wheeling and dealing with political organizations, or even agencies of the German government.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

Trump and Kim must immediately wind down the war of rhetoric, as the German chancellor Angela Merkel has demanded. The risks of an unintended escalation into full-blown conflict are too great for the whole world. We cannot play fast and loose with nuclear weapons and nuclear threats. Our government must press for measured responses to bring the temperature down. Our government must not drag our country into any military action over the Korea crisis, including joint exercises.feedback

Angela Merkel

Large parts of the automotive industry have lost trust on an unbelievable scale. There needs to be action. Where things are swept under the table, or where emissions tests are exploited to the point where they're unrecognisable, that destroys trust. The greatest security, the greatest peace project for us, is the European Union. Today, we have 44m people in work in Germany, which are really great figures.feedback

Angela Merkel

The way things were swept under the rug or where loopholes in emissions tests were massively exploited to the point they were unrecognisable, that destroys trust.feedback

Alexander Wallasch

What is wrong with German voters? How can it be that the CDU with Angela Merkel at the helm is currently enjoying 40% support? Is it just a lack of alternatives?feedback

Angela Merkel

I do not see a military solution to this conflict, rather I see continuous work, like we have seen in the UN Security Council with members with resolutions in view of North Korea, and above all very close cooperation with affected countries, especially the United States and China, but also South Korea, of course Japan. Germany will be intensively involved with potential solutions that we see, not of a military manner. But the escalation of rhetoric I hold as the wrong answer.feedback

Torsten Schneider-Haase

For the right-wing party AfD, the good times are over. Gone are the days of their 14 percent.feedback

Torsten Schneider-Haase

The difference between the CDU and the SPD is quite great. These numbers will not be the same in two months but the difference remains great.feedback

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