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If there's one thing we Social Democrats have learned, it's this: We should not enter coalition again without controlling the finance ministry.feedback
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Jul 21 2017
The latest person who has talked about Christian Democratic Union of Germany is Angela Merkel: “For many people, including myself, something changed when we saw the Britons want to leave, when we were worried about the outcome of the elections in France and the Netherlands. But we have realized in the past few months that Europe is more than just bureaucracy and economic regulation, that Europe and living together in the European Union have something to do with war and peace, that the decades of peace after World War Two would have been completely unthinkable without the European Union.”. You’ll find on this page all the other quotes of Angela Merkel and all the other people that have spoken about Christian Democratic Union of Germany. You can select these people and their quotes by date, by name, and you can easily have access to the articles from which they originated.
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Donald J. Trump

When I left Conference Room for short meetings with Japan and other countries, I asked Ivanka to hold seat. Very standard. Angela M [German Chancellor Angela Merkel] agrees! If Chelsea Clinton were asked to hold the seat for her mother, as her mother gave our country away, the Fake News would say CHELSEA FOR PRES!feedback

Robert Hannigan - Government Communications Headquarters

Yes, there is a disproportionate amount of mayhem in cyberspace coming from Russia, from state activity. President Macron and Angela Merkel have called this out recently – attacks on major democratic institutions right through major organised cyber-criminal groups, many of which are based in Russia. Starting to talk about it is good - calling it out. Improving our defences is obviously really important. But ultimately people will have to push back against Russian state activity and show that it's unacceptable.feedback

Donald J. Trump

When I left Conference Room for short meetings with Japan and other countries, I asked Ivanka to hold seat. Very standard. Angela M [Merkel] agrees!feedback

Andrew Steer - World Resources Institute

In the end, it was a landslide victory for countries voicing support for global climate action. Chancellor Merkel demonstrated deft leadership in rallying 19 of the world's largest economies to deliver an unmistakable message behind climate action. The direction of travel toward clean energy is loud and clear. The question remains how quickly the world will surge forward and how far behind the Trump administration will let the United States fall.feedback

Angela Merkel

[While] compromise can only be found if we accommodate each other's views, we can also say, we differ. It will be very interesting to see how we formulate the communique tomorrow and make clear that, of course, there are different opinions in this area because the US regrettably [wants to withdraw].feedback

Kai Mertens

Merkel underestimated the protests. The least she can do now is come visit (the district of) Sternschanze and see the damage for herself. We are a very liberal district. But what they did here has nothing to do with the G20 or opposition to politics. They were hooligans and many were foreigners.feedback

Andy Grote

We have to expect everything, and we are expecting everything.feedback

Sri Mulyani Indrawati

There is quite a delicate balance that Angela Merkel will have to navigate in a way, because it is not clear that being confrontational won't just create even more of a credibility problem for G-20 cooperation.feedback

Jennifer Morgan - Greenpeace

Merkel, as the G-20 host, must not sacrifice ambition for unity. Instead, we need a G-19 commitment to climate action that demonstrates the intent to implement and even go beyond what 195 nations agreed to in Paris.feedback

Angela Merkel

On the other hand, as hosts we – and I – will do all we can to find compromises. There are various options, which can be discussed. We know that the United States have withdrawn. All others … or as far as I know, many, many others stand by this agreement.feedback

Angela Merkel

Let's see what we can accomplish together. I think that globalization can be managed so that it is a win-win situation, where there are winners there don't always have to be losers.feedback

Zhu Guangyao

The policies produced by the G20 should be by the consensus of all member states,'. No one should be excluded.''. China will firmly promote its policies taking more measures against climate change.feedback

Angela Merkel

We are united in our will to strengthen multilateral relations at the G20 summit... We need an open society, especially open trade flows.feedback

Klaus Brinkbaumer - Spiegel Gruppe

Merkel is clearly trying to figure out how to deal with Trump, and it isn't easy for her. She doesn't like to make news in speeches, but publicly, she's been more critical of Trump than I would have expected. Privately, the only obvious path is through the president's daughter, which is why she invited Ivanka to that conference in Berlin earlier this year. But even that doesn't seem to be working. German diplomats still don't know who to call in the State Department on serious issues, or even who their counterparts are in the White House.feedback

Thomas Kleine-Brockoff

At first, I think she thought she could manage him. After all, she's made a study of all these leaders – Putin, Bush, Obama. You could almost see her analyze Trump, run through the various scenarios and approaches for dealing with him. Now I think she realizes there aren't really any.feedback

Angela Merkel

While we are looking at the possibilities of cooperation to benefit everyone, globalization is seen by the American administration more as a process that is not about a win-win situation but about winners and losers. The United States made some of the worst Trade Deals in world history. Why should we continue these deals with countries that do not help us?feedback

Nicolas Loris

It's like trying to poke a bear. President Trump will stick to his convictions. I don't think any type of pressure from Merkel or any of the other 19 countries is going to change that.feedback

Xi Jinping

Chinese-German relations are now about to have a new start where we need new breakthroughs.feedback

Angela Merkel

As G20 president, it is my job to work on possibilities for agreement and not to contribute to a situation where a lack of communication prevails.feedback

H.R. McMaster

I'll just note that while in Hamburg, the President will meet with many world leaders, including Chancellor Merkel of Germany, the host of the G20, Prime Minister May of the United Kingdom, Prime Minister Abe of Japan, President Moon of South Korea, President Xi of China, President Putin of Russia, President Peña Nieto of Mexico, President Jokowi of Indonesia, and Prime Minister Lee of Singapore, among others. There's no specific agenda. It's really going to be whatever the president wants to talk about.feedback

Sven Giegold

Even though Juncker's behavior was totally inappropriate, he is right in one point: when heads of smaller E.U. countries speak in the plenary, it often seems to be of less interest compared to speeches held by bigshots like Merkel or Macron.feedback

Eberhard Sandschneider

Beijing views Europe as an Asian peninsula. We see it differently. Nevertheless, it is a fact that parts of German industry are dependent on China. So we need to deal with China's demands in a way that brings harmony and advantages for both sides.feedback

Jean-Claude Juncker - European Commission

If it had been Mrs Merkel or Mr Macron it would have been full house. The fact that there are only 30 MEPs present in this his debate only illustrates the fact that parliament is not serious. I'm putting that to you today.feedback

Sebastian Heilmann

For Beijing, the goal is to present itself as a generous, cooperative and friendly power, at home and abroad. It also serves to distract from politically controversial topics.feedback

Angela Merkel

I don't think we'll have unified positions on all issues at the end but it's sensible and honest to talk to each other on all issues of international diplomacy. We know certain positions that the American government holds and I don't expect that these positions will be abandoned as a result of a two-day trip to Hamburg.feedback

Angela Merkel

If we simply try to carry on as we have in the past, the worldwide developments will definitely not be sustainable and inclusive. We need the climate protection agreement, open markets and improved trade agreements in which consumer protection, social and environmental standards are upheld.feedback

Angela Merkel

It's not only going to be about (economic) growth but rather sustainable growth. We've got to have a 'win-win' situation for everyone. The issues obviously revolve around: how do we achieve inclusive or sustainable growth? What are we doing with our resources? What are the rules for distribution of wealth? How many people are taking part? And how many countries are able to profit from that. We need the climate protection agreement, open markets and improved trade agreements in which consumer protection, social and environmental standards are upheld.feedback

Angela Merkel

It was a long, intensive, and for many also an emotional discussion. That goes for me personally too. And I'm hopeful not only that there will be respect for either side's opinions, but that it will also bring about more peace and cohesion in society.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

The relationship with the United States is a long-term one and it is deep. I believe we must continue an intense dialogue with the United States because of these ties which are historic and enduring.feedback

Jens Spahn

I think Merkel herself was the most surprised by the developments of this week. Of course some colleagues are angry, but in the end, everybody recognizes that the time is ripe for a decision.feedback

John Dalhuisen - Amnesty International

Germany has become the 23rd country to recognize same-sex marriage and has sent a clear message to the world that gay and lesbian people should be entitled to the same rights as everyone else, and to full and equal protection of the law.feedback

Volker Beck

This is a historic day. It is really an amazing victory.feedback

Ian Austen

Canada Day remains the main event, and Ottawa is the place to celebrate. The government is promising that it will all be bigger and better for the special anniversary – except possibly the political speeches.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

We are telling Turkey that we are convinced that such an appearance in Germany is not possible. Our country is an open country, but we do not have the intention to allow that other countries' domestic conflicts be imported into our population. I explained weeks ago to my Turkish colleagues that we don't think that would be a good idea. I also said quite frankly that such an appearance would not be appropriate given the current adversarial situation with Turkey.feedback

Angela Merkel

There is nothing that can justify the fraudulent methods used to limit test values in the diesel area of some manufacturers that has damaged the whole diesel business. For many years we have appreciated diesel because it helped save fuel and CO2.feedback

Angela Merkel

Since the decision of the US to quit the Paris Climate Agreement, we are more determined than ever to make it successful. We must tackle this existential challenge, and we cannot wait until every last person on earth has been convinced of the scientific proof.feedback

Angela Merkel

We cannot expect easy discussions on climate change at the G20 summit. Our differences with the U.S. are clear. The Paris agreement is irreversible and it is not negotiable.feedback

Angela Merkel

It would be disingenuous if we tried to gloss over it. At any rate, I will not do that. We know that there will be protests, and that is more than legitimate in a democracy.feedback

Angela Merkel

Since the decision by the United States of America to quit the Paris climate accords, we are more determined than ever to make it a success.feedback

Angela Merkel

Whoever believes the problems of this world can be solved by isolationism and protectionism is making a tremendous error. We will and must take on this existential challenge, and we cannot and will not wait until every last person in the world can be convinced of climate change by scientific evidence. In other words: The climate treaty is irreversible and is not negotiable.feedback

Angela Merkel

The differences are obvious and it would be dishonest to try to cover that up. That I won't do. The European Union unconditionally stands by its agreement in Paris and will implement it speedily and with determination. Those who think that the problems of this world can be solved with isolationism or protectionism are terribly wrong.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

The German government does not have an anti-US strategy, but in America, there are strategists who are planning an anti-Europe, anti-German agenda. We do not want to forcefully separate the US from Europe. But what we don't want either is to appear like an appendage of US policies.feedback

Angela Merkel

The EU's unity is greater than some heated debates might suggest. The remaining EU-27 are well prepared for the Brexit negotiations. Those who believe that these problems can be solved with isolationism and protectionism are seriously misled. We are convinced that climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity, an existential challenge. We cannot wait to act until the science has convinced every last doubter.feedback

Ralf Stegner

(I) don't think that Angela Merkel will have it as easy as the last two times.feedback

Marc Benioff - Salesforce.com

We need to look to countries like Germany and Switzerland who have amazing apprenticeship programs and do this incredible next generation workforce development and that's really the advice that I have given most aggressively. I was in that meeting when Angela Merkel was at the White House with Donald Trump and I felt that the comments that were made by the media were actually quite overblown. I saw them getting along quite well together and I'm very optimistic about the continued (strong) relationship between both countries.feedback

Martin Schulz - European Parliament

We will push through marriage equality in Germany. This week. Angela Merkel made…a move yesterday and we are taking her at her word.feedback

Angela Merkel

If the state entrusts children to the care of such a couple, I can no longer argue so simply on the basis of children's welfare. I would like to lead the discussion more into a situation where it is a question of conscience rather than something I push through with a majority vote.feedback

Axel Hochrein

After 15 years of an ideological blockade ... social pressure and the commitments of other parties have made an impact. Equal rights for all people is part of our constitution.feedback

Volker Beck

This means she has nothing to win on the issue. Before getting trapped in this 'lose lose' situation, she has decided to step aside and say 'O.K., let's just decide in Parliament on the question of conscience, everyone is free to vote.feedback

Axel Hochrein

This shows that the political and social pressure on the government had become so big that she had to react. With three possible coalition partners now declaring that the opening of marriage must be in the coalition contract, perhaps she wants to solve the problem before it appears after the election.feedback

Angela Merkel

I use it sometimes ... then I enter Donald Trump on Twitter and I have it all.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

As Jacques Delors said, for Europe, we need a vision and a screwdriver. Unfortunately, we currently have a lot of screwdrivers but we are still lacking a vision.feedback

Charles Kupchan

I worry about that. The worst outcome is a revived European project that is in part about breaking with the United States.feedback

Natalie Nougayrède

With so much volatility in the Middle East, a quiet rapprochement is in everyone’s interest. Remember how, during the Brexit referendum campaign, voters were told that “millions of Turks” would swamp Europe and Britain if it didn’t get out? Government ministers went on TV to say Turkey’s accession to the EU was just on the horizon, as a result of a refugee deal brokered between Angela Merkel and the Turkish government. Brexiters assured audiences that visa liberalisation for Turks was looming: the hordes were at the gates. None of that happened, of course. Nor is it about to.feedback

Angela Bennett

Although you are trying to help, I don't feel reassured because I live on the 17th floor and as they said on the fire on Grenfell Towers, fire engines don't go up to the 17th floor, everyone at the top of that building died. I know you are trying to reassure us, but I don't feel reassured, because you are not doing enough to help at the moment. You can walk away to your houses, or wherever you live, we have got to sleep in our beds every night knowing what's going to happen to us in these flats. You need to do more and you need to do it now.feedback

Peter Tauber

Because we are in times when right-wing populists are stronger and we don't want to leave patriotism to these people.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

National egotisms are slow poisons that bring about the weakening of democracies and a collective inability to rise up to our historic challenge. I know the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, is conscious of that.feedback

Angela Merkel

There's not just trade - it must be based on rules and needs to be fair.feedback

Angela Merkel

I don't think that changes anything about the arguments in favour of this accord ... so we need to continue with this but I think we have set out an ambitious path and implementing that is now the most important task.feedback

Angela Merkel

Open markets and free, fair sustainable and inclusive trade is a key focus of our G20 presidency. We'll do all we can to get as broad an agreement on this as possible in Hamburg. Given the new American administration that's not easy but nonetheless we need to make the effort.feedback

Angela Merkel

We know that, regrettably, the United States is leaving this accord.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

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

Angela Merkel

It's inconceivable that one would do something on one side but not the other. We may have to pursue completely different paths in development policies.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

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

Sigmar Gabriel

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

Angela Merkel

We're ready on the European side. We'll see about the rest. The citizens have decided, and I assume that we will have to carry out these negotiations. The remaining 27 nations of the future European Union must represent our interests in a way that strengthens unity among the 27 and still maintains good relations with Britain.feedback

Angela Merkel

When Great Britain is ready, we are ready to negotiate. We have finalised guidelines, the plan and I assume that Great Britain, from what I have been told today, will respect the negotiations calendar. We want to do it quickly, respecting the timetable and I don't see any obstacle in the way of finalising the negotiations.feedback

Angela Merkel

For us, it is clear that the Paris agreement is a cornerstone for cooperation in the world. I believe we must take even more decisive action in Germany and Europe to join forces to combat climate change.feedback

Alexander Radwan

When I speak to carmakers in Germany – especially in Bavaria – so BMW (for example), they tell me the U.K. market is so important for them and then I ask them the question, what is more important… a working European market or the U.K. market? I think they have a preference for the European market and not to the U.K. market and this is the benchmark we have to look at with all deals.feedback

Angela Merkel

If we work together with you to help your countries, then we also create more security for ourselves and we can put a stop to people illegally profiting from the fate of others.feedback

Angela Merkel

If the lack of hope is too great in Africa, then of course there will be young people who believe they have to seek a new life somewhere else in the world.feedback

Angela Merkel

I hope these talks are a big success. And I'd like to offer thanks that the interests of German companies are also being taken into consideration.feedback

Angela Merkel

I assume that Britain, from what I heard from the Prime Minister today, wants to stick to its negotiating plan. We want to negotiate quickly, we want to stick to the time plan, and so at this point I don't think there is anything to suggest these negotiations cannot start as was agreed.feedback

Angela Merkel

Britain is a member of NATO, so we have a lot of shared challenges to deal with, and that's the spirit we want to carry out these negotiations in. But obviously while also asserting the interests of the 27 member states that will make up the European Union in future.feedback

Angela Merkel

There will be issues where not everyone gets what we want. Germany is looking for allies on issues that are important to us. Because if I talk with someone, I can no longer simply say he is stupid.feedback

Angela Merkel

The finance minister will assess the ruling and implement it, but first we should wait for that assessment and then Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble will make his proposals. I don't think our main targets will be at risk.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

With Angela Merkel, we can discuss football and Brexit. I want to say to her that I like the German fanbase model [of running football clubs]. Then I'll invite her to come and watch Arsenal.feedback

Angela Merkel

I am so moved and enthused that so many states and enterprises in the United States of America want to travel this path with us. We will travel it together.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

Climate change is undeniable. I urge all the governments around the world to stay the course, to remain committed to the implementation of the Paris Agreement to the benefit of all of us. And in relation to U.S. society, I am deeply convinced that states, cities, the business community, the civil society, will also remain engaged, will bet on the green economy.feedback

Angela Merkel

We will gather all our strength – in Germany, in Europe and in the world – to meet the great challenges of humanity, like climate change, and to successfully master these challenges. For all for whom the future of this planet is important, I say: Let us continue along this path together, so that we are successful for our Mother Earth. The path, there is no doubt about it, is rocky. I have known that ever since I started in politics. But I am also convinced, if I look back at these more than 20 years, that the path is irreversible.feedback

Peter Altmaier

It's sad that one of the most important allies in climate protection is pulling out with a single stroke of the pen. That's why I'm convinced that this path will continue, that the deal will survive.feedback

Carsten Brzeski - ING-DiBa

Everything would depend on the responsibilities and powers such a euro zone finance minister would receive. Would be a representative role or would it come together with a euro zone budget. Latest comments from Merkel and Macron have given hope that the Franco-German axis could really revive further integration of the euro zone. However, the coming days will show whether it was only words or whether particularly the Germans are willing to put their money where their mouth is.feedback

Dieter Borchmeyer

The definition of what is German used to be only based on culture, since politically Germany didn't exist until 1871. This explains the uncertainty when it comes to determining what is German.feedback

Jens Spahn

German society due to the migration of recent years has a need to reassure itself and to define what's indispensable for it. A healthy patriotism . . . is something that Germans are struggling with based on their history, something they are slowly and carefully developing. People who think their wife should be fully veiled should go find another country. I don't want to see fully veiled women. Those who want that should stay in Saudi Arabia.feedback

Angela Merkel

That's of huge importance and in no way directed against any other relationships and certainly not against the trans-Atlantic ties, which have historically been very important for us and will remain so in future. For that reason, it's important to us that we make progress on the German-Indian, or rather EU-Indian free trade agreement.feedback

Daniel W. Drezner

What's truly impressive about [State's] silence is the apparent lack of comprehension by Trump's foreign policy team about why Merkel would have fired these shots. Trump's ignorant rhetoric and brash demeanor virtually guarantee that elected leaders in large advanced industrialized democracies will benefit from resisting Trump.feedback

Angela Merkel

Here is a situation where it's six, seven if you include the EU, against one. That means there are so far no signs whether the United States of America will remain in the Paris agreement or not.feedback

Sylke Tempel

You don't want to be sitting too comfortably in Trump's boat, or in Trump's boat at all, because Trump's not liked here.feedback

Stephan Bierling

Europeans think they are now being treated worse by Trump than countries like Russia or Saudi Arabia. Given her experience with the Cold War, Merkel has long upheld and defended American ideals. But the belief in shared values has been shattered by the Trump administration.feedback

Frederick Trump

We have a MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany, plus they pay FAR LESS than they should on NATO & military. Very bad for U.S. This will change.feedback

Angela Merkel

We also know that we Europeans must really take our fate into our own hands. It became clear at the G7, when there was no agreement with the USA, how long and rocky this path would be. I think it was good not to gloss over the differences. Anyone who today puts on national blinkers and no longer has eyes for the world around him is, I am convinced, ultimately out on a limb.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

Anyone who accelerates climate change by weakening environmental protection, who sells more weapons in conflict zones and who does not want to politically resolve religious conflicts is putting peace in Europe at risk. The Trump administration wants to terminate climate agreements, wants to enforce military action in crisis regions and won't allow people from certain religious circles to enter the US. The West has become smaller, at least it has become weaker. The shortsighted policies of the American government stand against the interests of the European Union.feedback

Sylke Tempel

I've never seen her in 12 years give up on anything. She's someone who is very sober about the guys with the big agendas and big egos, be it (Russian President Vladimir) Putin, be it (Turkish President Recep Tayyip) Erdogan, be it Trump.feedback

Juergen Hardt

Never before has there been so much uncertainty about the political course, and so many contradictions in the president's statements, four months after the inauguration of a new U.S. president. That weakens America and irritates its partners.feedback

Martin Schulz - European Parliament

Europe is the answer, and stronger co-operation between the European countries at all levels is the answer to Donald Trump. And above all else, we must not submit to Trump's arms-race logic.feedback

Steffen Seibert

[They] are a strong pillar of our foreign and security policy, and Germany will continue working to strengthen these relations. Precisely because they are so important, it's right to name differences honestly. Speaks for itself.feedback

Ewald Nowotny

No. I have to say, this is an advantage that central banks have relative to the governments... Fortunately central banks are independent and not dependent on the short-term political discussions.feedback

Elmar Thevessen

Merkel sent a very important signal. Solidarity for Donald Trump is a commodity, only available with advance payment. I am not a psychologist, but am judging as a political scientist and journalist: this U.S. president is dangerous. We Europeans can do nothing against it.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Just returned from Europe. Trip was a great success for America. Hard work but big results. It is my opinion that many of the leaks coming out of the White House are fabricated lies made up by the #FakeNews media. Whenever you see the words 'sources say' in the fake news media, and they don't mention names… it is very possible that those sources don't exist but are made up by fake news writers. #FakeNews is the enemy! Does anyone notice how the Montana Congressional race was such a big deal to Dems & Fake News until the Republican won? V was poorly covered.feedback

Sylke Tempel

She feels there is a turning point - trans-Atlantic relations won't be the relations we've seen over the last decades. Trump accelerates it, but it was to be expected.feedback

Natalie Nougayrède

The US president’s tour was a stark reminder of how he embodies everything the EU is meant to stand up against. Donald Trump’s visit to Europe has left the continent’s leaders both aghast and determined to make the best of a bad situation. There is, after all, nothing that brings people together better than having to confront a common problem. So goes the theory, at least.feedback

Amber Rudd

As we begin the negotiations about leaving the EU, we will be able to reassure Germany and other European countries that we are going to be a strong partner to them in defence and security, and, we hope, in trade. We can reassure Mrs Merkel that we want to have a deep and special partnership so that we can continue to maintain European-wide security to keep us all safe from the terrorists abroad and those that are trying to be nurtured in our country.feedback

Suzanne Moore

There’s a statesmanship – a vision, a morality and a core – to her that was thrown into sharp relief by Donald Trump’s shambling visit to Europe. Angela Merkel – or “leader of the free world” as she is now to be known – did not wait long to see the back of Donald Trump before she made it clear that things have changed. She told a rally of 2,500 people in Munich where she kicked off her campaign to be re-elected that the EU must now be prepared to look after itself, that it could no longer depend on the UK or America. “The times in which we could completely depend on others are, to a certain extent, over … I’ve experienced that in the last few days. We Europeans have to take fate into our own hands.”.feedback

Richard Haass

Merkel saying Europe cannot rely on others & needs to take matters into its own hands is a watershed -- & what US has sought to avoid since WW2.feedback

Steffen Seibert

It was a deeply convinced trans-Atlanticist who spoke. Those of you who have reported on the chancellor for a long time will know how important German-American relations are to her. They are a firm pillar of our foreign and security policy, and Germany will continue to work to strengthen these relations. Because trans-Atlantic relations are so important to this chancellor, it is right from her viewpoint to speak out honestly about differences.feedback

Angela Merkel

The times in which we could completely depend on others are on the way out. I've experienced that in the last few days. We Europeans truly have to take our fate into our own hands. There are no indications whether the United States will stay in the Paris Agreement or not. Where Germany can help, Germany will help, because Germany can only do well if Europe is doing well.feedback

Donald Tusk - European Council

Look at the millions of cars that they are selling in the United States. It's horrible. We'll stop it.feedback

Barack Obama

Look I am very proud of the work I did as president. When you get involved in public life you have to recognize that you never achieve a 100 % of what you want. This is a human enterprise. And so inevitably it is flawed and what you try to do is to work with others who share your values and share your vision to try to make things better – understanding that you won't make things perfect.feedback

Angela Merkel

We are responsible for each other. I am trying to convince doubters. There is still work to do.feedback

Frank Bainimarama

We have an elephant in the room. That is uncertainty over the position of the United States.feedback

Jean-Claude Juncker - European Commission

It breaks my heart to think that, once again, terrorism has sought to instil fear where there should be joy, to sow division where young people and families should be coming together in celebration. Today we mourn with you. Tomorrow we will work side by side with you to fight back against those who seek to destroy our way of life. These cowardly attacks will only strengthen our commitment to work together to defeat the perpetrators of such vile acts. Today we all express our solidarity with the victims of the terrible Manchester terrorist attack.feedback

Omer Esiner - Commonwealth Foreign Exchange

I think it is a continuation of the move we have seen since mid-April, . The dollar's broad declines are driven by the increasingly mixed tone to U.S. economic data, which has led to investors questioning the extent to which the Fed will be raising rates this year. The political climate is also acting as a key headwind for the dollar.feedback

Georgette Boele

The thing with euro/dollar is that you have quite a positive mood on the euro at the moment. And when Merkel makes comments that the euro is probably too low, then this is taken as another positive reason to push it higher.feedback

Erik Nelson - Wells Fargo

Generally speaking, we still have a constructive view on the dollar but in light of some of the recent weakness we certainly have to contemplate how lasting could this impact from fiscal policy, or lack thereof, be for the currency markets.feedback

Marc Chandler - Brown Brothers Harriman

The key issue is about trade and protectionism. I don't think anything changes. I'd say G-7 heads of state has nice photos, but substance, not so much. The meetings are important. Trump is still an unknown quantity for Europe.feedback

Boris Schlossberg

It definitely lit a fuse under the euro today. At this point...they can afford to have a little bit of a stronger euro. I think she's just playing politics with Trump, and saying we're doing our part. I think she's just giving it lip service. The last thing she wants is a strong euro. She realizes the euro needs to be around these levels for a long time for the European economy to heal.feedback

Omer Esiner - Commonwealth Foreign Exchange

At best now, this is likely to result in a very low chance for a bold fiscal package any time soon.feedback

Manuel Oliveri - Crédit Agricole

It did have an impact on the euro (but) one does have to bear in mind that she did state the obvious. The ECB's monetary policy stance is targeting the euro zone as a whole, so it's no surprise that Germany is in a better position as compared to other euro nations. From that point of view her comments should not ... have a sustainable currency impact.feedback

Angela Merkel

We need long-term horizons and companies that invest in the future. It is important that electric mobility is ready for the market as quickly as possible. This should be a lesson for technology policy. We don't want to experience that again. If we are involved in research and in prototypes, there is a better chance of bringing the production of the next generation of cells to Europe or to Germany.feedback

Bjarne Schieldrop - SEB Bank

The decision (to extend cuts) seems to be almost a done deal. There seems to be a very high harmony in the group. If you cut production, it's no free lunch. You get something in the short term, but you get a backflip in the medium term, which is more production in 2018 and 2019.feedback

Alvin Tan

Last week was all about U.S. uncertainty but we have had a reminder that Europe still has plenty of uncertainty too.feedback

Angela Merkel

The euro is too weak -- that's because of ECB policy -- and so German products are cheap in relative terms, so they're sold more.feedback

Deiter Zetsche - Daimler

The auto industry faces a fundamental transformation. Technical change cannot be stopped, with or without the German car industry and I think it would be better with us.feedback

Angela Merkel

If the British government ends the free movement of people, that will have its price. Currently, the 250,000 pets, cats and dogs that travel from Britain to the continent or the other way around each year are managed within an EU framework. Now they'll need hygiene certificates – things we don't even remember.feedback

Angela Merkel

If the British government ends the free movement of people, that will have its price in relations with Britain. That's not malicious. But you cannot expect to enjoy all the benefits and then say there will be an upper limit of 100,000 or 200,000 EU citizens, no more, or we'll only accept researchers, but nobody else. This will not work. We would have to think about what restrictions we could create from the European side to compensate for that. The British car industry relies on supplies from continental European countries. It is up to the British side, who say they want minimum disruption.feedback

Angela Merkel

We have to think about how we would react, because of course the competition field can shift.feedback

Angela Merkel

We will not achieve this target the way it looks at the moment.feedback

Jane Foley - Rabobank International

(President) Macron's choice of a Republican prime minister will have boosted his chances of a parliamentary majority next month. The common ground between him and (Chancellor Angela) Merkel as noted in Monday's meeting and the chancellor's election success in regional elections at the weekend are all EUR positive factors. Indeed, the better political backdrop in Europe is in contrast to the latest scandal involving (President Donald) Trump and Russia.feedback

Florian Hense - Berenberg

Macron and Merkel seemed more aligned than I expected, with Merkel even saying she wouldn't exclude treaty changes, which the market welcomed. The axis between Germany and France is even more crucial over the next couple of years because if the two don't sit together and reform the euro zone, we are probably going to have Le Pen in five years' time again.feedback

Peter Wittig

We feel there is now a productive working relationship.feedback

Robin Niblett - Chatham House

You simply can't afford to put all your eggs in one basket with this administration. Trump is on one day and off the other. One day you have a deal and the next day you don't. You have to hedge. And you have to cover yourself at home because he can dump you in it at any moment.feedback

Roger Cohen - The New York Times

After Le Pen’s European suicide, Macron and Merkel have an opportunity to renew the idea of Union.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

The French agenda will be an agenda of reform in the coming months, in economic, social and educational terms. Not because Europe requests it, but because France needs it. I will always be a frank, direct and constructive partner, because I think the success of our two countries is deeply linked, and that the whole success of Europe depends on that.feedback

Constanze Stelzenmüller

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has pulled off a political hat-trick that only a few months ago seemed unthinkable.feedback

Wolfgang Schäuble

A community cannot exist without the strong vouching for the weaker ones. Such a wide-reaching change requires changes to the European treaties. And there are not many who believe this is realistic at the moment.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

For us there are no such taboos. I will reform not because Europe asks for it, but because France needs it. I am not in favour of collectivising debts of the past. It leads to an irresponsible politics.feedback

Natalie Nougayrède

Macron’s election victory boosted Merkel’s position too. A new Franco-German partnership could reinvigorate both countries. As Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron warmly embraced in Berlin on Monday, one widespread narrative was that, for all the Frenchman’s chutzpah, he was the much weaker partner. Here was an untested newcomer seeking favours from Europe’s most powerful leader. Here was the president of a troubled France, sitting down with a German chancellor whose national economy keeps barrelling ahead and whose personal clout seems all but invincible.feedback

Marine Le Pen

This is the sacred alliance of the old right and left, united in their wish to remain in place at any price.feedback

Karl-Rudolf Korte

They need to develop ideas for the future that ignite enthusiasm and mobilise voters, not just on social justice.feedback

Josef Joffe

Merkel has risen from the ashes of 2016 when she was widely criticized for her open-arms policy on the refugees. All seems forgiven. I have no doubt that her party will come out as the strongest in September, that she will gain a fourth term.... So four more years.feedback

Katarina Barley

This is a bitter day for the Social Democrats. It is our heartland. Losing it is particularly bitter.feedback

Ralf Stegner

The SPD boxer has suffered a body blow, but he's still standing.feedback

Alexander Krueger - Bankhaus Lampe

A boom without end in Germany ... and despite all the risks. However, it should be noted that the economy would be humming less without the support of interest rates, which are too low for Germany.feedback

Anton Boerner

Unemployment is low, publics finances are sound, tax revenues are soaring - and countries like France, Italy and Spain also benefit from our success thanks to rising imports of intermediate goods.feedback

Constanze Stelzenmüller

Emmanuel Macron’s victory in the French presidential elections and a conservative upset win in a bellwether German regional election, both on Sunday, have produced an unexpected third winner: Angela Merkel.feedback

Norbert Röttgen

If we can get economic reforms in France, it will be worth paying a price in terms of allowing greater economic flexibility [in the eurozone].feedback

Janis Emmanouilidis

If you see it now from the German perspective, there's huge relief in Berlin that he became president but there still is a certain degree of fear that he won't be able to reform his own country.feedback

Sylvie Goulard

Each of the partners has to take its responsibility. We have to take ours and they have to take theirs.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

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

Angela Merkel

German support cannot replace French policymaking. Emmanuel Macron carries the hopes of millions of French people and also of very many people in Germany and in the whole of Europe… (but) I don't see why – as a priority – we should change our policy.feedback

Angela Merkel

Emmanuel Macron carries the hopes of millions of French people and also many in Germany and across Europe.feedback

Angela Merkel

Emmanuel Macron carries the hopes of millions of people in France as well as people in Germany and across Europe. His election campaign was brave and pro-Europe. He stands for cosmopolitanism and social market economy and we know that Germany and France are bound together historically.feedback

Theresa May

Yesterday a French president was elected. He was elected with a strong mandate which he can take as a strong position in the negotiations. The UK, we need to ensure we've got an equally strong mandate and an equally strong negotiating position. Every vote for me and my team will strengthen my hand in those Brexit negotiations.feedback

Stefan Kornelius - Süddeutsche Zeitung

To be competitive again, France has to reform and kick-start its economy, and the big question is whether Germany and Merkel can help. There will be encouragement but no quick prize for Macron. Just pouring money into those stagnating economies is something she's refused to do for eight years, and she won't change now.feedback

Vivienne Walt

[German Chancellor Angela] Merkel could win her election this year but she won't be around forever and Macron is very young. He could represent a new era of leadership now just in France but also in Europe.feedback

Simon Richards

Macron evidently likes older women, so he'll make an excellent lapdog for Angela Merkel.feedback

Marine Le Pen

That's the France you want. In any case, France will be led by a woman: Either me or Mrs. Merkel.feedback

Marine Le Pen

Either way France will be led by a woman; either me or Madame Merkel. We have no reason to be in a cold war with Russia. You're interrupting me about every 10 seconds. I sense you're a bit exasperated.feedback

Vladimir Putin

Our law enforcement and judicial organs act within the framework of the laws that exist in Russia and will continue to act in that way, observing order and discipline.feedback

Angela Merkel

I have, in my talks with the Russian president, indicated how important is the right to demonstrate in a civil society and how important the role of NGOs [non-governmental organizations] is. I also spoke about the very negative report about what is happening to homosexuals in Chechnya and asked Mr president to exert his influence to ensure that minorities' rights are protected.feedback

Angela Merkel

We do not want isolation. We want open trade and to fight against protectionism. This will be a tough issue within the G20 negotiations, but when working on a political document, it would of course be a great support for us if the economies in all G20 countries supported it.feedback

Marine Le Pen

You won't do that. Either way France will be led by a woman; either me or Madame Merkel.feedback

Ursula von der Leyen

His behaviour, his thinking which he clearly laid on the table, is intolerable. Alarm bells should have been heard earlier so that he could not have climbed the career ladder in the German army.feedback

Vladimir Putin

Russia's law-enforcement bodies behave in a far more restrained manner than their colleagues in other European countries.feedback

Angela Merkel

I asked President Putin to use his influence to protect these minority rights. I have in my talks with the Russian president indicated how important the right to demonstrate is in a civil society and how important the role of NGOs is.feedback

Alvi Karimov

You cannot arrest or repress people who just don't exist in the republic. If such people existed in Chechnya, law enforcement would not have to worry about them since their own relatives would have sent them to where they could never return.feedback

Tanya Lokshina

This anti-gay purge, sanctioned by top local authorities, is unprecedented.feedback

Angela Merkel

We are 20 different countries, with 20 different political systems, with 20 different development levels. Everything must be unanimously approved. Anyone who tries to withdraw from international competition, can perhaps deliver short-term advantages. But over the medium- and long-term, their own capacity to innovate will be weakened.feedback

Angela Merkel

The existence of the G20 means that isolation and protectionism are dead-ends and not ways forward.feedback

Vladimir Putin

We cannot but use this visit to discuss bilateral relations and the most problematic points, by which I mean Ukraine and Syria and maybe some other regions.feedback

Angela Merkel

I am not an anxious person, I will fight the election on the basis of my convictions. We know cyber criminality is an international challenge .. but we expect that the German election will go ahead unharmed and that we have enough different positions to tackle a range of topics.feedback

Steffen Seibert

These are burdensome circumstances which cannot just be talked away.feedback

Angela Merkel

It is important to have the right to demonstrate in a democracy, and the role of NGOs is very important. I asked Mr Putin to utilise his influence to protect these minority rights, as well as in the case of Jehovah's Witnesses.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

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

Angela Merkel

Yes, he has that. We were in close contact during his visit to Israel.feedback

Yanis Varoufakis

From my first meeting with him, I regretted dearly that it was [Mr] Sapin who represented France in the Eurogroup and not [Mr] Macron, Had they swapped roles, things might have ended up differently.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

I do not want my generation to be the one responsible for Greece exiting Europe.feedback

Yanis Varoufakis

Merkel had heard him and, according to Emmanuel, ordered Hollande to keep Macron out of the Greek negotiations. Merkel's spell was every bit as powerful as I had imagined.feedback

Angela Merkel

Some in Great Britain still have illusions. Countries with a third country status - and that's what Great Britain will be - cannot and will not have the same or even more rights as a member of the European Union. You may think that all this is self-evident. But I have to put this so clearly because I get the impression that some in Great Britain still have illusions about this and that is a waste of time.feedback

Angela Merkel

I don't rule out that the negotiations over a trade deal with the U.S. will be revived one day.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

I hope Gabriel meets me on his next trip to Israel rather than a radical fringe group that undermines Israel's security. Foreign diplomats are welcome to meet with civil society activists and members of the opposition and anyone else they'd like. But my red line is that I will not meet diplomats who come to Israel and lend legitimacy to fringe radical groups that falsely accuse our soldiers of war crimes and undermine Israeli security. It was a particularly insensitive time to seek a meeting like this.feedback

Nadja Niesen

He is believed to have posed as a Syrian war refugee at the end of December 2015 using a false name. He is believed to then having asked for asylum with authorities in Bavaria before receiving accommodation at a Bavarian refugee centre.feedback

Angela Merkel

The time has come to talk very intensively about the relationship between the European Union and Turkey, but we must do that first among the 28 European Union members.feedback

Angela Merkel

The Turkish government must measure itself based on this report and answer the questions raised in it. We will very carefully follow how Turkey deals with reports of possible irregularities. We have to be smart and clear.feedback

Angela Merkel

We can only make a deal about Britain's future relationship to the EU once all questions about the terms of its exit can be clarified to a satisfying degree. That means the sooner the British government is prepared to find constructive solutions, the sooner we can engage with their desire to already talk during the exit negotiations about the future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union. But first we need to know how Great Britain sees its future relationship with us.feedback

Angela Merkel

In terms of substance and organization, we are very well prepared.feedback

Guntram Wolff - Bruegel

That is a very precarious message, which ultimately will not work. You cannot sell Europe on the feeling that leaving is painful. The one point where she was very clear, and very strict, was that we first have to finish the negotiations on the terms of exit itself, and only then talk about future relations.feedback

Louis Grech

All delegations agreed with the overall thrust of the guidelines and expressed their full support. We made it very clear in the guidelines that the single market is indivisible and [there] will not be cherrypicking.feedback

Inga Meyer

I think it's outrageous. Why does she have the power and the position to meet Angela Merkel?feedback

Angela Merkel

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.feedback

Dieter Kempf

Those who have trouble understanding how trade surpluses and globalization effects are created are invited to come here and take a look. We cannot let the four basic freedoms of the EU be diluted by special arrangements or cherry-picking.feedback

Margaritis Schinas - European Commission

The president considers that the real political negotiations on article 50 with the UK will start after the elections foreseen for the 8th of June. The negotiations were meant to start in June regardless of the UK government (election) decision.feedback

Elmar Brok

She could also become more unbending; we don't know. I hope the former will be the case. If it isn't a triumphant success, it will be to some extent a personal failure.feedback

Davy Rodriguez

We can't accept what [German Chancellor Angela] Merkel is doing to our country – to our national identity – by putting migrants all over the countryside. The E.U. is destroying Europe with mass immigration.feedback

Martin Schaefer

We have an interest ... in predictability and reliability, because we want to get this process done in the prescribed period of time and above all because we don't need upheaval in this negotiating process – either at the beginning or the end.feedback

Ulrike Demmer

The German government assumes that the negotiations can be continued without disruption.feedback

Angela Merkel

This naturally doesn't rule out that we have different opinions on some points, including on important questions.feedback

Martin Schulz - European Parliament

We are a strong and reliable member of NATO. What we need is not an upward spiral in armaments but rather disarmament initiatives. If I interpret this correctly, what was said is that this (goal) is something to strive for. It does not seem to me to be the overriding aim of German foreign policy to spend 20 billion (euros) or more per year to meet this goal and in the end to have a policy where, in the middle of Europe, there is an army armed to the teeth.feedback

Dalia Fenig

Jews, by being exiled, had to preserve their separate identities among the communities that they lived in. They had to have abstract boundaries and this concept of isolation is reflected in the novel. My character, Liat, embodies this fear of being lost. Having her identity swallowed by the loved one. The fact he is a Palestinian and she has this idea of herself – it reflects something important. You can take the girl out of the Middle East but you can't take the walls of the gate out of the girl. As a reason for not being taught, it was a good irony!feedback

Dorit Rabinyan

Art and literature are about a magical appeal to identity and empathy. How an identity in literature is transferred into your own identity so that you care for a fictional stranger so that you get into his skin and wear his gaze. This is what is so powerful. It is an antidote to the armoury we are requested to put on. This shield of ignorance and indifference and apathy. Because if you really sense everything, if you don't wear this shield, it is painful.feedback

Dorit Rabinyan

I received a call from the reporter on the Israeli newspaper Haaretz who would expose the whole affair. To be honest, we were laughing at first because the reasons given for rejecting the book seemed so absurd. That this book of mine was a threat to the Jewish separate identity. Because it might encourage young readers to get intimately involved with non-Jewish residents of the country.feedback

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

Olaf Scholz

In my opinion, the proposals are hardly compatible with the German constitution.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

Stephen Hawking

It is not scientific proof of gender equality that is required, but general acceptance that women are at least the equals of men or better. If we factor in high-power women in Europe as well, such as [German Chancellor] Angela Merkel, it seems we are witnessing a seismic shift for women to exceed to high-level positions in politics and society. I welcome these signs of women's liberation. But there may still be a gap between those women achieving high public status and those in the private sector.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

Thomas Oppermann

Martin Schulz is somebody with a clear attitude, with a fantastic authenticity. He is able to talk to the people and to touch people.feedback

Thomas Oppermann

It is incredible how Martin Schulz has changed the situation of the Social Democrats.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

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

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

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

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