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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
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NEW May 30 2017
Christian Democratic Union of Germany has been commented on by 211 key people in the news. You can find all of them on this page with their statements. People who have been most quoted about Christian Democratic Union of Germany are: Angela Merkel, Donald J. Trump, Martin Schulz and Marine Le Pen. For instance, the most recent quote from Angela Merkel is: “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.”.
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All quotes about Christian Democratic Union of Germany

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

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

There's no reason to wage a Cold War on Russia, but every reason to have relations with Russia – diplomatic, trade and strategic – because it's a great nation. I don't care what Russia's relationships with the US look like. 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

Donald J. Trump

Despite what you have heard from the FAKE NEWS, I had a GREAT meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Nevertheless, Germany owes…. …vast sums of money to NATO & the United States must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defense it provides to Germany! I reiterated to Chancellor Merkel our strong support for NATO, as well as the need for our NATO allies to pay their fair share for the cost of defense.feedback

Donald J. Trump

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

Angela Merkel

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

Donald J. Trump

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

Angela Merkel

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

Donald J. Trump

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

Donald J. Trump

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

Donald J. Trump

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

Donald J. Trump

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

Angela Merkel

It is only fair that both sides profit from the treaties they made. So in this spirit I would be happy if we could resume discussions between the European Union and the United States of America. We signed a trade agreement with Canada and I hope that we might get into a situation here where we can reopen the talks. But this is something we will discuss.feedback

Angela Merkel

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

Donald J. Trump

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

Donald J. Trump

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

Erik Wemple

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

Angela Merkel

If I was able to, I would turn back time by many, many years, so that I could have prepared the whole government and the authorities for the situation which hit us out of the blue in the late summer of 2015.feedback

Angela Merkel

I am deeply convinced that the trans-Atlantic partnership, based on common values, is in all of our interests, not only for us Europeans. I'll hold my talks with President Donald Trump in this spirit in the coming week.feedback

Jim Cramer

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

Joerg Forbrig

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

Constanze Stelzenmüller

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

Jeff Rathke

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

Juergen Hardt

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

Matthew Karnitschnig - Politico

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

Angela Merkel

Well, people are different. Sometimes, it's difficult to find compromises, but that's what we've been elected for. If everything just went like that without a problem, well, you don't need politicians to do these jobs. I am very glad to note that apparently the perspective on that has changed a little bit at least in Germany, too.feedback

Natalie Nougayrède

Today’s White House meeting could prove to be the most crucial for transatlantic relations since the end of the Soviet bloc. As close encounters go, this was bound to be a defining one. Angela Merkel, Europe’s most powerful, values-oriented, refugee-welcoming and Putin-resisting leader, finally met Donald Trump, potential wrecker of the west and liberal democracy.feedback

Justin Trudeau

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

Donald J. Trump

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

Angela Merkel

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

Constanze Stelzenmüller

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

Vladimir Putin

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

Angela Merkel

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

Daniela Schwarzer

The German chancellor is known for her ability not to spontaneously react emotionally to provocation and to choose a very moderate tone, even when critical situations occur. But, I think she has to prepare for a more confrontational style.feedback

Peter Wittig

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

Angela Merkel

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

Anthony Gardner

Europe is in a very fragile, precarious state and Germany is trying to ensure that the European integration project holds together. I suspect the chancellor will want to make this clear to the president. This is an opportunity to sketch out areas of common interest, to define a positive agenda. But one meeting won't change the atmosphere on its own.feedback

Charles Kupchan

Do I think they are going to become good friends? Probably not. They are very different personalities. But I do think they have a strong interest, both politically and strategically, in learning how to work together. It is arguably the most important meeting with a foreign leader of Trump's presidency.feedback

Sylke Tempel

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

Angela Merkel

Talking directly is always much better than talking about each other. That will be my motto on this visit, which I am looking forward to. I am deeply convinced that the trans-Atlantic partnership based on common values is in all of our interests, not only for us Europeans. I'll hold my talks with President Donald Trump in this spirit. Precisely because the nature of the trans-Atlantic relationship has changed, Europe has decided to take more responsibility in the future, both in our own neighborhood and beyond.feedback

Angela Merkel

Germany completely rejects rhetorical and any other comparisons with the National Socialists made by the Turkish president. This rejection is also valid for our allies, such as the Netherlands. These comparisons are completely misguided. They trivialize the suffering. Particularly in the Netherlands that endured so much agony through the National Socialists, it's just completely unacceptable. That's why the Netherlands can count on my complete support and solidarity on this.feedback

Angela Merkel

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

Josef Janning

Merkel wants to demonstrate to the political world in Germany and Europe that she can handle Trump. Merkel knows that it is part of Trump's strategy to try to intimidate negotiation partners. . . . Therefore, the chancellor needs to convey a certain coolness to show that this won't cut it with her.feedback

Harald Krueger - BMW

Free trade has only made this success story in the U.S. possible -- 70 percent of the automobiles produced here are exported.feedback

Joe Kaeser

What we are seeing worries us. America became great through immigrants...I hope that this great country will recall what has made it great.feedback

Angela Merkel

I believe that direct conversation is always much better than talking about each other.feedback

Angela Merkel

I am deeply convinced that the trans-Atlantic partnership based on common values is in all of our interests, not only for us Europeans. I'll hold my talks with President Donald Trump in this spirit. Precisely because the nature of the trans-Atlantic relationship has changed, Europe has decided to take more responsibility in the future, both in our own neighborhood and beyond.feedback

Joe Kaeser

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

Josef Janning

Merkel has a problem. She has been accused of licking Erdogan's feet and being blackmailed by him and being afraid to speak her mind. . . . The problem is that Erdogan can pretend not to need Germany, not to need the E.U. But Merkel cannot pretend to not need Turkey.feedback

Anthony Glees

So far Frau Merkel's attitude towards Trump has been seen as passive aggressive, Trump's attitude towards Merkel as active aggressive. They must cordially agree to disagree on past actions and past words, but to work together. There will be huge pressure from Trump's backroom guys to chum up to Frau Merkel. America needs a big friend in the EU and Britain, for obvious reasons, can't be that friend any longer.feedback

Peter Navarro

It's a serious issue. Germany is one of the most difficult trade deficits that we're going to have to deal with but we're thinking long and hard about that.feedback

Peter Navarro

It would be useful to have candid discussions with Germany about ways that we could possibly get that deficit reduced outside the boundaries and restrictions that they claim that they are under.feedback

Angela Merkel

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

Vince Cable - Stansted Airport

The Germans were incandescent. We think they even had [Angela] Merkel on the phone to persuade GM to reverse its decision.feedback

Juergen Hardt

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

Angela Merkel

Even if in parts of the world we see protectionist and nationalist approaches on the rise, Europe may never isolate, seal itself off or withdraw.feedback

Jörg Krämer - Commerzbank

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

Mevlut Cavusoglu

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

Ulf Porschardt

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

Angela Merkel

From our point of view, it is worth making every endeavour to advocate for German-Turkish relations but on the basis of our values and our expectations, and with clarity.feedback

Chrystia Freeland

I don't think it's a secret. American officials have publicly said and even (German Chancellor) Angela Merkel has publicly said that there were efforts on the Russian side to destabilize Western democracies, and I think it shouldn't come as a surprise if these same efforts were used against Canada.feedback

Angela Merkel

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

Binali Yildirim

If you mention a religion in the same sentence as terrorism, then the followers of that religion – in this case two billion people – will be offended. When you use the phrase 'Islamic terrorism,' all Muslims are offended. And at the moment, the Turkish public has a very negative opinion of the United States.feedback

Angela Merkel

I only found out through media reports. Nothing that I didn't already know based on the information from the transport minister and the media. I don't have any explanation for that.feedback

Chan-jo Jun

We have to decide whether we want to accept that Facebook can basically do whatever it wants or whether German law, and above all the removal of illegal contents in Germany, will be enforced. If we want that we need new laws.feedback

Angela Merkel

We must have the courage that some countries precede if not all want to participate: a Europe of different speeds is necessary, otherwise we will probably get stuck.feedback

Francois Hollande

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

Angela Merkel

There are profound differences of points of view between Germany and Turkey on the state of liberty of the press and opinion in Turkey, on the destiny of many more than a hundred journalists in prison – also the destiny of our compatriot, the journalist Deniz Yücel.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Germany, you are not even close to democracy. Your behaviour is no different from the Nazi practices of the past. I'll come tomorrow if I want to, and if you do not let me in, or try to stop me speaking, I'll start an insurrection.feedback

Steffen Seibert

Nazi comparisons are always absurd and out of place, because they only lead to trivialising of the Nazis' crimes against humanity. To our Turkish partners, let us talk openly and critically, but let us remember the special meaning of our close relationship and let cool heads prevail.feedback

Christian Kern

A collective EU ban would make sense so individual countries like Germany don't end up being pressured by Turkey.feedback

Judy Dempsey

Judy Dempsey is the author of the book “Das Phänomen Merkel” (Körber-Stiftung, 2013). She also edits the Carnegie Endowment’s Strategic Europe blog.feedback

Angela Merkel

We have reached concrete agreements on border control, Egypt has made suggestions on technical support. Further talks are needed on that, but on the point of border control, Germany is ready to offer further support.feedback

Mohammed Shaikhibrahim - Euronews

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

Judith Sunderland

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

Ralf Stegner

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

Achim Post

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

Johannes Kemper

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

Martin Schulz - European Parliament

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

Martin Schulz - European Parliament

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

Dietmar Bartsch

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

Steffen Seibert

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

Angela Merkel

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

Angela Merkel

We have at the moment in the euro zone of course a problem with the value of the euro. The ECB has a monetary policy that is not geared to Germany, rather it is tailored (to countries) from Portugal to Slovenia or Slovakia. If we still had the (German) D-Mark it would surely have a different value than the euro does at the moment. But this is an independent monetary policy over which I have no influence as German chancellor.feedback

Angela Merkel

When you look around the room and see how many iPhones and Apple products are in play, I think the vice president can be completely satisfied, and Fifth Avenue is still underpopulated with German cars.feedback

Angela Merkel

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

Angela Merkel

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

Pepijn Bergsen

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

Pepijn Bergsen

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

Pepijn Bergsen

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

Thomas De Maiziere

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

Angela Merkel

We believe this is necessary and we should do this because we want to be able to maintain the ability to help those who are entitled to humanitarian protection, who have also been legally recognised.feedback

Angela Merkel

For me it is not a matter of two speeds within the euro zone. The euro zone must remain together. And what we agreed on should be delivered together by all the euro member states.feedback

Jaroslaw Kaczynski

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

Thomas Nord

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

Jaroslaw Kaczynski

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

Sebastian Plociennik

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

Ryszard Petru

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

Angela Merkel

We have to see what the U.S. administration does and then we have to decide whether to react or not to react. I have often said that I support multilateralism and mutual trade agreements. I believe the world mastered the financial and banking crisis because we reacted together in the G20. It's in the German interest to ideally strengthen the similarities that both sides share from our side, from the cooperation of intelligence agencies to issues of defence.feedback

Angela Merkel

We will try to find common ground wherever possible. We will see issue by issue where we can cooperate and where we have different opinions, but it's in Germany's interest to strengthen the common ground there is.feedback

Angela Merkel

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

Horst Seehofer

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

Angela Merkel

We needed time to make sure about the question of whether what we have in common is viable, and I am convinced that it's better to take one day longer. I think we have enough time until Sept. 24 to set out this common ground to the population.feedback

Anas Modamani

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

Markus Soeder

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

Manfred Guellner

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

Donald J. Trump

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

Angela Merkel

I believe that the more we are clear on how we define our role in the world, the better we can manage our transatlantic relations, . That is why talking about Europe is on top of the agenda for me and not talking about other parts of the world.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

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

Angela Merkel

I have stated that the guilt must be individually identified. And we saw how the Turkish people defended democracy and democratic rule in Turkey. This is exactly why it is important in this critical phase to maintain freedom of expression.feedback

Gero Neugebauer

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

Ben Hodges

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

Dieter Janecek

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

Martin Schulz - European Parliament

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

Omid Nouripour

The German government must stand up for the over 100,000 German citizens who are affected by the order.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

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

Steffen Seibert

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

Angela Merkel

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

Beata Szydło

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

Donald J. Trump

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

Donald J. Trump

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