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Marc Chandler - Brown Brothers Harriman
The key would be not so much the German election, but the Italian election.feedback
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Apr 18 2017
German Politics has been commented on by 48 key people in the news. You can find all of them on this page with their statements. People who have been most quoted about German Politics are: Angela Merkel, Martin Schulz and Sigmar Gabriel. For instance, the most recent quote from Angela Merkel is: “We do not want any parallel societies, and where they exist we have to tackle them. Our laws have priority over honour codes, tribal and family rules, and over the Sharia… That also means that with inter-human communication, which plays a crucial role (here), we show our face. This is why the full-face veil is not appropriate and should be outlawed wherever it is legally possible – it does not belong to us.”.
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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

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

Torsten Schneider-Haase

Martin Schulz is managing above all to win back former SPD voters and to appeal to them emotionally. Such a strong shift in party preferences within a week is a one-off.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

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

Carsten Brzeski - ING-DiBa

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

Carsten Nickel

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

Martin Schulz - European Parliament

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

Sahra Wagenknecht

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

Alastair Winter

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

Jens Spahn

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

Angela Merkel

We do not want any parallel societies, and where they exist we have to tackle them. Our laws have priority over honour codes, tribal and family rules, and over the Sharia… That also means that with inter-human communication, which plays a crucial role (here), we show our face. This is why the full-face veil is not appropriate and should be outlawed wherever it is legally possible – it does not belong to us.feedback

Larissa Brunner - Oxford Analytica

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

KY Lin

Next year, we will have more shutdowns than this year. Normally we have to shut down one CDU and two RDS and sometimes one residual fluid catalytic cracker, but next year we will shut down the delayed coker and vacuum unit also.feedback

Fredrik Erixon

It was a move by Sigmar Gabriel (Germany's economy minister) in order to appease critics in his own party that wanted the SPD (The Social Democratic Party of Germany) to block CETA … Wallonia (the Belgium region) has just ended up in this fight because Gabriel thought he could solve an internal party problem and that other countries would not have troubles supporting CETA. Now it turns out he was not informed about Wallonian politics.feedback

Carsten Nickel

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

Carsten Nickel

The next signpost to watch will be whether the CSU officially backs Merkel in time for the December CDU federal conference. But even if the Bavarians delay their decision until early 2017, the lack of alternatives means that time is on Merkel's side.feedback

Michael Müller

I remember when Pegida protests took place there was a strong resistance in Berlin and therefore I think that the results of the elections two weeks ago in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania mobilised people here (against the AfD – Alternative for Germany, right wing party). They say we don't want this in our city, we don't tolerate it.feedback

Horst Seehofer

Without reaching a consensus on that, my appearance (at the CDU congress) would be nothing more than a media spectacle.feedback

Carsten Nickel

In the capital, the strength of the AfD could force the CDU out of the grand coalition with the SPD.feedback

Angela Merkel

Neither vote will be pretty for the CDU. But we will move on. It won't distract her from the challenges we face in Germany and in Europe.feedback

Barbara Hendricks

It's proven that glyphosate has negative effects on the environment. That needs to be fully taken into account for the approval. Given that there is still uncertainty about the health risks associated with glyphosate, the SPD-led ministries will not agree to the approval of glyphosate.feedback

Leif-Erik Holm

Finally, there is a credible opposition. Hopefully we will have another one in a year's time in Berlin. Maybe today is the beginning of the end of Angela Merkel.feedback

Axel Schaefer

The SPD insists that we should quickly meet with Mr Draghi. The impression that Germany is questioning the independence of the ECB should be dispelled.feedback

Katarina Barley

A cut-back in giving refugees the minimum wage will not be possible with us. Because, to pit refugees against those who are having a hard time on the job market anyway, would put at risk social solidarity in our society.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

We want an agreement between the federal and the regional governments as to where entry centers should be built. We believe that instead of one large central facility such as a transit area at the border these entry centers should be set up all over the country as initial reception centres for refugees and waiting areas to carry out entry checks and registrations and to distribute from there.feedback

Hajo Funke

The situation is becoming tense, , because of a small group of a few thousand neo-Nazis with violent tendencies.feedback

Angela Merkel

The centre, this is the strength of Germany. The centre, that is us. And that is why 2009 will be our year.feedback

Angela Merkel

Our theme is 'make way for work.' We believe that only by creating jobs can we create growth.feedback

Franz Muentefering

Our three priorities are work, security and humanity.feedback

Olaf Scholz

Many people have given us and myself, their trust. I am taking this very seriously. But it also means that we must keep our promises.feedback

Robert Goebbels

I personally think he is honest when he speaks of the need for social policy, the need for a minimum wage in all countries of the European Union. He says it and believes it, but can't do anything about it now because he's somehow tied down by Angela Merkel. Without Angela Merkel and the support of Germany's CDU- CSU, he wouldn't be the candidate of the EPP.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

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

Angela Merkel

And we will not overcome those problems if we do not directly address them – and the CDU has always stood for that frankness.feedback

Andrea Nahles

We are not giving a commentary on the ministries, and are not accepting congratulations.feedback

Daniel Bahr

We disapprove of a general minimum wage imposed by law. End of quote. This sentence is still valid for the FDP.feedback

Katrin Göring-Eckardt

I believe that a government must be stable and work in the same direction, because if you're all pulling in different ways you achieve nothing. My imagination doesn't stretch far enough to envision the CDU going so far [with concessions].feedback

Angela Merkel

It is a programme which is measured and centred. It wouldn't charge people anything extra, or charge the economy anything extra, because we think that by opening up areas of liberty and by motivating small and medium-sized companies and family companies as well as big ones, the chances of bringing in revenue are higher doing this than they'd be if we discouraged people by raising taxes.feedback

Peer Steinbruck

These aren't only senseless statements and empty promises. We can't help thinking that the CDU-CSU themselves don't take their programme seriously. That's evident in the programme because they don't say how these crazy promises are going to be financed.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

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

Andreas Scheuer - Csu

The idea cited over the weekend keeps in focus that language is the key to successful integration.feedback

Peter Tauber

It's none of the politicians' business whether I speak in Latin or Klingon at or in a local accent at home.feedback

Daniel Gros - Centre for European Policy Studies

In a sense German conservatism, has become even more conservative, even more cautious. By governing together with the SPD and sticking very much to the centre it has remained popular, and that ecourages even more conservatism. The SPD in a certain sense has now become more left[ist], and therefore they are focussing more on important schemes like the financial system and saving jobs.feedback

Grit Hanneforth

Big parts of the population more and more see the NPD as a normal party, but they are not, it is clearly an extreme-right party which wants to build a dictatorship and maybe abolish the constitution.feedback

Holger Apel

Saxony will pave the way for general elections. We are doing everything we can at regional level to boost the NPD's fortunes and I am confident the party's supporters can have the same impact in a general election at national level.feedback

Angela Merkel

Every single vote counts. And if you want to make sure that there are no political experiments like red-red-green, then you must vote for the Christian Democratic party (CDU) or in Bavaria for our sister party the Christian Social Union (CSU).feedback

Angela Merkel

I want to be everyone's Chancellor, for our country to do better, especially in this crisis.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

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

Thomas Fischer

It's looking like the FDP, the liberals, are going to play the key role. All the polls point to a small majority for a coalition between Chancellor Merkel's CDU and the FDP, and that the recent CDU/SPD grand coalition will be abandoned.feedback

Hermann Gröhe

We want to help those on a low wage, those who cannot do full-time work and those who have important responsibilities in terms of caring for the elderly or young children.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

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

Angela Merkel

I'd like to say to the public that we have to fulfil the electors' decision, and that means that we shall have hard negotiations on our country's problems, but I'm determined to make the way for a grand coalition possible.feedback

Kurt Beck - The Social

This is and remains our goal, and I ask you to put your trust in me.feedback

Sabine Batzing

Many people are sceptical, including our own politicians. Restaurant owners, particularly, are worried that if a ban comes in then people will stay at home.feedback

Olaf Bruns

Newcomers are rare in German politics, so many people just can't imagine that an anti-euro party could enter parliament. But this time there could be a big surprise on election night.feedback

Peer Steinbruck

No little games, no strategic negotiation; the SPD must always take the measure of what it wants to attain for people – what they want from European policies and with our allies, their international ideas, the things we want to accomplish in Germany by linking what is socially fair with what is economically rational. This will the basis for everything, our unity of value.feedback

Peter Dausend - Die Zeit

The SPD's major error was that the candidate and the programme did not match together and that they did not really find themes and so it was a campaign in which style was decisive and Mrs Merkel was sovereign and played the mother of the nation as Germans saw.feedback

Peer Steinbruck

Because of these touching and enriching experiences that I have made during the campaign I owe much more to the SPD and I will be ready in the future to take responsibility.feedback

Gerhard Schroeder

I tell you, nothing is decided. Don't be worried, this election will also be decided in the last few days.feedback

Angela Merkel

The stronger the mandate for me, the better I can create policies for Germany and represent our interests in Europe and also the world. I like my job and I'm asking you to vote for the CDU.feedback

Peer Steinbruck

Some people spend time with thinking about the question of whether they should vote or if they should punish the parties. My key plea is: go out and vote on Sunday.feedback

Angela Merkel

His name stands for euro stability and I'm glad that he's continuing.feedback

Angela Merkel

I accept the election result and thank you for your trust.feedback

Angela Merkel

The CDU-led government is the most successful German government since reunification, because we have the lowest jobless rate since 1990 and the highest employment ever. We have created work and security for millions of people and families.feedback

Angela Merkel

A satirical programme has really said what I feel in my heart when they said: Maybe God created the liberal-democrats only to test us and make our lives complicated.feedback

Angela Merkel

The CDU in Lower Saxony – I see the same on a Federal level – said their work was successful and we want that to go on. I'm certain that in the next two weeks we will get that message over. As for the polls – while recognising that polls don't decide elections but votes do – you can see I'm very optimistic we'll be successful.feedback

Angela Merkel

Apparently the CSU did not succeed in gaining people's trust, in strengthening people's trust in an absolute majority, that means in a government formed only by the CSU. If we look into the future for us that means that, regarding the parliamentary election, first and foremost we have to deal with the subjects of the economy, work, education and integration. The CDU and CSU will discuss these matters together.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

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

Angela Merkel

You're happy and I'm equally happy. We have succeeded and reached the goal that we fixed ourselves. We've reached our goal – a stable majority in Germany, with a new government between the CDU and FDP, and it feels great.feedback

Frank-Walter Steinmeier

We have achieved a lot, quite a bit of it since the crisis and we may only have done so because there was a grand coalition. But we haven't managed everything, we fell short of what we could do in a number of areas because the CDU didn't go along with it. For example, on minimum wages and limiting executive pay.feedback

Angela Merkel

And now let us, of course, try to collect a substantial contribution – on a voluntary basis – from private creditors. But you don't do that out in the streets, or in press conferences, you do that decently by talks with all those who can contribute to this bailout plan.feedback

Angela Merkel

We are open for talks of course, I made initial contact with the SPD chairman who – and I want to stress that I understand that – told me that he needs to wait for the SPD convention on Friday.feedback

Horst Seehofer

There can't be a dispute, there is agreement between the CDU and the CSU. In July our national party congress will decide our political positions that won't be in conflict with the election manifesto.feedback

Angela Merkel

I'm telling you, everything is at stake, if the euro fails, then Europe will fail. And with it fails the idea of European values and unity.feedback

Angela Merkel

The disappointment about the start of the Christian Democrat-Liberal coalition government is all the more serious because for 11 years, we waited, we fought, we hoped and we worked toward it.feedback

Angela Merkel

There are issues that still need to be worked out and no final result will emerge before Sunday.feedback

Angela Merkel

We lost our majority there and that's painful. It's a deep wound in the history of Baden-Wuerttemberg and also in the history of the CDU. The pain from this loss won't go away in just one day. We'll have to work for a long time to overcome the pain from this defeat, together with our friends in Baden-Wuerttemberg.feedback

Angela Merkel

Personally I ask the German people to give me a strong mandate so I can serve Germany for four more years working for everybody, for a strong Germany, for a country which is respected in Europe and which helps Europe.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

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

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