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We're already noticing these days that it's not raining enough in many areas of Germany.
I would like to urge the public to stick to the official statements instead of believing the many rumors that are unfortunately circulating around, we are doing everything to inform (the public) in a transparent way. Such fears are baseless.
There is no splitting of Europe into separate parts but one member state needing more time to see how it will be implemented.
Remembering the crimes, naming the perpetrators, and giving the victims a dignified commemoration, that is a responsibility that does not end, it is not negotiable, and it is inseparable from our country. Being awareof this responsibility is an integral part of our national identity.
These days it is necessary to say this clearly. Because we are experiencing worrying racism, increasing intolerance, a wave of hate crime, we pay particular attention to anti-Semitism, which threatens Jewish life in Germany, in Europe and beyond.
The values that Europe is based on - freedom, democracy, equality, rule of law, human rights -these are not to be taken for granted.
I can't say that I'm surprised, russia is a great power, and Germany is not interested in harming relations over this. Chechens are just an inconvenience.
We have big tasks ahead of us, including Britain's exit from the European Union of course - that will be a subject of our discussion today, especially as the president is traveling on to London to see the British prime minister.
Germany sees its responsibility on the international stage and on the national stage.
On the one hand we want climate protections measures to be effective to meet our commitments, on the other hand we want to be economically sensible and act in a socially acceptable way so that all people can afford climate protection.
It's the right thing to do for Germany to pursue ties with China in all areas, economically but also in the various dialogue formats we have about the rule of law and about human rights, during my visit, I again pointed out that upholding human rights is indispensable for us. This applies in general, and it also applies for the situation in Hong Kong, where we continue to view the principle of 'one country, two systems' as the right one.
We still have every chance of getting an orderly (Brexit) and the German government will do everything it can to make that possible - right up to the last day. But I also say we are prepared for a disorderly Brexit, but the fact remains that after the withdrawal of Britain, we have an economic competitor at our door, even if we want to keep close economic, foreign and security cooperation and friendly relations.
In the current situation, everything must be given to avoid violence and the solution can only be carried out in a political way -- that is to say through dialogue.
It is, obviously, still moving as an issue, and it is slowly moving forward, but there's still a long way to go yet.
We had very productive talks on this issue but it is still moving, and is slowly moving forward but there is a long way to go.
We always said we would find a solution in the coming two years, but possibly, German Chancellor Angela Merkel might find the solution in 30 days, why not ? And then we would be a step forward.
We will need a pricing system for carbon emissions.
There has to be a political solution (on Iran) and that is what we are working on.
I hope that the ambitious plans for climate protection become reality, which means all of us - or most of us - will have to do more to reach the targets for 2030. But we also want to commit to reach climate neutrality by 2050. I can only stress that this is Germany's goal.
Since then I have drunk at least three glasses of water -- I obviously needed that and so I'm doing very well now.
We have to do everything to solve the conflict situation with Iran in a peaceful manner, we will do everything to impress on all sides, but especially to make clear to Iran, that this serious situation mustnt be aggravated.
We are relying on Iran continuing to abide by it, if that isnt the case, that will of course have consequences.
That I, as German chancellor, can be here today, that today we stand together for peace and freedom, is a gift from history that must be cared for and protected.
We know that in the area of corporate taxation, things have changed very unfavorably for Germany in recent years, competitive relations have recently changed very much to our disadvantage. So we will try, in the grand coalition, to achieve something here.
We agreed that it is essential for us to show we are capable of action and so we want by the June summit... to have... our proposal for the position of Commission president.
Germany can and will not uncouple itself from the development we seek all over the world. We see this in Germany as well, but in Germany obviously it always has to be seen in a certain context, the context of our past which means we have to be that much more vigilant than others. We have to tell our young people what history has brought over to others, and these horrors.
In Germany, obviously, they always have to be seen in a certain context, in the context of our past, which means we have to be that much more vigilant than others.
People growing up today must know what people were capable of in the past, and we must work proactively to ensure that it is never repeated.
There is no precedent from the German government for anything that develops in this area.
We hope that intensive discussions in London can lead even by next Wednesday, when we will have our extraordinary summit, to a position that British Prime Minister Theresa May can present to us, that we can then discuss, we will then stay together as 27. We will do everything, as I've already said, to the last hour, to prevent a disorderly exit.
We will then stay together as 27. We will do everything, as I've already said, to the last hour, to prevent a disorderly exit.
Our approach is not to simply exclude one company or one actor, but rather we have requirements of the competitors for this 5G technology.
I think that an important offer has again been made to Britain, and now it is of course for Britain to respond to these offers.
We need to talk to China to ensure that companies do not simply give up all data that is used to the Chinese state.
From a political point of view, there is still time, that should be used, used by all sides. But for this it would be very important to know what exactly the British side envisages in terms of its relationship with the EU.
That should be used, used by all sides. But for this it would be very important to know what exactly the British side envisages in terms of its relationship with the EU.
It should be humanly possible to find a solution to such a precise problem. But this depends ... on the kind of trade deal that we forge with each other.
We're talking about 2038. Nobody knows what the mid-term planning will be in the future.
As far as European Union is concerned we'll be doing everything in our power but we'll be expecting United Kingdom to do everything in their power to make this happen, there are a lot of concerns and fantasies around the backstop.
My focus for the next few weeks is making this deal possible.
The American president demanded what has been discussed for months, that there is a change in the burden sharing, i made clear that we are on this path. And that this is in our own interests and that it will make us stronger.
Germany also does a lot for NATO. We are the second largest donor of troops, we put most of our military abilities into the service of NATO and we are strongly committed in Afghanistan, where we also defend the interests of President Trump of America. Because the deployment in Afghanistan has to do with the only example of Article 5.
It is my deep conviction that the migration question decides whether Europe will last.
That means development aid, but also legal channels (for immigration), study places, places for skilled labor, and that must be a new partnership with Africa.
It would be reckless not to prepare for alliance defense.
I can't promise that there won't be disputes again about other issues, as this is usual when a government includes three parties, this time it was a heavy dispute about a topic that is also very emotional. But I firmly expect and I'll do my part to ensure that we do our government work in a good way, and not only now but also in the coming years.
There must be legal possibilities for study and work, we need a law on immigration for skilled workers so we can create a win-win situation. Otherwise we won't be able to combat the people traffickers.
This time it was a heavy dispute about a topic that is also very emotional. But I firmly expect and I'll do my part to ensure that we do our government work in a good way, and not only now but also in the coming years.
Order must be brought to all forms of migration so people have the impression that law and order is being implemented.
The sum of all we've agreed is equivalent to what the CSU wants - that's my personal view, but the CSU must decide for themselves, it is also sustainable and in accordance with the European ideal. Europe is slow, and we aren't yet where we want to be... In my view Europe will be held together, otherwise free movement could have been in danger.
We cannot leave those countries where asylum seekers arrive to deal with (the problem) alone.
Overall, after an intensive discussion on the most challenging issue for the European Union, namely migration, it is a good signal that we agreed a common text, we still have a lot of work to do to bridge the different views.
Europe faces many challenges, but that of migration could become the make-or-break one for the EU.
Europe faces many challenges, but that of migration couldbecome the make-or-break one for the EU, either we manage it, so others in Africa believe that weare guided by values and believe in multilateralism, not unilateralism, ornobody will believe any longer in the system of values that has made us strong.That’s why it’s so important.
We said in an exceptional situation we will help and now,as then, I think it was the right decision.
Europe faces many challenges, but that of migration could become the make-or-break one for the EU, now as then, I think that was the right thing to do.
Now as then, I think that was the right thing to do.
To think that we can be at the forefront of artificial intelligence and be as restrictive as possible with data is just like wanting to rear cows without feeding them.
We are opening a new chapter.
We know that an economic and monetary union can only remain intact if economic policies converge.
We are opening a new chapter, we are working to make sure that the euro zone budget will be used to strengthen investment, also with the aim of strengthening convergence within the euro zone.
We have an draft for a new euro zone and that is a really good thing, I would say.
After the European Council, the (CDU) party presidency will decide what to do next, there is nothing automatic.
This is a European challenge that also needs a European solution. And I view this issue as decisive for keeping Europe together.
Personally, Ithink that illegal migration is one of the challenges for the European Unionand therefore I believe that we shouldn’t act unilaterally, that we shouldn’tact without coordination and that we shouldn’t act in a way that burdens thirdparties, involved.
The incredible suffering experienced by the family, the victim, affects everyone, including me, the cooperation in this regard between German and Kurdish security authorities worked well here ... It is good that the alleged perpetrator was caught, that he probably also will be returning to Germany.
The cooperation in this regard between German and Kurdish security authorities worked well here ... It is good that the alleged perpetrator was caught, that he probably also will be returning to Germany.
These are jointly shared principles, although the pitfalls lie in the details.
The incredible suffering experienced by the family, the victim, affects everyone, including me, the cooperation in this regard between German and Kurdish security authorities worked well here... It is good that the alleged perpetrator was caught, that he probably also will be returning to Germany.
The cooperation in this regard between German and Kurdish security authorities worked well here... It is good that the alleged perpetrator was caught, that he probably also will be returning to Germany.
These are jointly shared principles, although the pitfalls lie in the details, for us, it was important that we have a commitment for a rule-based trade order, that we continue to fight against protectionism and that we want to reform the WTO.
For us, it was important that we have a commitment for a rule-based trade order, that we continue to fight against protectionism and that we want to reform the WTO.
I will of course try to speak to the U.S. president about the current problems that we have overall, in particular on Iran and on trade tariffs.
We support Israel's right to security and have said this to Iran at all times, we have the same goal that Iran must never get a nuclear weapon and the difference between us is how to do that.
Too often, the lines of freedom of speech are very deliberately being tested, and taboos are carelessly being breached and used as a political instrument, it's not banter, rather it's playing with fire. Because whoever sows violence with words, risks reaping violence.
The people who experienced World War Two, the last true global catastrophe, are dying out and are no longer there as eyewitnesses, they learned from that terrible experience not to embed emnity but that you had to try and build friendships with each other.
They learned from that terrible experience not to embed emnity but that you had to try and build friendships with each other.
International agreements and institutions are being weakened. This is worrying, since our multilateral global order comes from the lessons we learned from the terrible world wars of the last century.
We are happy to negotiate, but it mustn't be under a sword of Damocles.
Both sides must tread new paths, cooperation needs to be put on a completely new footing due to digitalization.
Cooperation needs to be put on a completely new footing due to digitalization.
The question is whether you can talk better if you terminate an agreement or if you stay in it ... we say you can talk better if you remain in it.
It's our responsibility to tell the industry, it's your duty to regain the lost trust yourself.
We had an exchange of views. The decision lies with the president.
The President will decide, that is very clear.
We wish to deepen our relationship further, and I very much am looking forward to the very good talks I trust we will have today.
It means for example that there can not be any no-go areas, that there can not be areas where no-one dares to go but there are such places, one has to call them by name and do something about it.
It means for example that there cannot be any no-go areas, that there cannot be areas where no-one dares to go but these places are a reality, one has to call them by name and do something about them.
The state has to ensure that whenever people move or meet in public areas they feel safe.
We are seeing nationalism, populism and in a lot of countries a polarized atmosphere.
I think we can do it. We will work very quickly, very intensively. That’s what we set out to do, i am optimistic about these talks, but I also know that there is a lot of work ahead of us in the coming days. We are willing to take on the work.
I’m shocked by the knife attack on Mayor Andreas Hollstein — and very relieved that he is back with his family, thanks also to those who helped him.
It is a day of deep reflection on how to go forward in Germany, as chancellor, I will do everything to ensure that this country is well managed in the difficult weeks to come.
We must react decisively, given the latest events, perhaps it is necessary to rethink them ever further.
I think it's very clear that we could not reach consensus, but the differences were not papered over, they were clearly stated.
I have every understanding for peaceful demonstrations but violent demonstrations put human lives in danger.
We're united in our will to strengthen multilateral relations at the G20 summit, that we need an open society, especially open trade flows.
I have 10 problems.
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?
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.
The times in which we could rely fully on others -- they are somewhat over, this is what I experienced in the last few days.
I have the impression that the country is in a phase of change and that a lot more is possible now than some years ago, but it’s still a long way away from having achieved what we would understand as equality.
This is completely out of hand and why it's almost impossible to comment on this. It cannot be justified, sS comparisons only lead to misery because it means the crimes committed by the National Socialists in Germany are rendered much more harmless than they actually were.
As difficult as all of this might be, our geopolitical interest cannot be that Turkey -- which is after all a NATO partner -- continues to distance itself from us, that is why it is well worth it to stand for the German-Turkish relationships -- but on the basis of our values, our perceptions and in all transparency.
These deep differences of opinion relate to basic questions of democracy and the rule of law. They relate to freedom of expression in Turkey. They also relate to the many journalists that have been jailed for expressing their opinion.
Let’s not fool ourselves, from the point of view of some of our traditional partners -- I’m thinking about the trans-Atlantic relationship among others -- there is no infinite guarantee I’m convinced that Europe and the EU will have to learn to take on more responsibility in the world.
A situation like the one in the late summer of 2015 cannot, should not and must not be repeated, that was and is our, and my, declared political aim.
That was and is our, and my, declared political aim.
I didn’t say this was going to be simple, that we could just do it. But I am still convinced that we can do it. This is a historic test in a time of globalization.
Nobody wants a long period of limbo. Neither the British people nor the European member states, everyone has an interest that the preparations are conducted in a thorough manner, that the positions are clear, and I think it is absolutely understandable that Britain needs a certain amount of time for this.
Negotiations with British governments are always taxing, interesting and tactically clever and even while competing with our negotiating strategies we try to work on an equal terms - it's always exciting, i mean even during Britain’s years as a member of the European Union the negotiations with Great Britain were never trivial.
But of course the EU and the remaining 27 member states also have to protect their interests, for example, whoever would like to have free access to the European internal market will also have to accept all basic freedoms in return, including the free movement of people.
We need structural reforms, we need solid finances.
We will have difficult negotiations with Britain, it will not be easy.
It is not about more or less Europe but about delivering better results, our citizens often don't understand why we are doing something and what our goals are. All of us want to change this. It is not about changing the EU Treaty, about introducing more laws or less. It's about delivering on our goals.
I would like to see what binds us and understand how to use it. That is what the Gotthard Tunnel symbolises, switzerland has not just built a tunnel, but opened a route to the future of Europe.
I think here is an exciting piece of German production for 'Industrie 4.0', we must develop this further, if we want to stay in front.
I concentrate fully on the tasks of the year 2016, which keep me pretty busy.
We stand by the agreement of Minsk and put a lot of importance on its implementation as soon as possible, we still have no stable ceasefire and we must advance on the political process and we discussed in detail the next steps needed.
That's not a disputed topic in the coalition.
We did not set a date, but Turkey's clear understanding is that, within a few days of returns starting, the one-for-one resettlement (of Syrian refugees from Turkey to Europe) should begin.
It ... goes without saying that we stress to Turkey, for example, the importance of freedom of the press (and) the freedom of the Kurds, as important as the necessary fight against ... terror is, (Turkey must take a measured) approach ... for all Kurds.
It ... goes without saying that we stress to Turkey, for example, the importance of freedom of the press (and) the freedom of the Kurds, as important as the necessary fight against the PKK's terror is, (Turkey must take a measured) approach ... for all Kurds.
There are many conflicting interests in Europe, but it is my damn duty to do everything I can so that Europe finds a collective way.
No one can pretend that you can have a common currency without being able to cross borders relatively easily.
We made it clear that we are ready to compromise, but always on the basis that we safeguard the core European principles, which include non-discrimination and free movement.
We will agree on the EU Turkey action plan today, one main part of this EU-Turkey action plan will be how we can replace illegal migration by legal migration, how we can improve the situation of refugees within Turkey.
One main part of this EU-Turkey action plan will be how we can replace illegal migration by legal migration, how we can improve the situation of refugees within Turkey.
That means we need a follow up process and that, in my view, must be binding.
It is remarkable that China ... has given a timeframe for reduction of 2030, but the proposed targets for reduction will not allow us to reach the (United Nations) 2 degree goal. That means we need a follow up process and that, in my view, must be binding.
A lot will depend on how Volkswagen deals with the issue, i believe VW is working on this with all of its power.
I believe VW is working on this with all of its power.
The pictures of the last few days are not in line with our values, europe must show it is a continent of values, a continent of solidarity.
Europe must show it is a continent of values, a continent of solidarity.
Despite all the understandable disquiet... the basis of the conservative bloc is very well aware that no-one can better steer Germany and Europe through this difficult time than the chancellor.
Without a doubt Turkey plays a key role, most war refugees that come to Europe travel via Turkey. We won't be able to order and stem the refugee movement without working together with Turkey.
Germany can't solve the problem alone but only in cooperation with Europe by a fair division of tasks and with the rest of the world.
I think we need to ensure that in our drive to protect the environment we are not damaging our own industrial base.
I am deeply convinced that Europe not only needs a redistribution (of refugees), but that, much more, it needs a long-term process for a fair distribution of refugees among member states.
We need to establish a European spirit again, i don't think threats are the right way to achieve agreement.
We cannot wait until the middle of October.
Germany, Austria and Sweden cannot solve the problem on their own.
I am happy that Germany has become a country that many people outside of Germany now associate with hope, this is something to cherish when you look back at our history.
What isn't acceptable in my view is that some people are saying this has nothing to do with them, this won't work in the long run. There will be consequences although we don't want that.
The asylum issue could be the next big project where we show whether we're capable of working together.
There is no tolerance for those people who question the dignity of others, no tolerance for those who are not willing to help where legal and human help is required, the more people who make that clear ... the stronger we will be.
We need a common European asylum policy.
The alternative to this agreement would not be a 'time-out' from the euro ... but rather predictable chaos.
The most important currency has been lost and that is trust, that means that we will have tough discussions and there will be no agreement at any price.
We say very clearly that the door for talks remains open and the meeting of euro zone leaders tomorrow should be understood in this sense.
We have taken a step towards Greece, now it is up to the Greek side to take a similar step.
We have taken a step toward Greece, now it is up to the Greek side to take a similar step.
There was the Wall just behind the Reichstag, i lived in East Germany.
I can't give any guarantee that that will happen, there's still a lot of work to be done.
The message will be: you've got to continue negotiations with the three institutions.
Otherwise I don't think there will be a climate agreement in Paris and all of the participants know that.
I'm optimistic that if we all want it, we'll find a good solution, it's not about losing sleep over this, but about doing our work and creating the necessary preconditions for Britain to remain in the EU.
Dear Nicolas Sarkozy, dear friends, I would like to send my best wishes for your congress in my name and on behalf of the CDU.
We will see in Paris that more engagement is needed to really achieve the two degrees goal than what we currently have on the table.
It feels good that in a difficult hour like this that we're standing so closely together, dear Francois, I'd like to say a heartfelt 'thank you' in the name of millions of Germans who appreciate this German-Franco friendship.
I think we now have all our hands full to make this succeed and that's what I'm concentrating on.
Thirdly, Mongolia has big neighbours who have their own ideas about infrastructure, i don't think that things are hopeless.
It was always clear that much remains to be done. And I have always said that there are no guarantees that what we are trying to do succeeds. It will be an extremely difficult path.
However, it must also be said that Europe's credibility naturally depends on us respecting rules and being reliable with each other.
It is a glimmer of hope, no more, no less.
I cannot imagine any situation in which improved equipment for the Ukrainian army leads to President Putin being so impressed that he believes he will lose militarily.
I understand the debate but I believe that more weapons will not lead to the progress Ukraine needs. I really doubt that.
The progress that Ukraine needs cannot be achieved with more weapons, i have grave doubts about the validity of this point.
I have grave doubts about the validity of this point.
We want to shape security with Russia, not against it.
Regardless of what the ECB does.
We have a lot of progress in many countries, particularly those that have been through a (bailout) program we have reform efforts in Italy, I say finally ... those are important signals, we have a new course, directed toward business, in France that is good news. But we have also wasted a lot of time, and time is pressing.
I don't want to get hopes up too much, it is clear that the ceasefire is getting more and more fragile.
The G7 and former G8 group has always viewed itself as a community of values, the annexation of Crimea, which is a blatant violation of the principles of international law, and the events in eastern Ukraine are serious violations of these common values.
In spring we will discuss the question how to deal with the sanctions that we decided to impose after Russia's annexation of Crimea, given the current situation, they will remain in place.
We will prosecute anti-Semitic crimes by all legal means, and attacks on mosques will be prosecuted rigorously, because we won't be divided by those using Islamist terrorism to cast suspicion on all Muslims in Germany.
As chancellor I will protect Muslims in our country. All of us in this house will do that.
To exclude groups of people because of their faith, this isn't worthy of the free state in which we live. It isn't compatible with our essential values. And its humanly reprehensible, xenophobia, racism, extremism have no place here. We are fighting to ensure that they don't have a place elsewhere either.
What we need to do now is to use all the means at our disposal as a constitutional state to combat intolerance and violence.
I have little hope on that front, the other sanctions were introduced in response to the intervention in eastern Ukraine. Fulfilling the entire Minsk agreement is the way to bring about a reversal (of sanctions) here. The entire Minsk agreement must be implemented before we can say these sanctions can be lifted.
I think one has to tell people and also the financial markets that I, a German chancellor and also the German government, has always pursued a policy of Greece staying in the euro zone and that also the commitments that we entered into between Greece and the troika, Greece and European member states, were abided by and respected, greece has actually made a lot of sacrifices. For many people in Greece these have been very difficult years. We've come a long way.
We need to ... say that right-wing extremism, hostility towards foreigners and anti-Semitism should not be allowed any place in our society.
We have freedom to demonstrate in Germany, but there is no place for incitement and insulting people who come to us from other countries.
Only our own strength, a strong conservative party, can prevent Red-Red-Green from taking power at the federal level in 2017.
We have had to witness a shifting of borders in Europe, the annexation of Crimea and the questioning of territorial integrity – a core part of Europe's post-war model. The apparent right of whoever is strongest trumped the strength of law, russia has breached and is still breaching international law...neighboring states are suddenly no longer partner countries but spheres of influence.
Russia has breached and is still breaching international law...neighboring states are suddenly no longer partner countries but spheres of influence.
We're going to need more patience than we first imagined.
We are pleased that this was not put into question by the British prime minister, the proposals that were presented now need to be discussed in detail.
Because we have ruled out war, some people may think they can do whatever they like with us, we won't allow this.
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