Merkel: Russia, Germany would benefit from lifting of sanctions

Merkel: Russia, Germany would benefit from lifting of sanctions

In Bitterfeld-Wolfen, the chancellor - whose conservative bloc holds a lead of some 15 percentage points over the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) - left no doubt that this would not happen as long as she is CDU party chief.

Despite a political backlash, Mrs Merkel opened Germany's borders to people from across the world, allowing more than a million into the country. She further said that they are passing through a very complex period in relations with Turkey.

While countries such as Poland and Hungary can always take grievances to the European Court of Justice, "we can't make any false compromises", Merkel said in response to questions from a German student in the podcast. That compares with a 39-38 percent edge for Merkel in January, when Schulz's emergence as her main challenger gave the SPD a temporary poll boost. Sweden and Austria also took in larger numbers of migrants earlier in the crisis but Germany, the EU's richest country, has shouldered most of the burden with Greece and Italy over the past year.

Mrs Merkel said it was unfair that Greece and Italy were left on their own carrying the full burden of the refugee crisis "simply because of their geography".

The 28-nation European Union has not done enough to balance the distribution of migrants or provide services for them, she said. She also commented that Moscow has to cease its actions against Ukraine and that the economic benefits would be good or both Russian Federation and Germany.

Gauland has backed away from his use of the word "disposed" but otherwise has stood by his remarks.

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Kahnle apparently threw at Cabrera after Tigers pitcher Michael Fulmer plunked Gary Sanchez in the fifth inning. Cabrera barked at Romine and seconds later the two were on the ground with a mass of bodies around them.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned the United Kingdom that it must pay what it owes the European Union as part of Brexit talks, saying it's misleading to view the costs as a divorce bill.

"That some countries refuse to accept any refugees is not on".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is calling on Turkey to release German citizens swept up in the aftermath of a failed coup attempt, calling their imprisonment "unjustified".

Speaking in Berlin, government spokesman Steffan Seibert said the German government has a consensus on reshaping its Turkey policy.

Mentioning German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yucel and several others by name, Merkel said, "Our demand is very clear: those people who are in prison should be freed".

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