Merkel vows to enhance German wealth, security in 4th term

German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, said on Tuesday that her decision, two years ago, to allow hundreds of thousands of migrants to enter Germany was a "humanitarian exception". Her comments open the possibility that legislation could be put forward after Germany's election on September 24 and the formation of the next government, which Merkel wants to head.

With debate over the refugee crisis looming large in Germany's election debate, Dr Merkel denied hardening her refugee line for party political purposes.

"We demand the release of Deniz Yücel, Peter Steudtner and Mesale Tolu", Merkel said in reference to three German citizens (a journalist, a human rights activist and a translator, respectively) imprisoned in Turkey.

'Those kinds of extraordinary situations happen every once in a while in a country's history.


"I think we have a very interesting campaign", she said.

"In spite of that, it is necessary to continue negotiations on the possibility of a [political] transition that would facilitate reconciliation", Merkel stated. With her Christian Democrats leading the Social Democrats by as much as 18 points in some polls, Merkel's biggest challenge in the coming weeks might be to keep voters - and the media - engaged.

The German chancellor is ahead comfortably in her re-election race, but her border policy has cost her politically. Some 106,000 asylum seekers arrived in the first seven months of 2017, led by Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans, according to German Interior Ministry figures.

In an interview yesterday, discussing her response to the refugee crisis, the Chancellor said she would do everything "the same way again" if she had the opportunity.


It has not gone unnoticed that Merkel tends to ignore her SPD challenger, rarely referring to him by name.

It was only the second campaign appearance by Merkel in formerly communist eastern Germany, where anti-foreigner sentiment is especially pronounced. The farthest Merkel would go in that direction, however, was to say she could support a eurozone "economy and finance minister" focused on improving the currency area's competitiveness.

She said: "We're a democracy and everyone can freely express themselves in public the way they want".

This centre would be in Egypt, a so-called transit country for refugees and economic migrants aiming to reach Europe.



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