Merkel Says She Wouldn't Change Her Decision to Open German Borders

Kristopher Drake
August 30, 2017

Sanctions on Russian Federation will be lifted once Moscow agrees to bring an end to the conflict in Ukraine and no sooner, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday.

The rhetoric on the nuclear issue used by German candidate for chancellor Martin Schulz against the current country's leader, Angela Merkel, could potentially affect the outcome of the upcoming election, according to political observer Olga Gavrilova.

"It's a good thought that would create more stability and show the world that we have all the mechanisms in our portfolio to react to unexpected situations", she said.

"There are many areas where people have the feeling that Merkel is lost in reverie", Schulz said, in particular accusing her of using military aircraft at "dirt cheap" prices to fly around the country for her 50 campaign stops in the final six weeks of the election.

The regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has turned out to be more stable than Berlin would like it to be, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said at an annual news conference in Germany's capital on Tuesday.

She added that it will be possible to talk about the lifting of sanctions when the Minsk agreements are implemented.

Merkel said Tuesday that it was "important and right" that Germany took in refugees and other migrants in an "exceptional situation" two years ago but it's also important to have "long-term sustainable structures".

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

She called for the release of German citizens swept up in the aftermath of last year's failed coup attempt, calling their imprisonment "unjustified".

Earlier, Merkel accused one of the AfD's top officials, Alexander Gauland, of racism for recent remarks that Aydan Ozoguz, the government's integration minister, should be "dumped" back in her parent's homeland, Turkey.

"This is a very complicated phase of our relationship" with Turkey, Merkel said.

The arrests have contributed to worsening relations between Berlin and Ankara, which have also been strained by other issues.

Aydan Özoguz has come under fire from the AfD for saying the party's demands for recognition of a "leading German culture" ignore how German historical development, as a collection of kingdoms belatedly unified in 1871, offered little by way of a cultural common denominator beyond the German language.

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".

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