Angela Merkel booed in far-right stronghold
- Author: Tracy Klein Sep 01, 2017,
Sep 01, 2017, 1:57
In a press conference dominated by foreign policy, Dr Merkel said relations with Ankara have become "particularly complicated", with Berlin's concerns over the presidential referendum followed by mass detentions of German citizens in Turkish prisons.
Germany's statistics body said that German gross domestic product grew 2.1% from the second quarter of 2016, taking account of calendar effects.
"I look forward to next week's debate", she added.
She reminded that Turkey has not yet fulfilled its commitments to the European Union, and most of the 3 billion Dollars directed to Turkey for refugees has been spent on projects that have not been implemented. After the shocking defeats, Merkel, with tail between legs, said - "If I could, I would turn back time for many, many years, to prepare better".
"Regarding the euro zone, we have very positive data".
The statement further said that Germany would also help Cairo to improve conditions of facilities designated for Syrian refugees and other displaced people in Egypt, adding that both countries further agreed to work more closely to mount crackdown on human traffickers, who bring desperate refugees into Europe through perilous Mediterranean routes.
She insisted that Germany could cope by saying "Wir schaffen das" ("we can manage it"). Her priority was to focus on root causes of economic migration and push for fairer distribution across the EU.
Her comments came despite the fact that millions of refugees arriving in Germany since 2015 have led to major divisions in German society over the issue and led to the rise of the anti-immigrant party, Alternate for Deutschland (AfD).
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.
She attended a meeting in Paris on Monday evening with leaders from France, Germany, Italy and Spain as well as Chad and Niger and one of Libya's leaders.
The anti-immigration Alternative for Germany party has gained considerable strength in the past year and could get 10% of the vote in the election on September 24.
The commissioner, Aydan Ozoguz, has Turkish roots and had said that "a specifically German culture is, beyond the language, simply not identifiable".