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Angela Merkel
We need every vote so that we can continue to live well and to enjoy living in Germany. That's why we don't rest on our laurels, on the fact that we managed to cut unemployment in half over the past 12 years, that we've managed to create more than five million new jobs, but we know that we live in the 21st century – a time where we need to always find new answers to new challenges.feedback
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Sep 22 2017
Multiple people spoke about Christian Democratic Union of Germany in the news. We gather all their quotes on this page, an easy way to see all views about this topic at a glance. To go deeper, all quotes are redirected to the article from which they come. Angela Merkel is the person who had the greatest number of quotes. The most recent one of them is: “We need every vote so that we can continue to live well and to enjoy living in Germany. That's why we don't rest on our laurels, on the fact that we managed to cut unemployment in half over the past 12 years, that we've managed to create more than five million new jobs, but we know that we live in the 21st century – a time where we need to always find new answers to new challenges.”.
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All quotes about Christian Democratic Union of Germany

Paul Ziemiak

The last century shows what can happen when it's only about national interests, but for our generation, it's not as fresh.feedback

Erik Spieler

The Christian Democrats may not be the best possible option, but they're the best at the moment.feedback

Donald J. Trump

You have some pretty tough hombres in Mexico that you may need help with, and we are willing to help you with that big league. Look, I spoke to Putin, Merkel, Abe of Japan, to France today, and this was my most unpleasant call because I will be honest with you.feedback

Manfred Jabs

Sending them to six seminars on how to apply for a job will not increase their chances of getting a job.feedback

Manfred Jabs

We have the impression that the numbers are increasing. Regardless of who builds the next government, we are preparing for that.feedback

Christoph Butterwegge

Poverty and wealth are structurally connected in this country, as they are in the United States, and Angela Merkel only sees that part of society that has benefited from the reforms of the Agenda 2010 that she refers to repeatedly and increasingly positively.feedback

Thomas Walde

People are generally quite happy. Then Germans look around the world and they see, Brexit, Donald Trump, the refugee crisis ... all these challenges and Merkel is seen as a steady hand.feedback

Thomas Walde

In the eyes of German voters, Merkel represents stability, calm, steadiness and prosperity.feedback

Norbert Lösing

It's very German to stick to what is working. There are a lot of problems in other countries, think Donald Trump or Brexit … with Merkel there is a sense that there is no great problem that she couldn't overcome and that she's a politician you can trust.feedback

Ute Eisel

I have a lot of respect for Mrs. Merkel. I think she handled the refugee crisis really well.feedback

Carsten Nickel

Is there any realistic chance that Merkel will fail to win a fourth term in office? No.feedback

James Hawes

The German chancellor is as unglamorous and reliable as a Miele washing machine. I want her to win on Sunday because she can steer the west to safety. Novelists of the future will surely do a Hilary Mantel on Angela Merkel – try to recreate the secret gyroscopes of her mind, in her time. Here’s my advice to them: look west. For that, above all, is what Mutti – Mummy – as she is known to every German, whether they like or loathe her, believes in.feedback

Dominik Paetzholdt

It was born out of the question whether Merkel is still tuned in enough to people's every day lives after so long in office.feedback

Angela Merkel

We live in turbulent times. We can't afford any experiments. In these times, we need stability and security, and a clear path, both at home and abroad.feedback

Angela Merkel

I could stand here and talk for hours about how arduous Europe often is. It always is worth standing up for Europe, even just because it gives us peace and freedom.feedback

Petra Lemsky

The atmosphere was really bad. The wages were really low. Germany is doing really well compared to America. I want it to stay that way.feedback

Thomas Beyer

People want this to continue, There's a great need for continuity. There's a great need for security. And people feel now is not the time for experiments.feedback

Cristina Tillmann

Mail-in voting is here to stay. It's become a full-fledged alternative to going to the polls in the real lives of voters, so it's no longer an exception, even if it's legally still defined as one. Parties and election workers need to reckon with a quarter or even 30 percent of voters casting their ballots early.feedback

Helmut Richter

I think it is tragic that the Tafel even exists, that it needs to exist. I don't know what the politicians think is happening here and what they are doing.feedback

Christoph Butterwegge

That is her mantra, and it is true for a large majority of the people in Germany. But the growing prosperity of the majority has come at the expense of many others. But if I look at other developments, such as the precarious job situation, 1.2 million people who hold down jobs but still live below the poverty level – the food banks have more than 1.5 million people whom they are helping – how an average family has never had it so difficult to find affordable housing in Germany's large cities – these are developments that Angela Merkel likes to block out.feedback

Helmut Richter

They make some good points, but considering what I do, they are out of the question.feedback

Manfred Jabs

What has been forgotten is our generation of women, those of us between 70 to 80, who made it through the war and started our families with little or nothing. We were taught to make do with what we had and raise our children. But now we find ourselves with nothing.feedback

Angela Merkel

If I didn't have to train and practice everything, I'd love to be an astronaut who flew around the Earth, so I could see it all from above.feedback

Scott Pruitt

If Chancellor Merkel… really cares about reducing CO2 in this world, why is she going away from nuclear? It's so hypocritical for countries to look at the United States and say, You need to do more.' Really? So, we've reduced our pollutants under the Clean Air Act [criteria pollutants and CO2].feedback

Marcel Lewandowsky

The Schulz effect was actually only visible in opinion polls.feedback

Tarik Abou-Chadi

Merkel was successful in not getting into a real election debate.feedback

Emanuel Richter

The S.P.D. missed an opportunity to bring the politics of social democratic values against a C.D.U. that is not as conservative as it once was. The S.P.D. is now polling exactly the same as it was before it nominated Martin Schulz. Twenty percent in the polls has really become normal for them.feedback

Tarik Abou-Chadi

You have this big politician who speaks five languages, but you keep on hearing about the mayor of Würselen. He does do well with a certain class of people, but it's no longer enough.feedback

Marcus Gross

Right now the chance that S.P.D. beats the C.D.U., or that Martin Schulz becomes chancellor is at less than 1 percent.feedback

Gero Neugebauer

More than ever, all these polls should be taken with a grain of salt now. There surely could be some surprises on election night. But in the fight among the smaller parties for third place and possible power in a coalition, everything is still up in the air.feedback

Angela Merkel

Therefore the automotive industry must do everything to restore trust and credibility as quickly as possible; this is in its own interest and that of its employees and the whole of Germany.feedback

Martin Schulz - European Parliament

The citizens of this country deserve a comprehensive debate on the central questions related to the future of this country. For this reason I call for a second TV duel before the election. I am prepared to go ahead with it at any time.feedback

Angela Merkel

This format proved successful and therefore she'll leave it at that.feedback

Angelika Huber-Strasser

We get no respect from society as working women. If you stay at home and have children, you're not contributing to society. If you work and have children, you are a raven mother. If you work and have no children, you're a cold woman. All paths for women in Germany are difficult. Here, Merkel has not helped.feedback

Anka Wittenberg - SAP

We have hardly any female role models that show young women that it is possible to have both: a family and a career. Germany is still very much behind.feedback

Anne Wizorek

Because of Merkel, the image of Germany abroad is more progressive than it really is. Just as Obama did not end structural racism in America, Merkel has not ended structural sexism in Germany.feedback

Jutta Allmendinger

Angela Merkel considers things normal that many women who grew up in West Germany consider anything but normal.feedback

Birgit Kelle

In my view it's almost communism that we practice. G.D.R. 2.0, that's what we're going for. I used to be in the mainstream of the party, now I'm being pushed to the right edge.feedback

Anne Wizorek

We are told: 'You can become chancellor – what more do you want?' . I hear that all the time.feedback

Angela Merkel

If we were asked to join talks, I would say 'yes' immediately.feedback

Steffen Seibert

There was agreement that the conflict about North Korea's nuclear armament must be resolved peacefully.feedback

Michael Fallon

Not yet, but they are clearly accelerating their missile programme. The range is getting longer and longer and we have to get this programme halted because the dangers now of miscalculation, of some accident triggering a response, are extremely great.feedback

Michael Fallon

So we've got to work at this problem and bring about a diplomatic solution that stops the development of North Korea's nuclear programme and enforces the sanctions we have at the moment.feedback

Michael Fallon

What we have to avoid at all costs is this spilling over into any kind of military conflict. So we're working flat out at the United Nations to get a better resolution there to enforce the existing sanctions, we're looking at sanctions across the European Union, and of course we're trying to persuade China to keep its neighbour in check. I'm very concerned about the situation in the Pacific. The United States is fully entitled to defend its own territory, to defend its bases and look after its people. But this involves us. London is closer to North Korea and its missiles than Los Angeles.feedback

Steffen Seibert

That is why we have offered to be helpful in the search for new ways to de-escalate the situation. The only conceivable solution is a peaceful and diplomatic one. But to achieve such a solution, the pressure on North Korea must be increased.feedback

Stefan Reinecke

Only named the problem, he didn't propose any credible solutions … When he eventually did, they were really quite timid, the kind even Merkel could go along with.feedback

Stefan Reinecke

Schulz was on to something with the overworked, underpaid individual and stressed-out working parents. Many Germans don't want more Merkel. Schulz … was a kind of projection screen for their wishes.feedback

Angela Merkel

I could also imagine such a format for the settlement of the North Korean conflict. Europe and, in particular, Germany should be ready to contribute a very active part.feedback

Patrick Sensburg

They'll say, Are you a Muslim?' or 'Merkel let everybody in' or 'You're selling out our country.feedback

Angela Merkel

If our participation in talks is desired, I will immediately say yes. A new arms race starting in the region would not be in anyone's interests.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

The reckless behaviour of North Korea is a global threat and requires a global response and that of course also includes NATO. I will not speculate about whether Article 5 will be applied in such a situation. We are now totally focused on how can we contribute to a peaceful solution of the conflict. There is no easy way out of this difficult situation, but at the same time we have to ... continue to work for political solution, continue to press also the economic sanctions.feedback

Angela Merkel

The world does not sleep, the world is changing at a rapid pace. We do not want to end up as a technological museum, but rather as a frontrunner.feedback

Angela Merkel

The EU must not be divided on this issue. That would greatly weaken Europe. We shall not forget them and will do everything, at all levels, to secure their release. Without me and without my party you couldn't have achieved anything in this parliament.feedback

Angela Merkel

North Korea's nuclear tests are a flagrant violation of all international conditions.feedback

Angela Merkel

I say clearly and in the name of the whole government: there can only be a peaceful, diplomatic solution.feedback

Michael Fuchs

(Merkel) wants to work together with (French President Emmanuel) Macron but also with all others in Europe who want to safeguard the European idea because at the moment we do have a problem with Brexit. We don't want to have another example of Brexit … So we have to work on Europe (and) Angela Merkel is the right person to do so.feedback

Sudha David-Wilp

The disarray across the Atlantic, as compounded with a European Union that's weak, prompted people to perhaps throw their support behind Merkel.feedback

Peter Beyer

For us it was extremely good to learn that we are able to actually win again, elections on the Länder [state] level.feedback

Alexander Mauss

Because the Social Democrats are part of that coalition government, that is always a very difficult situation. You can't really oppose the politics or the policy of the governing coalition because you are part of it.feedback

Sudha David-Wilp

Things may come out: we still don't know if that hack on the Bundestag is going to be a smoking gun … or if, for some reason, her party can't find a coalition partner to establish a majority. But … it's very hard to see these scenarios.feedback

Peter Beyer

We were getting a little bit afraid and uneasy at the beginning of the year when Martin Schulz was introduced as a candidate. The polls were completely different … he was a star.feedback

Angela Merkel

I almost forgot to say that the election isn't already decided. And of course, we need every vote.feedback

Alexander Mauss

People ... have a lot of faith in her, that she is doing the right thing. Especially in comparison to Schulz, she is seen as a strong leader, very competent, trustworthy, sympathetic and stands to her beliefs.feedback

Angela Merkel

Even if these cars pumped out emissions at approved levels, even if this break down of trust hadn't taken place, we would still have the environmental problems we have.feedback

Axel Friedrich

Seventy per cent of air pollution problems in cities are down to diesel emissions.feedback

Remo Klinger

The court cases are already in motion, and Merkel won't be able to extricate herself from the process unless she takes drastic action. Germany only has two options: a hardware update to make sure that diesel cars are fitted with functioning filters, or an outright ban. All other proposals are not worth taking seriously.feedback

Angela Merkel

We'll need combustion engines for years and decades - and still at the same time we'll have to take the bridge, the path towards new mobility and new engines.feedback

Angela Merkel

We should do everything possible to avoid driving bans. We are all agreed we need an enormous effort.feedback

Angela Merkel

People who don't have the right to be in our country should leave it – people have already been deported. It is clear that Turkey should not become a member of the EU. We had a very dramatic situation then ... There are times in the life of a chancellor when she has to decide.feedback

Angela Merkel

If German citizens whom are held in custody can no longer be assured that the German state can protect them in Turkey, because an autocratic ruler arbitrarily arrests people, then we have reached a point where Germany has to stop the accession negotiations.feedback

Angela Merkel

The fact is clear that Turkey should not become a member of the EU. I'll speak to my [EU] colleagues to see if we can reach a joint position on this so that we can end these accession talks. Slashing pre-accession aid, I'm in immediately. There's no way talks for enhancing the customs union come into question. I do not intend to break off diplomatic relations with Turkey just because we're in an election campaign and want to show each other who is tougher. We had a very dramatic situation then ... There are times in the life of a chancellor when she has to decide.feedback

Angela Merkel

To get used to living in terror would be to give up our way of life. I don't think that one can solve this conflict without the American president … We need the USA as a force for peace and we have to do everything to get them on the right track.feedback

Angela Merkel

I don't plan to break off diplomatic relations with Turkey because we have to outdo each other a little bit during the election campaign to see who is tougher.feedback

Angela Merkel

It is clear that Turkey should not become a member of the European Union.feedback

Angela Merkel

If an election campaign is defined as good only when people insult each other, then that's not my idea of what an election campaign is about.feedback

Manfred Guellner

The TV duel format, like spontaneity and eloquence, is not quite Merkel's strength.feedback

Martin Schulz - European Parliament

If I become German chancellor, if the people of this country give me a mandate, then I will propose to the European Council that we end the membership talks with Turkey. Whether we can win over all the countries for this I don't know. But I will fight for this.feedback

Angela Merkel

I don't think Germany's future will be built with whistles -- that isn't going to work.feedback

Leif-Erik Holm

Merkel has failed in a lot of people's eyes and they are looking for an alternative.feedback

Hartmut Jahnholz

Just the opposite. She opened the borders, that's all she's done.feedback

Leif-Erik Holm

Merkel was very popular here, that's true. But times have changed. People are asking 'what is she doing?feedback

Angela Merkel

Given the latest events, perhaps it is necessary to rethink them ever further.feedback

David Davis

I have my views, but I'm optimistic about it. The outcome of the election will be to accelerate the process [Brexit] once it has happened.feedback

Alexander Gauland

German interests must be guiding principles and not that whoever happens to be visiting here right now gets some sort of development program. It's not always 'America First.' Sometimes it's 'Germany First.feedback

Marcel Naumann

She has done a wonderful job. She got us out of the crisis and even with her refugee policies, she has remained true to her vision.feedback

Angela Merkel

It was important and right that we took people in back then in this exceptional situation, and is also right that we must find long-term, sustainable structures. Europe itself still hasn't done its homework to this day.feedback

Angela Merkel

I do not see a mandate to expand the customs union in the current circumstances.feedback

Angela Merkel

We must see how things develop but we are calling now, very clearly, for the release of those who are imprisoned. Several German citizens are being held in prison, which we believe is unjustified. We therefore decided to take a new direction in our policy towards Turkey. We cannot solve everything at once, but I believe to do nothing is wrong. We cannot simply shut ourselves off.feedback

Angela Merkel

However much I would like good relations with Poland, we cannot just stand by and say nothing for the sake of peace and quiet.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

This is a revamp that we need. Brexit should not take up all our energy.feedback

Angela Merkel

Ukraine does not have full sovereignty. I am working together with the French President and also with the help of the United States on finding solutions (for the Ukraine crisis) within the Normandy format. We just made clear in our joint statement released yesterday that the observance of the ceasefire agreement is of the utmost importance. If the Minsk agreement is kept, then the requirement will be met for lifting the sanctions on Russia.feedback

Angela Merkel

I am not the one who decides on the euro exchange rate. If the euro zone is very low then it is easier for German exporters to place their products on the global market – every change in the euro exchange rate has an impact on our ability to export and of course puts new pressure on our competitiveness. I personally don't see the trade surplus per se as so dramatic… and if the trade surplus goes down now, it is part of things that we don't have any influence on at all.feedback

Angela Merkel

LOOK BEYOND OUR OWN BACKYARD. Europe has not yet done its homework. We will only be able to live in prosperity and security if we look beyond our own backyard and take into account the economic development of our neighbourhood. I would like to have better ties with Turkey but we have to look at reality... This is a very complicated phase in our relations. ...The rule of law in Poland - that's a serious issue because the requirements for cooperation within the European Union are the principles of the rule of law.feedback

Angela Merkel

Taking holidays in the country in which you are being persecuted is not on.feedback

Volker Wieland

It's not that there are no issues to discuss, I think there's a danger that Germany is too complacent, is falling asleep on the steering wheel, not facing the new challenges on how to keep our economy fit for the future.feedback

Volker Wieland

I understand he needs to get more attention on the campaign but I don't think that's going to be the road to success.feedback

Ute Lemper

They held me back at the border once because my Green Card [which allows her to live and work in the States as a foreign national] was on extension. So they didn't accept the stamp in my passport.feedback

Ute Lemper

She was really outraged about the refugee crisis, so she stood for a policy that had some humanity. She has built villages out of nowhere to host the refugees, to give them education immediately, to find ways to assimilate them into the society, beyond their background. She did really good stuff – a clever, intellectual woman with her heart in the right place. And she's not even a liberal. She's a conservative.feedback

Angela Merkel

That some countries refuse to accept any refugees is not on. That contradicts the spirit of Europe. We'll overcome that. It will take time and patience but we will succeed.feedback

Martin Schulz - European Parliament

I want to reach those undecided people. And if I can do that, then I can win the parliamentary elections. She is using the infrastructure of the state to fly to her campaign events at a bargain price. More and more people are seeing this as a kind of aloofness that is already playing a big role in this campaign and will mobilise my voters. I don't want to continue the grand coalition. If she wants to come in under my leadership with the CDU as junior partner, then we can see. But I don't think they want to continue the grand coalition either.feedback

Angela Merkel

It was an extraordinary situation and I made my decision based on what I thought was right from a political and humanitarian standpoint. I'd make all the important decisions of 2015 the same way again. For some time we didn't have enough control. No one wants a repeat of last year's situation, including me. It's important that we don't go out of our way to avoid certain areas only because there are a bunch of people screaming.feedback

Angela Merkel

We're a democracy and everyone can freely express themselves in public the way they want. It's important that we don't go out of our way to avoid certain areas only because there are a bunch of people screaming. No one wants a repeat of last year's situation, including me.feedback

Angela Merkel

Diversity makes us strong in Germany and that's something we want to maintain.feedback

Angela Merkel

I hope you were able to understand some of that even though some of you out there kept on yelling. Some believe the problems in Germany can be fixed by screaming - but I don't think so and the majority of the people here don't think so either. Some people can't do anything else but scream and shout - but we're not going to let them lead us astray.feedback

Carsten Nickel

The topic is still smoldering in the background and for me this is one of the wildcards to look for.feedback

Carsten Nickel

The idea with asymmetric demobilization is that you keep political discussion generally at a low-level in order to not provide any point of entry or attack for the opponent. She cashes in on topics that the SPD would otherwise claim for themselves.feedback

Peter Stuhlfauth

I love life in Haßloch. And the thing is, I'd really like it to stay like it is.feedback

Peter Stuhlfauth

We used to laugh at the standard of Poland's roads. Now it's the other way round.feedback

Dieter Schuhmacher

Of course some people want to talk about Berlin, Brussels or Trump in Washington, but mostly the conversation came back to Haßloch, and what people perceive is going right or wrong here.feedback

Peter Stuhlfauth

They [burglaries] are mainly carried out by bands of eastern Europeans, and we've had 15 already this year, not including garden shed break-ins. We have a clear-up rate of just one in seven. Of those we catch, most just get let off with a caution.feedback

Julia Willeke

Now I'd like to know who's going to pay for the mistakes that were made. I don't see why it should be me.feedback

Peter Stuhlfauth

I cannot be labelled a rabble-rouser for wanting criminals to be locked up and our borders properly controlled. It's what most sensible people want.feedback

Ulla Koob

She exudes calm. She doesn't make any hasty decisions. She gets on well with France, she's good at working things out with England. She's smart enough to let Trump do the talking. She brings equilibrium at a time of uncertainty.feedback

Jannette Schule

It seems possible for Angela to find money to feed, clothe and house millions of refugees, but not to fix our Badepark.feedback

Ulla Koob

There are lots of lonely people here. It is not really something that's discussed by politicians, I wish it was.feedback

Jürgen Vogt

If someone feels the problems when he opens his or her front door, they won't be thinking as far as Berlin or beyond when they put their cross in the box, but much closer to home.feedback

Angela Merkel

I don't intend to take any posts in industry once I am no longer chancellor, but I am first fully concentrated on the election and the fact that I would like to be chancellor again.feedback

Angela Merkel

We need diesel if we are to achieve our climate protection goals.feedback

Angela Merkel

No I don't think this is fair. I don't know how the automotive industry is going to respond. They have supervisory boards on which union representatives sit and I think there should be a more sensitive approach (to executive bonuses).feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

I don't want the people here being set against each other. We stand for a democratic country, and we don't tolerate any external interference in our democracy.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

I am calling on all my countrymen in Germany... the Christian Democrats (CDU), SDP, the Green Party are all enemies of Turkey. Support those political parties who are not enemies of Turkey. I call on them not to vote for those parties who have been engaged in such aggressive, disrespectful attitudes against Turkey, and I invite them to teach a lesson to those political parties at the ballot box.feedback

Angela Merkel

It is racist, far-right violence and clear, forceful action must be taken against it, regardless of where in the world it happens. Before we point our fingers at others, we need to take care of that which is happening at home. Of course that country is torn.feedback

Angela Merkel

I haven't abandoned the target. It's simply that we must do more, otherwise we won't reach the goal.feedback

Josef Janning

AfD presence will contribute to moves among CDU and CSU to better cover their conservative wing. The CDU, which has moved to the center with Merkel effectively occupying ground formerly held by conservative SPD, will likely move to the right.feedback

David Lea - Control Risks

I do think it's possible that (Merkel) steps down, but that would be as much from her own volition as anyone else's.feedback

Josef Janning

For Merkel, any announcement of her not to serve for the full term would immediately weaken her standing as Chancellor. So, she will not give any advance warning, should she be willing to abdicate at some point.feedback

Martin Schulz - European Parliament

The zig zag course of Mrs. Merkel has unsettled unions and has left it unclear that those who caused this crisis will be held responsible.feedback

Martin Schulz - European Parliament

Consumers need certainty that they will not be made to pay for the mistakes of the carmakers and their wheeling and dealing with political organizations, or even agencies of the German government.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

Trump and Kim must immediately wind down the war of rhetoric, as the German chancellor Angela Merkel has demanded. The risks of an unintended escalation into full-blown conflict are too great for the whole world. We cannot play fast and loose with nuclear weapons and nuclear threats. Our government must press for measured responses to bring the temperature down. Our government must not drag our country into any military action over the Korea crisis, including joint exercises.feedback

Angela Merkel

Large parts of the automotive industry have lost trust on an unbelievable scale. There needs to be action. Where things are swept under the table, or where emissions tests are exploited to the point where they're unrecognisable, that destroys trust. The greatest security, the greatest peace project for us, is the European Union. Today, we have 44m people in work in Germany, which are really great figures.feedback

Angela Merkel

The way things were swept under the rug or where loopholes in emissions tests were massively exploited to the point they were unrecognisable, that destroys trust.feedback

Alexander Wallasch

What is wrong with German voters? How can it be that the CDU with Angela Merkel at the helm is currently enjoying 40% support? Is it just a lack of alternatives?feedback

Angela Merkel

I do not see a military solution to this conflict, rather I see continuous work, like we have seen in the UN Security Council with members with resolutions in view of North Korea, and above all very close cooperation with affected countries, especially the United States and China, but also South Korea, of course Japan. Germany will be intensively involved with potential solutions that we see, not of a military manner. But the escalation of rhetoric I hold as the wrong answer.feedback

Torsten Schneider-Haase

For the right-wing party AfD, the good times are over. Gone are the days of their 14 percent.feedback

Torsten Schneider-Haase

The difference between the CDU and the SPD is quite great. These numbers will not be the same in two months but the difference remains great.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Germany is abetting terrorists. We gave (German Chancellor Angela) Merkel 4,500 dossiers, but have not received an answer on a single one of them. When there is a terrorist, they can tell us to give that person back. You won't send the ones you have to us, but can ask us for yours. So you have a judiciary, but we don't in Turkey?feedback

Stephan Weil

I see my political future with the CDU. It wasn't an easy step, but a necessary one.feedback

Stephan Weil

Voters have a chance to react now. That is why elections should be scheduled as soon as possible.feedback

Thomas De Maiziere

We're telling them, You will get protection, but only so-called subsidiary protection – that is to say, for a limited period and without family unification.feedback

Amira Suleiman

I have no other way of making my family whole again. I thought this was my right, and when I heard, I thought, How could this possibly be?feedback

Christoph Strässer

We have been duped. The Interior Ministry claimed that a maximum of 1,500 people would be affected by this.feedback

Nora Markard

The courts are cleaning up the mess. The success rate tells us how important judicial review is – and how important it is for people to have legal representation.feedback

Iván Aleite

I have a theory about why Donald Trump got elected. Americans saw the results of women presidents around the world, and the truth is that, with the exception of Angela Merkel, none of them has had the wherewithal to govern.feedback

Johannes Kahrs

If there's one thing we Social Democrats have learned, it's this: We should not enter coalition again without controlling the finance ministry.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

We expect a return to European values. We need our policies towards Turkey to go in a new direction. We can't go on as we are. We need to be clearer than we have been, so that those responsible in Ankara understand that such policies are not without consequences.feedback

Eckhardt Rehberg

Keeping the finance ministry will be most difficult to achieve with the SPD as junior partner because the party has put a strong emphasis on finances and Europe. If we have a similar situation on election night as we did four years ago, the SPD is likely to demand not only the foreign ministry but also the finance ministry.feedback

Angela Merkel

For many people, including myself, something changed when we saw the Britons want to leave, when we were worried about the outcome of the elections in France and the Netherlands. But we have realized in the past few months that Europe is more than just bureaucracy and economic regulation, that Europe and living together in the European Union have something to do with war and peace, that the decades of peace after World War Two would have been completely unthinkable without the European Union.feedback

Angela Merkel

You don't have all this in many parts of the world. And that's why it is worth fighting for this Europe. That's why one of our election placards is saying: If Europe is stronger, then Germany will be stronger. This is directly related.feedback

Jacqueline Whitmore

Chancellor Merkel extends her hand first and then Trump shakes it. This clearly is a gesture of good will on her part. It looks like she tries, halfheartedly, twice before extending her hand all the way, a third time. She keeps the encounter brief and lets the press know that the photo op is over when she says loudly, O. K.' When they depart, Trump is careful not to touch her on the way out, also a sign of respect. You can tell the chancellor is all business does not play any P.R. games in this situation.feedback

Chris Ulrich

Merkel is turned toward Trump and is ready to shake hands to show partnership. Trump is imploded in his posture. It seems, perception-wise, that he is out of it. He can be perceived as disinterested. Therefore he misses the cue for the handshake. We cannot be definitive that this a snub or that it is on purpose. He is not focused on what is transpiring in the moment. We saw this imploded posture in January in his first meeting with President Obama, suggesting discomfort.feedback

Angela Merkel

I have nothing against a Eurozone budget. A European finance minister – we can talk about that.feedback

Jeff Rathke

Macron doesn't have the same constraints as (Germany's) Angela Merkel, who is entering an election campaign in which her opponents would love to make it a campaign about Donald Trump.feedback

Mark Leonard - European Council

There is an increased willingness to be assertive towards Trump, who makes Merkel look like a figure of international importance. If the election is about who can save the international world order from Trump.feedback

Robert Hannigan - Government Communications Headquarters

Yes, there is a disproportionate amount of mayhem in cyberspace coming from Russia, from state activity. President Macron and Angela Merkel have called this out recently – attacks on major democratic institutions right through major organised cyber-criminal groups, many of which are based in Russia. Starting to talk about it is good - calling it out. Improving our defences is obviously really important. But ultimately people will have to push back against Russian state activity and show that it's unacceptable.feedback

Andrew Steer - World Resources Institute

In the end, it was a landslide victory for countries voicing support for global climate action. Chancellor Merkel demonstrated deft leadership in rallying 19 of the world's largest economies to deliver an unmistakable message behind climate action. The direction of travel toward clean energy is loud and clear. The question remains how quickly the world will surge forward and how far behind the Trump administration will let the United States fall.feedback

Angela Merkel

[While] compromise can only be found if we accommodate each other's views, we can also say, we differ. It will be very interesting to see how we formulate the communique tomorrow and make clear that, of course, there are different opinions in this area because the US regrettably [wants to withdraw].feedback

Kai Mertens

Merkel underestimated the protests. The least she can do now is come visit (the district of) Sternschanze and see the damage for herself. We are a very liberal district. But what they did here has nothing to do with the G20 or opposition to politics. They were hooligans and many were foreigners.feedback

Andy Grote

We have to expect everything, and we are expecting everything.feedback

Sri Mulyani Indrawati

There is quite a delicate balance that Angela Merkel will have to navigate in a way, because it is not clear that being confrontational won't just create even more of a credibility problem for G-20 cooperation.feedback

Jennifer Morgan - Greenpeace

Merkel, as the G-20 host, must not sacrifice ambition for unity. Instead, we need a G-19 commitment to climate action that demonstrates the intent to implement and even go beyond what 195 nations agreed to in Paris.feedback

Angela Merkel

On the other hand, as hosts we – and I – will do all we can to find compromises. There are various options, which can be discussed. We know that the United States have withdrawn. All others … or as far as I know, many, many others stand by this agreement.feedback

Angela Merkel

Let's see what we can accomplish together. I think that globalization can be managed so that it is a win-win situation, where there are winners there don't always have to be losers.feedback

Zhu Guangyao

The policies produced by the G20 should be by the consensus of all member states,'. No one should be excluded.''. China will firmly promote its policies taking more measures against climate change.feedback

Angela Merkel

We're united in our will to strengthen multilateral relations at the G20 summit … We need an open society, especially open trade flows.feedback

Klaus Brinkbaumer - Spiegel Gruppe

Merkel is clearly trying to figure out how to deal with Trump, and it isn't easy for her. She doesn't like to make news in speeches, but publicly, she's been more critical of Trump than I would have expected. Privately, the only obvious path is through the president's daughter, which is why she invited Ivanka to that conference in Berlin earlier this year. But even that doesn't seem to be working. German diplomats still don't know who to call in the State Department on serious issues, or even who their counterparts are in the White House.feedback

Thomas Kleine-Brockoff

At first, I think she thought she could manage him. After all, she's made a study of all these leaders – Putin, Bush, Obama. You could almost see her analyze Trump, run through the various scenarios and approaches for dealing with him. Now I think she realizes there aren't really any.feedback

Angela Merkel

While we are looking at the possibilities of cooperation to benefit everyone, globalization is seen by the American administration more as a process that is not about a win-win situation but about winners and losers. The United States made some of the worst Trade Deals in world history. Why should we continue these deals with countries that do not help us?feedback

Nicolas Loris

It's like trying to poke a bear. President Trump will stick to his convictions. I don't think any type of pressure from Merkel or any of the other 19 countries is going to change that.feedback

Xi Jinping

Chinese-German relations are now about to have a new start where we need new breakthroughs.feedback

Angela Merkel

As G20 president, it is my job to work on possibilities for agreement and not to contribute to a situation where a lack of communication prevails.feedback

H.R. McMaster

I'll just note that while in Hamburg, the President will meet with many world leaders, including Chancellor Merkel of Germany, the host of the G20, Prime Minister May of the United Kingdom, Prime Minister Abe of Japan, President Moon of South Korea, President Xi of China, President Putin of Russia, President Peña Nieto of Mexico, President Jokowi of Indonesia, and Prime Minister Lee of Singapore, among others. There's no specific agenda. It's really going to be whatever the president wants to talk about.feedback

Sven Giegold

Even though Juncker's behavior was totally inappropriate, he is right in one point: when heads of smaller E.U. countries speak in the plenary, it often seems to be of less interest compared to speeches held by bigshots like Merkel or Macron.feedback

Eberhard Sandschneider

Beijing views Europe as an Asian peninsula. We see it differently. Nevertheless, it is a fact that parts of German industry are dependent on China. So we need to deal with China's demands in a way that brings harmony and advantages for both sides.feedback

Jean-Claude Juncker - European Commission

If it had been Mrs Merkel or Mr Macron it would have been full house. The fact that there are only 30 MEPs present in this his debate only illustrates the fact that parliament is not serious. I'm putting that to you today.feedback

Sebastian Heilmann

For Beijing, the goal is to present itself as a generous, cooperative and friendly power, at home and abroad. It also serves to distract from politically controversial topics.feedback

Angela Merkel

I don't think we'll have unified positions on all issues at the end but it's sensible and honest to talk to each other on all issues of international diplomacy. We know certain positions that the American government holds and I don't expect that these positions will be abandoned as a result of a two-day trip to Hamburg.feedback

Angela Merkel

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.feedback

Angela Merkel

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? What are we doing with our resources? What are the rules for distribution of wealth? How many people are taking part? And how many countries are able to profit from that. We need the climate protection agreement, open markets and improved trade agreements in which consumer protection, social and environmental standards are upheld.feedback

Angela Merkel

It was a long, intensive, and for many also an emotional discussion. That goes for me personally too. And I'm hopeful not only that there will be respect for either side's opinions, but that it will also bring about more peace and cohesion in society.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

The relationship with the United States is a long-term one and it is deep. I believe we must continue an intense dialogue with the United States because of these ties which are historic and enduring.feedback

Jens Spahn

I think Merkel herself was the most surprised by the developments of this week. Of course some colleagues are angry, but in the end, everybody recognizes that the time is ripe for a decision.feedback

John Dalhuisen - Amnesty International

Germany has become the 23rd country to recognize same-sex marriage and has sent a clear message to the world that gay and lesbian people should be entitled to the same rights as everyone else, and to full and equal protection of the law.feedback

Volker Beck

This is a historic day. It is really an amazing victory.feedback

Ian Austen

Canada Day remains the main event, and Ottawa is the place to celebrate. The government is promising that it will all be bigger and better for the special anniversary – except possibly the political speeches.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

We are telling Turkey that we are convinced that such an appearance in Germany is not possible. Our country is an open country, but we do not have the intention to allow that other countries' domestic conflicts be imported into our population. I explained weeks ago to my Turkish colleagues that we don't think that would be a good idea. I also said quite frankly that such an appearance would not be appropriate given the current adversarial situation with Turkey.feedback

Angela Merkel

There is nothing that can justify the fraudulent methods used to limit test values in the diesel area of some manufacturers that has damaged the whole diesel business. For many years we have appreciated diesel because it helped save fuel and CO2.feedback

Angela Merkel

We cannot expect easy discussions on climate change at the G20 summit. Our differences with the U.S. are clear. The Paris agreement is irreversible and it is not negotiable.feedback

Angela Merkel

It would be disingenuous if we tried to gloss over it. At any rate, I will not do that. We know that there will be protests, and that is more than legitimate in a democracy.feedback

Angela Merkel

Since the decision by the United States of America to quit the Paris climate accords, we are more determined than ever to make it a success.feedback

Angela Merkel

Whoever believes the problems of this world can be solved by isolationism and protectionism is making a tremendous error. We will and must take on this existential challenge, and we cannot and will not wait until every last person in the world can be convinced of climate change by scientific evidence. In other words: The climate treaty is irreversible and is not negotiable.feedback

Angela Merkel

The differences are obvious and it would be dishonest to try to cover that up. That I won't do. The European Union unconditionally stands by its agreement in Paris and will implement it speedily and with determination. Those who think that the problems of this world can be solved with isolationism or protectionism are terribly wrong.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

The German government does not have an anti-US strategy, but in America, there are strategists who are planning an anti-Europe, anti-German agenda. We do not want to forcefully separate the US from Europe. But what we don't want either is to appear like an appendage of US policies.feedback

Angela Merkel

The EU's unity is greater than some heated debates might suggest. The remaining EU-27 are well prepared for the Brexit negotiations. Those who believe that these problems can be solved with isolationism and protectionism are seriously misled. We are convinced that climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity, an existential challenge. We cannot wait to act until the science has convinced every last doubter.feedback

Ralf Stegner

(I) don't think that Angela Merkel will have it as easy as the last two times.feedback

Marc Benioff - Salesforce.com

We need to look to countries like Germany and Switzerland who have amazing apprenticeship programs and do this incredible next generation workforce development and that's really the advice that I have given most aggressively. I was in that meeting when Angela Merkel was at the White House with Donald Trump and I felt that the comments that were made by the media were actually quite overblown. I saw them getting along quite well together and I'm very optimistic about the continued (strong) relationship between both countries.feedback

Martin Schulz - European Parliament

We will push through marriage equality in Germany. This week. Angela Merkel made…a move yesterday and we are taking her at her word.feedback

Angela Merkel

If the state entrusts children to the care of such a couple, I can no longer argue so simply on the basis of children's welfare. I would like to lead the discussion more into a situation where it is a question of conscience rather than something I push through with a majority vote.feedback

Axel Hochrein

After 15 years of an ideological blockade ... social pressure and the commitments of other parties have made an impact. Equal rights for all people is part of our constitution.feedback

Volker Beck

This means she has nothing to win on the issue. Before getting trapped in this 'lose lose' situation, she has decided to step aside and say 'O.K., let's just decide in Parliament on the question of conscience, everyone is free to vote.feedback

Axel Hochrein

This shows that the political and social pressure on the government had become so big that she had to react. With three possible coalition partners now declaring that the opening of marriage must be in the coalition contract, perhaps she wants to solve the problem before it appears after the election.feedback

Angela Merkel

I use it sometimes ... then I enter Donald Trump on Twitter and I have it all.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

As Jacques Delors said, for Europe, we need a vision and a screwdriver. Unfortunately, we currently have a lot of screwdrivers but we are still lacking a vision.feedback

Charles Kupchan

I worry about that. The worst outcome is a revived European project that is in part about breaking with the United States.feedback

Natalie Nougayrède

With so much volatility in the Middle East, a quiet rapprochement is in everyone’s interest. Remember how, during the Brexit referendum campaign, voters were told that “millions of Turks” would swamp Europe and Britain if it didn’t get out? Government ministers went on TV to say Turkey’s accession to the EU was just on the horizon, as a result of a refugee deal brokered between Angela Merkel and the Turkish government. Brexiters assured audiences that visa liberalisation for Turks was looming: the hordes were at the gates. None of that happened, of course. Nor is it about to.feedback

Angela Bennett

Although you are trying to help, I don't feel reassured because I live on the 17th floor and as they said on the fire on Grenfell Towers, fire engines don't go up to the 17th floor, everyone at the top of that building died. I know you are trying to reassure us, but I don't feel reassured, because you are not doing enough to help at the moment. You can walk away to your houses, or wherever you live, we have got to sleep in our beds every night knowing what's going to happen to us in these flats. You need to do more and you need to do it now.feedback

Peter Tauber

Because we are in times when right-wing populists are stronger and we don't want to leave patriotism to these people.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

National egotisms are slow poisons that bring about the weakening of democracies and a collective inability to rise up to our historic challenge. I know the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, is conscious of that.feedback

Angela Merkel

There's not just trade - it must be based on rules and needs to be fair.feedback

Angela Merkel

I don't think that changes anything about the arguments in favour of this accord ... so we need to continue with this but I think we have set out an ambitious path and implementing that is now the most important task.feedback

Angela Merkel

Open markets and free, fair sustainable and inclusive trade is a key focus of our G20 presidency. We'll do all we can to get as broad an agreement on this as possible in Hamburg. Given the new American administration that's not easy but nonetheless we need to make the effort.feedback

Angela Merkel

We know that, regrettably, the United States is leaving this accord.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

We know that we cannot achieve peace and stability in the world with military means alone.feedback

Angela Merkel

It's inconceivable that one would do something on one side but not the other. We may have to pursue completely different paths in development policies.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

There's no benefit to messing with the interests of your population all too much.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

We all have an interest ... in keeping them as close as possible to the European Union, because Britain is an important country, vital to the EU in the security and foreign policy realm, and naturally also a part of the European market.feedback

Angela Merkel

We're ready on the European side. We'll see about the rest. The citizens have decided, and I assume that we will have to carry out these negotiations. The remaining 27 nations of the future European Union must represent our interests in a way that strengthens unity among the 27 and still maintains good relations with Britain.feedback

Angela Merkel

When Great Britain is ready, we are ready to negotiate. We have finalised guidelines, the plan and I assume that Great Britain, from what I have been told today, will respect the negotiations calendar. We want to do it quickly, respecting the timetable and I don't see any obstacle in the way of finalising the negotiations.feedback

Angela Merkel

For us, it is clear that the Paris agreement is a cornerstone for cooperation in the world. I believe we must take even more decisive action in Germany and Europe to join forces to combat climate change.feedback

Alexander Radwan

When I speak to carmakers in Germany – especially in Bavaria – so BMW (for example), they tell me the U.K. market is so important for them and then I ask them the question, what is more important… a working European market or the U.K. market? I think they have a preference for the European market and not to the U.K. market and this is the benchmark we have to look at with all deals.feedback

Angela Merkel

If we work together with you to help your countries, then we also create more security for ourselves and we can put a stop to people illegally profiting from the fate of others.feedback

Angela Merkel

If the lack of hope is too great in Africa, then of course there will be young people who believe they have to seek a new life somewhere else in the world.feedback

Angela Merkel

I hope these talks are a big success. And I'd like to offer thanks that the interests of German companies are also being taken into consideration.feedback

Angela Merkel

I assume that Britain, from what I heard from the Prime Minister today, wants to stick to its negotiating plan. We want to negotiate quickly, we want to stick to the time plan, and so at this point I don't think there is anything to suggest these negotiations cannot start as was agreed.feedback

Angela Merkel

Britain is a member of NATO, so we have a lot of shared challenges to deal with, and that's the spirit we want to carry out these negotiations in. But obviously while also asserting the interests of the 27 member states that will make up the European Union in future.feedback

Angela Merkel

There will be issues where not everyone gets what we want. Germany is looking for allies on issues that are important to us. Because if I talk with someone, I can no longer simply say he is stupid.feedback

Angela Merkel

The finance minister will assess the ruling and implement it, but first we should wait for that assessment and then Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble will make his proposals. I don't think our main targets will be at risk.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

With Angela Merkel, we can discuss football and Brexit. I want to say to her that I like the German fanbase model [of running football clubs]. Then I'll invite her to come and watch Arsenal.feedback

Angela Merkel

I am so moved and enthused that so many states and enterprises in the United States of America want to travel this path with us. We will travel it together.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

Climate change is undeniable. I urge all the governments around the world to stay the course, to remain committed to the implementation of the Paris Agreement to the benefit of all of us. And in relation to U.S. society, I am deeply convinced that states, cities, the business community, the civil society, will also remain engaged, will bet on the green economy.feedback

Angela Merkel

We will gather all our strength – in Germany, in Europe and in the world – to meet the great challenges of humanity, like climate change, and to successfully master these challenges. For all for whom the future of this planet is important, I say: Let us continue along this path together, so that we are successful for our Mother Earth. The path, there is no doubt about it, is rocky. I have known that ever since I started in politics. But I am also convinced, if I look back at these more than 20 years, that the path is irreversible.feedback

Peter Altmaier

It's sad that one of the most important allies in climate protection is pulling out with a single stroke of the pen. That's why I'm convinced that this path will continue, that the deal will survive.feedback

Carsten Brzeski - ING-DiBa

Everything would depend on the responsibilities and powers such a euro zone finance minister would receive. Would be a representative role or would it come together with a euro zone budget. Latest comments from Merkel and Macron have given hope that the Franco-German axis could really revive further integration of the euro zone. However, the coming days will show whether it was only words or whether particularly the Germans are willing to put their money where their mouth is.feedback

Dieter Borchmeyer

The definition of what is German used to be only based on culture, since politically Germany didn't exist until 1871. This explains the uncertainty when it comes to determining what is German.feedback

Jens Spahn

German society due to the migration of recent years has a need to reassure itself and to define what's indispensable for it. A healthy patriotism . . . is something that Germans are struggling with based on their history, something they are slowly and carefully developing. People who think their wife should be fully veiled should go find another country. I don't want to see fully veiled women. Those who want that should stay in Saudi Arabia.feedback

Angela Merkel

That's of huge importance and in no way directed against any other relationships and certainly not against the trans-Atlantic ties, which have historically been very important for us and will remain so in future. For that reason, it's important to us that we make progress on the German-Indian, or rather EU-Indian free trade agreement.feedback

Daniel W. Drezner

What's truly impressive about [State's] silence is the apparent lack of comprehension by Trump's foreign policy team about why Merkel would have fired these shots. Trump's ignorant rhetoric and brash demeanor virtually guarantee that elected leaders in large advanced industrialized democracies will benefit from resisting Trump.feedback

Angela Merkel

Here is a situation where it's six, seven if you include the EU, against one. That means there are so far no signs whether the United States of America will remain in the Paris agreement or not.feedback

Sylke Tempel

You don't want to be sitting too comfortably in Trump's boat, or in Trump's boat at all, because Trump's not liked here.feedback

Stephan Bierling

Europeans think they are now being treated worse by Trump than countries like Russia or Saudi Arabia. Given her experience with the Cold War, Merkel has long upheld and defended American ideals. But the belief in shared values has been shattered by the Trump administration.feedback

Frederick Trump

We have a MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany, plus they pay FAR LESS than they should on NATO & military. Very bad for U.S. This will change.feedback