Published: Tue, July 18, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Chancellor Angela Merkel rejects refugee limit for Germany in TV interview

Chancellor Angela Merkel rejects refugee limit for Germany in TV interview

During the interview that aired on German television on Sunday, she said: "I have the firm intention to do as I told the people".

Merkel is the favourite to win, but as the UK's election shows, campaigns can change everything.

Mr Schulz said he would push Germany into a period of increased investments and renewed eurozone integration.

Schulz gave no figures, but he has said he wanted to boost infrastructure investment by 30 billion euros over the next four years to improve schools and streets.

Merkel also defended her decision to hold this month's Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Germany's second-largest city, where some demonstrations against the meeting devolved into violent street battles between police and protesters. She said the two issues were completely unrelated. She pointed to already increased investment levels and capacity bottlenecks in some parts of the economy.

"Whoever disrupts global supply chains, or even breaks them, will eventually harm all those involved", Merkel said. While the French leader lauded Germany for undertaking labor-market reforms in a newspaper interview earlier the same day, he signaled Germany's competitive strength also derived from imbalances in the euro area that had helped weaken other member states. Trading partners called on the government to invest more as a way of reducing its massive trade surplus, something US President Donald Trump has railed against.

"No one can say what life will bring, but I certainly intend to continue for four years", Merkel said in response to a question concerning voters' expectations of her being able to fulfill her vision for Germany.

Many people in the past had taken the European Union and its advantages for granted - such as freedom of speech, freedom of religion and freedom to travel, said Merkel who grew up in communist East Germany. "But Germany can do more".

Polls ahead of the September 24 election show Merkel in a strong position.

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