Germany's Angela Merkel: 'Refugees must be distributed fairly'

Germany's Angela Merkel: 'Refugees must be distributed fairly'

Germany's Angela Merkel: 'Refugees must be distributed fairly'

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.

Merkel, expected to win a record-tying fourth term, defended her decision in 2015 to allow in over a million migrants, carrying on her speech despite loud heckling from a group of around 60 protesters, many of whom carried AfD signs.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel then began to feel the political costs when her conservative party suffered losses in regional elections.

"This statement about Minister Ozoguz is racist", Merkel said.

Merkel said those kind of "extraordinary situations happen every once in a while in a country's history".

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

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Support for Merkel's Christian Democratic-led bloc declined 1 percentage point to 38 percent while her main opponent, the Social Democrats led by challenger Martin Schulz, also fell 1 point to 23 percent, according to a weekly Emnid poll for Bild am Sonntag newspaper.

"I still have the strength and the curiosity [to lead]", she said. With Federal elections to be held next month, Mrs. Merkel is keen to look like she has control of the migrant issue. Trump famously did not respond to Merkel's question of "Do you want to have a handshake?" in front of photographers and reporters when they met in March, even though they shook hands other times during her White House visit.

Germany and Egypt have agreed on a plan to reduce the flow of refugees and asylum seekers to Europe, as part of Berlin's wider push to curb the stream of illegal and unchecked immigration to the European country, refugees' ideal destination.

Merkel on Saturday encountered fierce protest in an election campaign rally in Quedlinburg in eastern Germany's state of Saxony-Anhalt, where the anti-foreigner sentiment is obviously strong.

"I am working together with French President and also the help of the United Sates on finding solutions within the Normandy format, " Ms Merkel said.

He homed in on a report in news magazine Der Spiegel at the weekend which claimed that Merkel was using police and army helicopters on the campaign trail but that her party was only paying a fraction of market rates.

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