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Merkel: Russia, Germany would benefit from lifting of sanctions
01 September 2017, 01:57 | Katrina Lee
Martin Schulz Chairman and chancellor candidate of the German Social Democratic Party | Jorg Carstensen AFP via Getty Images
"And that means serving the people of Germany", she said.
The leaders had hoped for a lasting cease-fire timed to the new school year.
Martin Retsch, from the UN Refugee Agency, said the practice was not "widespread".
Immigration is a hot-button issue in the elections, but AfD, a populist anti-immigrant party, has failed to make headway despite its talk of migrant terrorism.
The chancellor has repeatedly said that another emergency situation shouldn't be allowed to happen again, but if it did, she wouldn't change any of the major decisions she made in 2015.
Macron and Merkel said they would continue to "watch closely" the situation in the coming days.
Earlier, Schulz stated that Angela Merkel and her ruling CDU party are "out of touch" with reality.
Following the torrid reception performance in an AfD stronghold, Merkel also received a hostile reception at her evening engagement in Brandenburg an der Havel, a German town west of Berlin, where AfD held a rally just ahead of her arrival.
But she says "Europe itself still hasn't done its homework to this day", with some countries refusing to accept a share of the refugees arriving in Europe. I know that the problem of youth unemployment has not been overcome but with these figures we are in a much better position than we were 2-3 years ago.
Merkel during the interview continued to defend that decision. Libya, Chad and Niger are all transit nations for migrants bound for Europe.
That is up from 32 per cent in February but well below the 41.5 per cent her party won in the last election in 2013.
The Social Democratic Party (SPD) leader said Merkel had tried to dictate terms for their sole televised debate next week, and accused her of abusing the perks of office by flying to campaign events "at a bargain price".
The volume and intensity of the protests have been especially strong in her home region in formerly communist eastern Germany.
But Mrs Merkel insisted she would not shy away from hard debates in areas where her popularity has dipped. Independent journalism is a basic pillar of democracy that can "never be questioned, even when it is uncomfortable", she had said. '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'.
Europe is facing an unprecedented influx of refugees.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she could imagine the eurozone having an economy and finance minister, but Berlin still needs to discuss with France what such an official would actually do.
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