Angela Merkel 3

I’ve spoken several times with Prime Minister Erdogan about relations between Turkey and Israel. I’m pleased that, following President Obama’s visit to Israel, talks between Israel and Turkey are again taking place and hope that relations between them will further improve in the interest of both countries.
Angela Merkel

I’ve often made critical comments about settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank and in east Jerusalem, and my position hasn’t changed. At the same time, it’s equally important to me that the two sides, both Israel and the Palestinians, work towards a durable peace settlement: that’s to say a viable two-state solution.
Angela Merkel

We’ve stated very clearly that no negotiating chapters between the European Union and Turkey will be concluded before the Ankara Protocol is complied with: that’s to say before Turkey grants all E.U. member states, including Cyprus, access to its ports.
Angela Merkel

We Germans have a special responsibility to be alert, sensitive, and aware of what we did during the Nazi era and about lasting damage caused in other countries. I’ve got tremendous sympathy for that.
Angela Merkel

We believe that from both a German and a Polish perspective, it is desirable for Great Britain to remain in the European Union.
Angela Merkel

I never felt the GDR was my home country.
Angela Merkel

Russia has nothing: no successful politics or economy.
Angela Merkel

Whenever I was able to work with Hillary Clinton, it was a great pleasure.
Angela Merkel

Former president Wulff said Islam belongs to Germany. That is true. I also hold this opinion.
Angela Merkel

Hatred, racism, and extremism have no place in this country.
Angela Merkel

We are a country based on democracy, tolerance, and openness to the world.
Angela Merkel

I’ve learned that even the word ‘jubilee’ used in connection with the Reformation can give rise to discussions.
Angela Merkel

Especially in a very secular world, we should always stress what is common in the Christian religion.
Angela Merkel

There are achievements of European integration that cannot be haggled over: for example the principle of free movement and the principle of non-discrimination.
Angela Merkel

If you wish to have free access to the single market, then you have to accept the fundamental rights as well as obligation that come from it.
Angela Merkel

Free access to the single market will be granted to a country which accepts the four fundamental freedoms of movement of people, goods, services, and capital.
Angela Merkel

Here we have the Schengen agreement, and the truth is that for years we trusted each other and set border controls on the outer borders of the European Union. And as was the case with the economic and monetary union, with this step, regarding the management of the Schengen area, we did not go all the way in terms of political solutions.
Angela Merkel

Controversial disputes are a part of democratic culture.
Angela Merkel

There is a lot that binds Germany to Turkey, and even if we have a difference of opinion on an individual matter, the breadth of our links, our friendship, our strategic ties, is great.
Angela Merkel
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I can say that we are very clear in our mind about the responsibility of the national soldiers for the break with civilisation that was the Shoah. We are firmly convinced that this is something that will have to be handed over to generations to come… so we don’t see any reason to change our view of history.
Angela Merkel

We abide by our responsibility as Germany for the Shoah.
Angela Merkel

I think the political class in Berlin doesn’t need to be supervised and monitored by intelligence services in order to find out what they’re thinking. Just go to lunch with them, go to dinner with them, or read the papers.
Angela Merkel

Whenever you have political conflict, such as the one that we have now between Russia and Ukraine, but also in many other conflicts around the world, it has always proved to be right to try again and again to solve such a conflict.
Angela Merkel

For somebody who comes from Europe, I can only say if we give up this principle of territorial integrity of countries, then we will not be able to maintain the peaceful order of Europe that we’ve been able to achieve.
Angela Merkel

We have shared responsibility for global climate; we have to reduce climate change below 2 degrees Celsius.
Angela Merkel

I personally hope and wish that Britain will stay part and parcel of the European Union.
Angela Merkel

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