Merkel tells voters: Brexit, French poll changed my view on Europe

Pauline Gross
July 17, 2017

"I made clear when I announced my re-election bid that I would run for four years", Merkel said in an interview with ARD television on Sunday, 10 weeks before the national election.

Mrs Merkel also used the interview to defend her record on migration.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she planned to serve a full four-year term if re-elected and defended herself against a political attack by her Social Democratic challenger that she's faltered on public infrastructure investment.

"If we do not invest heavily in research and development, in electric vehicles and energy-saving production processes, we'll fall behind", Schulz said, adding that Europe's largest economy was being challenged by countries where the state owned or subsidised firms.

Mr Schulz will go head-to-head with Chancellor Angela Merkel in Germany's elections on September 24.

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"We organized this together with the mayor, a social democrat, of the port city, Olaf Scholz, who has been an avalanche of criticism following the incident, including the part of the local branch of the conservative party of chancellor merkel, the CDU".

The SPD leader accused the chancellor of "boastfully promising" full employment while not telling voters how she would achieve this.

Calling European Union membership one of Germany's biggest strengths, Merkel said last year's Brexit decision and elections in France and the Netherlands, in which pro-European parties defeated populist candidates, had changed her perspective.

"Germany can do more", Schulz said. "But Germany can do more", Schulz, whose SPD is the junior party in Germany's coalition government, said in the introduction of his ten-point-plan for a modern Germany and a better Europe, Reuters reported.

Merkel has said she is open to proposals of strengthening the single currency through the creation of a euro zone finance minister who would oversee a pooled budget for investments and transfers meant to help member states cushion downturns.

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