German Chancellor and Christian Democratic Union Party (CDU) leader Angela Merkel hit the campaign trail ahead of next month’s federal election with a rally at Bremen, Tuesday. 

SOT, Angela Merkel, German Chancellor and Christian Democratic Union Party (CDU) leader (German): “Basically it means that we can live well in Germany only in that case, if we not only care about ourselves, but also pay attention to other parts of the world. Of course, it is very important for us to have partners. We might be not satisfied with everything what’s going on in Europe today. I don’t think that it is okay that some of the [EU] countries don’t show solidarity with refugees. Building Europe together also means to tackle with difficult situations together, because you cannot simply choose things that suit you.”

SOT, Angela Merkel, German Chancellor and Christian Democratic Union Party (CDU) leader (German): “Due to the decision of British citizens, due to the worries, which we had about the elections in France or in Netherlands, all of us thought a lot about Europe. For the first time in many years, we have a poster in the Bundestag election campaign, which is concerned with Europe, because we are convinced – if we strengthen Europe, we also strengthen Germany. Germany and Europe belong to each other. These are two sides of the same coin, as Helmut Kohl has always said. And we must continue with that, because Europe is a project of peace and freedom.”

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