Refugees would again be welcomed by Germany: Merkel

"This is about obligations that Great Britain has entered into and that naturally must remain on the books", Merkel said in her weekly podcast published Saturday.

Although the plan has successfully reduced irregular migration flows and came as a significant relief for Merkel in domestic politics, the European Union failed to timely deliver the promised funds.

In an interview with national broadcaster ZDF, Merkel said Germany allows plaintiffs to bundle lawsuits against financial companies and the same rights could be offered to vehicle buyers if done right.

The chancellor said in an interview with public broadcaster ZDF on Sunday that she supports training Libya's coast guard to prevent migrants from risking their lives by trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea.

"More and more people are noticing how aloof she is", said Schulz.

French President Emmanuel Macron, elected in May on a pro-EU platform, said he wanted to strengthen Europe's single currency union in light of Brexit and pledged to announce proposals after Germany's election on September 24.

She said the SPD, junior partner in Merkel's current coalition government, had also ruled out governing with the anti-immigrant AfD, but had not issued any clear statements on whether it would work with the Left party.

Separately from any Brexit deals, the EU's next budget talks will "surely be very difficult" because the 28-nation bloc is losing a net contributor, Merkel said.

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. She also commented that Moscow has to cease its actions against Ukraine and that the economic benefits would be good or both Russian Federation and Germany.

She added, though, that this does not mean a political transformation in Syria is not needed.

But Mrs Merkel insisted she would not shy away from hard debates in areas where her popularity has dipped.

"We have a consensus on the necessity to reshape our Turkey policy due to the Turkish government's politics and attitude toward German citizens", he said, adding that they also think that this situation should also effect the economic cooperation between the two countries. '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'.

That was after Merkel happily welcomed 1.2 million Muslim refugees into Germany in 2015, only to be repaid with mass sexual assaults / rapes by 1,000 Muslim migrants/refugees in Cologne, Germany, during 2016 New Year's Eve.

  • Joey Payne