Merkel rejects proposal on refugee limit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for a TV interview by ARD public broadcaster in Berlin Germany

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for a TV interview by ARD public broadcaster in Berlin Germany

"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 said Germany had to increase investment in high-speed internet broadband connections. That sentiment echoed French President Emmanuel Macron, who last week called Germany out for doing too little to address its trade surplus. The challenge to increased investment consists of bureaucratic barriers to allocating funds, she said, requiring accelerated planning processes. "I don't see the main problem as the question of whether there should be more money - you can and you must do that - but rather in accelerating planning".

"It's also a question of justice among generations not to leave behind a dilapidated country, but rather to invest so that they have the same conditions as we do", Schulz told a crowd at SPD headquarters in Berlin.

In the wide ranging interview, Merkel said she hoped to work with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to resolve a widening gulf between Turkey and Germany. Asked about the violence at the G20 summit in Hamburg earlier this month, Merkel defended the decision to hold the meeting in Germany's second-biggest city. Merkel is the favourite to win, but as the UK's election shows, campaigns can change everything.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party Christian Democratic Union (CDU) has dismissed proposals from its sister party Christian Social Union (CSU) to impose a limit on the number of refugees admitted to the country.

The odds of Merkel's party winning the September election, are as of 10th July, according to William Hill, 1/14, whereas the company gives Schulz's SDP odds of 13/2.

Schulz is hoping to beat Chancellor Angela Merkel in a September 24 election but the SPD has lost momentum in the polls after gaining at first following his nomination in January.

"As far as an upper limit is concerned, my position is clear: I will not accept it", she said, saying that numbers could be reduced by regulation and taking action to prevent the situations that cause people to flee one country for another.

Germany's current-account surplus has been on the receiving end of persistent criticism, including most recently from the International Monetary Fund and the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump.

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