German gov't united on anti-Turkey rhetoric ahead of federal elections

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The regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has turned out to be more stable than Berlin would like it to be, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said at an annual news conference in Germany's capital on Tuesday.

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.

More than a million migrants have arrived in Germany over the past two years since Mrs. Merkel suspended European Union border rules and said her nation would take "no upper limit" of new arrivals.

Most of the complaints come from supporters of the right-wing populist Alternative for Germany party, which is poised to win seats in the federal parliament for the first time in the September general election, the daily Mannheimer Morgen newspaper said.

In an interview published on Sunday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel stood by her resolution two years ago to provide refuge to those fleeing from warfare in Syria and other countries. That compares with a 39-38 percent edge for Merkel in January, when Schulz's emergence as her main challenger gave the SPD a temporary poll boost.

She hoped Russia's "flagrant breach" of territorial integrity over Crimea would not be repeated elsewhere, such as in the Baltics.

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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.

"Europe has not yet done its homework - we do not have a functioning Dublin system -that needs to be reformed, and the interior ministers are working on that".

French President Emmanuel Macron, who hosted the summit, called the gathering the most effective and far-reaching migration meeting in months, though many details remained undetermined, the Associated Press reported.

The sanctions were placed by the European Union against Russian Federation for backing separatists in eastern Ukraine and Merkel told reporters Tuesday there's still a situation there where "Ukraine does not have full sovereignty".

"We can not shut ourselves off and continue as before", she said. "That's the thought that guides us", she said.

The official, Aydan Ozoguz, had said that "a specifically German culture is, beyond the language, simply not identifiable".

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