Hundreds of people gathered in Cloppenburg, Lower Saxony to listen to German Chancellor Angela Merkel during CDU campaign rally. The rally was taking place as part of the run-up to the upcoming federal election on September 24th. During her speech, she stressed the role of the elections in the unity of Europe, saying that «Europe is a project of peace, that is why it is right that we are... Еще working together as Europeans». Merkel called for unity in the fight against recent attacks in Europe as it could be defeated only through «joint international effort». Outside the venue, dozens of anti-Merkel protesters staged a rally, calling for a halt on the construction of a very high voltage power line on Conneforde-Cloppenburg-Merzen route.