Germany: Merkel pledges to heal divisions during New Year address

German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged to heal social divisions in the country during her annual New Year’s address from Berlin released on Sunday. Merkel, who is battling to form a new coalition government, admitted that differing views of society caused some to question the «cohesion» of Germany. Addressing the “many voices» of society, Merkel encouraged Germans to look towards what... Еще unites them. Since the general election, the so-called Jamaica coalition talks collapsed and Merkel has so far been unable to persuade the Social Democrats to enter into another grand coalition. The growing political instability has raised the possibility of fresh elections and further gains made by the far-right Alternative for Germany. On the international stage, the Chancellor described Germany's future as «inseparable» from the rest of Europe. Merkel also used the speech to identify the government's policy priorities, including increased defence spending, greater investment in public services and tackling inequalities between urban and rural areas. Credit: German Government


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