Germany: Merkel tackles Turkey and N. Korea in last parliament address ahead of elections

German Chancellor Angela Merkel addressed Germany’s parliament in Berlin, Tuesday, during the final plenary session of the current term and in her last address to MPs in her third term as the head of state. Speaking on relations with Turkey, Merkel said, «I propose that in October in the European Council we discuss the relationship with Turkey and also the question of whether to suspend or end... Еще European negotiations with Turkey.» With regards to the escalating tensions with North Korea, the German Chancellor said that “there can only be a peaceful, diplomatic solution.” Merkel also revealed that German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel would push for “new sanctions against North Korea from the European side,” at a foreign ministers' summit in Gymnich set to take place the upcoming weekend. “Europe has an important voice in the world and must use it in this situation,» Merkel stressed. The German federal election is scheduled to take place on September 24. Merkel will run for a fourth term in office, as a candidate for the Christian Democratic Union (CDU). Her main opponent is Social Democratic Party (SPD)'s Martin Schulz.


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