European Union and Turkey have little hope of deepening ties, Merkel says

"This is about obligations that Great Britain has entered into and that naturally must remain on the books", Merkel said in her weekly podcast published Saturday.

Macron and Merkel said they would continue to "watch closely" the situation in the coming days.

Regarding the euro area as a whole, the German chancellor pointed to several encouraging signs, such as that fact that all member-states - including Greece - were experiencing economic growth, while the number of jobless was down and employment was rising. During the 2016 state elections, after almost 1 million migrants arrived in Germany in 2015, AfD attracted 31.9 percent of the votes in Saxony-Anhalt.

It took two consecutive embarrassing defeats (one in her home turf) for the chancellor to understand that the Germans have had enough of her "Wir schaffen es" (we can do it) bullshit.

As Merkel runs for a fourth term in Germany's September 24 election on a platform of defending European Union values, she joined French President Emmanuel Macron in criticizing Poland for a government push to encroach on the courts.

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"I still have the strength and the curiosity [to lead]", she said.

Merkel said it was important to more clearly differentiate between those fleeing poverty, who usually are not granted asylum, and those whose needs are humanitarian and usually do receive asylum protection.

In an interview yesterday, discussing her response to the refugee crisis, the Chancellor said she would do everything "the same way again" if she had the opportunity.

A day after Europe's "big four" continental powers and three African states settled on a plan to tackle their migrant crisis, Merkel pressed her European peers to do still more.

The Chancellor was booed as she ascended the stage and the outbursts continued. Libya, Chad and Niger are all transit nations for migrants bound for Europe.

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That is up from 32 per cent in February but well below the 41.5 per cent her party won in the last election in 2013. "Some believe the problems in Germany can be fixed by screaming - but I don't think so and the majority of the people here don't think so either".

She said: "We're a democracy and everyone can freely express themselves in public the way they want".

Alternative for Germany, or AfD, appears set to enter parliament next month, but its poll numbers have fallen well below where they stood after almost 1 million migrants arrived in Germany in 2015.

As soon as the projects were completed, another 3 billion euros would be made available to Ankara, she added.

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