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Germany: Merkel talks migrant crisis at rally ahead of crucial regional elections02:07

Germany: Merkel talks migrant crisis at rally ahead of crucial regional elections

Germany, Haigerloch
March 12, 2016 at 15:35 GMT +00:00 · Published

German Chancellor Angela Merkel campaigned for Guido Wolf, the CDU's candidate for Baden-Wurttemberg, during a rally in Haigerloch on Saturday. The event was held one day ahead of Sunday's regional elections in Germany.

Speaking to around 1,400 supporters, Merkel predominantly focused on the refugee crisis, highlighting her party's keenness of easing tensions whilst bearing in mind human rights and the Geneva refugee convention.

"Those who want quick decisions on asylum issues, on issues of the Geneva refugee convention, on questions about providing shelter for those who need it, while refusing entry to those who don't need protection - and we lost time there - must vote for CDU," Merkel stated.

Residents of Baden-Wurttemberg will hit the polling stations on Sunday. According to latest surveys the Green party is leading the race with 32 per cent, while Merkel's CDU comes in second with 27 per cent. The SPD, part of the incumbent coalition with the Greens, is trailing behind with 16 per cent, closely followed by the anti-migrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) with 11 per cent.

Germany: Merkel talks migrant crisis at rally ahead of crucial regional elections02:07
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel campaigned for Guido Wolf, the CDU's candidate for Baden-Wurttemberg, during a rally in Haigerloch on Saturday. The event was held one day ahead of Sunday's regional elections in Germany.

Speaking to around 1,400 supporters, Merkel predominantly focused on the refugee crisis, highlighting her party's keenness of easing tensions whilst bearing in mind human rights and the Geneva refugee convention.

"Those who want quick decisions on asylum issues, on issues of the Geneva refugee convention, on questions about providing shelter for those who need it, while refusing entry to those who don't need protection - and we lost time there - must vote for CDU," Merkel stated.

Residents of Baden-Wurttemberg will hit the polling stations on Sunday. According to latest surveys the Green party is leading the race with 32 per cent, while Merkel's CDU comes in second with 27 per cent. The SPD, part of the incumbent coalition with the Greens, is trailing behind with 16 per cent, closely followed by the anti-migrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) with 11 per cent.

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