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Germany: Good relations with Russia and China 'in our interest' - Merkel at CDU conference03:39

Germany: Good relations with Russia and China 'in our interest' - Merkel at CDU conference

Germany, Berlin
November 22, 2019 at 18:34 GMT +00:00 · Published

German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke of the need for improved relations with China and Russia while speaking at the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party conference in Berlin on Friday.

"We campaign for human rights around the globe, including China. But our interests are also there, when we think about the fact that China has become our strongest trade partner. When we want to be good neighbours with Russia. This is in our interest, despite all complications we are facing," Merkel said.

Current CDU leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (AKK) spoke for 90 minutes and attempted to drum up support and party unity.

"If you want to create and shape and take responsibility as I do, let us start here, today," she said. She also reportedly offered to resign if others in her party did not support her. However, her speech was met with standing ovations.

Friedrich Merz, who ran against AKK for the party leadership position in turn pledged loyalty to the party’s leadership.

"They [SPD] vote and start criticising their new chairman and the deputy right away. That’s the difference between us and the Social Democrats. They are structurally disloyal. While we are loyal to our party leadership."

President-elect of the European Commission Ursula von Der Leyen commended Europe for being a reliable economic player, pointing out that Tesla will build a factory on the outskirts of Berlin in the near future, rather than in Asia or Mexico.

Germany: Good relations with Russia and China 'in our interest' - Merkel at CDU conference03:39
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke of the need for improved relations with China and Russia while speaking at the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party conference in Berlin on Friday.

"We campaign for human rights around the globe, including China. But our interests are also there, when we think about the fact that China has become our strongest trade partner. When we want to be good neighbours with Russia. This is in our interest, despite all complications we are facing," Merkel said.

Current CDU leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (AKK) spoke for 90 minutes and attempted to drum up support and party unity.

"If you want to create and shape and take responsibility as I do, let us start here, today," she said. She also reportedly offered to resign if others in her party did not support her. However, her speech was met with standing ovations.

Friedrich Merz, who ran against AKK for the party leadership position in turn pledged loyalty to the party’s leadership.

"They [SPD] vote and start criticising their new chairman and the deputy right away. That’s the difference between us and the Social Democrats. They are structurally disloyal. While we are loyal to our party leadership."

President-elect of the European Commission Ursula von Der Leyen commended Europe for being a reliable economic player, pointing out that Tesla will build a factory on the outskirts of Berlin in the near future, rather than in Asia or Mexico.

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