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

0 22.11.2019 Инфо

W/S Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer at CDU party convention
SOT, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, CDU head (German): "To say ‘Everything that happened in the last 14 years has been done wrong and badly.’ I mean you are all election campaigners. I cannot understand how you want to conduct an election campaign telling the people on the one hand that ‘everything we did was bad but we would be glad if you elect us again so we can continue for the next 14 years.' It is not a successful election campaign strategy."
M/S Delegates applauding
M/S CDU Politician Friedrich Merz
SOT, Annegret Kramp Karrenbauer, CDU head (German): "If you want to create and shape and take responsibility as I do, let us start here, today."
W/S Standing ovations
M/S AKK
C/U Photographer
C/U Delegate applauding
SOT, Friedrich Merz, CDU politician (German): "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."
W/S Party convention
SOT, Friedrich Merz, CDU politician (German): "Greta Thunberg is an impressive person but when she says that we stole her youth. Then we have to answer ’No, your generation had the best youth.’"
C/U Photographer
SOT, Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany (German): "Our values are unbroken, when we think about the fact that 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. This means that we have to campaign for both constantly in order to find solutions for the world of tomorrow."
M/S Delegates
SOT, Urusula von der Leyen, President-elect of the European Commission (German): "China is introducing the certificate trade and they are approaching us Europeans now asking ‘What mistakes have you made, so we will not repeat them. What did you do correctly, so we can follow suit?’ And it’s no surprise that Tesla wants to build its factory on the outskirts of Berlin rather than in Asia or Mexico. We may not be the first ones starting off, but when we do, we do it reliably due to our hip and innovative middle class. And this is a pole position that we should keep, ladies and gentlemen."
C/U Sign reading ‘Germany’s strong centre - CDU’
W/S Delegates entering
M/S Greenpeace protester
W/S Protest in front of venue
SCRIPT
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.