The regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has turned out to be more stable than Berlin would like it to be, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said at an annual news conference in Germany's capital on Tuesday.
As the German federal elections scheduled on September 24 are approaching, the AfD is likely to win over 5 percent of votes and thus reach the threshold for entering the Bundestag, or the Federal Parliament, for the first time after the WWII as a far-right party.
Martin Schulz, Mrs Merkel's main challenger, stepped up his attacks yesterday, labelling the Chancellor "aloof" and "out of touch".
"I'm really doing everything I can to fulfill that oath", she said when asked about Schulz's criticism.
"As much as I want good relations with Poland, our neighbour. we can not stay silent and say nothing just to keep the peace", she said.
'It will take time and patience but we will succeed'.
The Social Democrat also criticised Ms Merkel for failing to win over other European Union countries to take in large numbers of refugees, pressed her to take a tougher stand against Erdogan over the jailing of German citizens, and touted a 12 billion-euro (S$19.43 billion) plan to improve schools.
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It came as the Syrian government said it had reached a surrender deal with ISIL fighters on its side of the border. They did not confirm whether they have defeated the so called Islamic State.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is calling on Turkey to release German citizens swept up in the aftermath of a failed coup attempt, calling their imprisonment "unjustified".
Deniz Yucel, a German-Turkish journalist, was arrested in Turkey in February on charges of terror propaganda.
Despite surging in the polls, the German leader faces some serious public backlash on her campaign trail.
The arrests have contributed to worsening relations between Berlin and Ankara, which have also been strained by other issues.
"If they choose to govern together and the Germans want to pay more taxes to send to the south, that's up to them", Redwood said.
"And that means serving the people of Germany", she said.
A leading candidate for the party, Alexander Gauland, drew fire this week after he insulted Merkel's integration minister, Aydan Ozoguz, over an op-ed she wrote questioning the nature of German culture. "I thought that Nazism was over in Germany, but it turns out that it is still going on", he said.