Merkel urges Germans to think of Ukraine and vote in EU ballot

BERLIN Tue Apr 29, 2014 2:12pm EDT

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), waves next to CDU's top candidate for European parliamentary elections David McAllister (L) during an election campaign in Bremerhaven April 29, 2014. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), waves next to CDU's top candidate for European parliamentary elections David McAllister (L) during an election campaign in Bremerhaven April 29, 2014.

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BERLIN (Reuters) - Angela Merkel opened her conservatives' European election campaign with an appeal to Germans to use their vote to keep Europe peaceful and strong, reminding them crisis-hit Ukraine will struggle to hold a free presidential election the same day.

"You can go and vote with a completely free choice, on how you see the Europe of the next few years," she told a rally in the northern German city of Bremerhaven.

"People in Ukraine will also vote on May 25. We still need to do a lot of work, to ensure that they can do this at all freely and independently."

In her speech the German chancellor stressed Europe's hard-won peace and freedom of the last years. "As a European Union we insist on Ukrainians' right to chose how they want to live... Russia has no right to meddle in this choice," she said.

"That is why in the next weeks we will continue to seek dialogue, and when necessary, impose sanctions. The difference to the times of a century ago or 75 years ago is that we no longer solve differences with military means. We have ruled this out. We want a peaceful solution to this difficult situation."

A new opinion poll by INSA put Merkel's conservatives on 36 percent, their coalition partners the Social Democrats (SPD) on 28 percent, the opposition Greens on 11 percent and the Left party on 9 percent. The euro-skeptic Alternative for Germany stood at 7 percent.

Hundreds of pro-Russian separatists stormed government buildings across one of Ukraine's provincial capitals on Tuesday and opened fire on police holed up in a regional headquarters, a major escalation of the rebellion in defiance of new Western sanctions.

(Reporting by Alexandra Hudson; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

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Comments (2)
17plusOne wrote:
~ DON’T FALL INTO THE BANDITS’ TRAP, PRESIDENT PUTIN ~
The bandits are trying to hurt you by attacking your beloved Soldiers, President Putin. Please move your Soldiers further away from the Ukraine borders.
By now you can see that the Ukraine hijacking is a personal attack against you by jealous tyrants. No need to name names, of course. Let them name themselves with their abominable slander.
Advanced counterinsurgency requires understanding the desperate folks who have been provoked by hijackers into false patriotism, rebellion and violence. The nearby presence of Russian troops has excited these desperate rebels into fighting a losing battle that is basically a terrorist-provoked set-up. They are being manipulated by terrorists into destroying Russia instead of helping Russia as they wished.
Please give Chancellor Merkel and Chuck Hagel plenty of space to diffuse this volatile situation as soon as possible. You must not get involved, because you are the main victim, the main target of the Ukraine hijacking. The less you and your military are involved, the sooner we can follow Chancellor Merkel’s plans to restore peace in the region via a democratic voting system in Ukraine.

Apr 29, 2014 5:17pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
gjdm wrote:
@17plusOne, hahahaha
Do you even realise how delusional you sound?
President Putin has militarily taken over Crimea. Now he wishes to conquer Eastern Ukraine. Peace? lol He’s having way too much fun gobbling up Ukraine. Soon he won’t have to worry about the red tape of having to deal with a ‘sovereign’ Ukraine, he can just directly tell them what to do dictator style :)

Apr 29, 2014 10:30pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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