: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Merkel speaks about Ukraine and Europe’s unity in her New Year’s address


German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said in her New Year’s address that the unity of Europe is the key to resolving the Ukrainian crisis.
“We strive to achieve the security in Europe together with Russia, not against Russia,” she said, speaking on Wednesday, December 31. But there is also no doubt that “Europe could not and would not accept the purported law of the mightier party, which ignored international laws,” Deutsche Welle quoted Merkel as saying.
In response to Moscow’s actions against Ukraine Europe is determined not to allow to split itself, Merkel said. According to her, the Europeans are united as never before and are working together to defend their values and the world order.
In the coming year Germany should also become more cohesive: “This will make our society more humane and successful,” Merkel said, adding that now the number of employed German residents is high as never before and that Germany will not have new debt in 2015, for the first time in 46 years.
Merkel also warned against the danger posed by the Islamic State jihadist organization and expressed concern about the increasing popularity of the German anti-Islamic movement “Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West” (Pegida). According to her, the activists of the movement are driven by “prejudice” and “hatred” with respect to Muslims and migrants. Merkel stressed that Germany would continue to assist refugees and receive asylum seekers.

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