German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday that Europe must be ready to respond to the United State's decision to raise tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, but said she hoped for talks on the issue.
Horst Seehofer, who is currrently still the governor of Bavaria, said Sunday he wants to implement a "plan for accelerated asylum procedures and consequent deportations".
Merkel, who is set to take charge of her fourth term as Chancellor on Wednesday, also promised to work for a strong Europe as she seeks to resolve the standoff with Washington over USA tariffs.More news: Aston Villa boss Bruce: Terry our biggest name - we need him now
"There must be a consensus.that we no longer tolerate areas where the rule of law does not apply", he added, mentioning more video surveillance and faster processing of failed asylum applicants.
The leaders of Germany's conservative parties and Social Democrats (SPD) plan to sign their coalition government agreement on Monday, bringing an official end to almost half a year of political uncertainty. Parliament is due to elect Merkel for her fourth term as chancellor on Wednesday, a record 171 days after Germans voted.
Merkel welcomed talks the European Union has already started, and said the new German government will hold talks of its own.More news: Nicole Kidman sets new series 'The Undoing' at HBO
"The motto of the grand coalition now is working diligently instead of quarrelling industriously", he said.
Merkel's designated deputy and finance minister, Olaf Scholz of the SPD, joked that the "grand coalition", forged half a year after inconclusive September elections, had "not started as a love marriage".
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