A lot has happened since she was first elected, not least her decision last year to let nearly a million migrants into Germany. That decision cost her a lot of support. And she's really trying now to claw back that support with this move to ban the full face veil.
And also a move to the right on internal domestic security policy with her party. What she's doing is, she's trying to claw back ground that her party has lost to the far right Alternative for Germany party, which is very anti immigrant. The focus, really, here in Essen has been on integration and defending Germany's values and the Christian Democrat's values.
This is after all the Christian Democratic Union and the party's been meeting under the motto, our values, our future. The call for a ban on the veil does symbolize a shift to the right on domestic policy by the CDU. However, it's probably token and Merkel can't afford to move too far to the right, but she needs to keep attracting voters in the political center ground.
And her party is also stands for democratic values. And we've seen that in the way she's engaged with US President elect Donald Trump, saying that she's happy to talk to him and engage with him. But on the values of democracy, freedom, and respect for law.>>