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> German Chancellor Angela Merkel, revealing her party's election campaign platform, with some bold moves. A goal to erase almost unemployment in her country within eight years. But also erasing all references to the United States as a friend of Berlin. Showing the rapid deterioration of ties between the states.
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Reuters Chief Political Correspondent in Germany, Paul Carrel.>> A lot of people, many people in Germany, are actually living quite well already. Unemployment is running at just 5.5%, that's the lowest level since reunification in 1990. But the conservatives are promising to get it down even further. They say they can get it down to below 3% by 2025, is that possible?
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Well, the unemployment rate has been trickling down slowly. If it continues to do so, that could be possible, yes. But it would only take an economic slowdown or a recession to knock them off track.>> Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats main rivals, the left-leaning social Democrats, are framing it in another light, social injustice.
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Vowing to raise taxes on the rich, and buoyed by recent victory and legalizing gay marriage. But they're also trying to portray her as a weak adversary to US President Donald Trump, who polls suggest is viewed very negatively by most Germans.>> Merkel has done a little bit, saying, look, on some things, we just don't agree.
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But the social Democrats have said that she's not gone far enough on defense, by agreeing to increase defense spending by 2%. They want to reduce defense spending. What is noticeable in response to that is that they have taken out the word friend, in reference to the United States.
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Which was in there four years ago in their election program.>> Merkel and her allies hold a 16 point lead over the social Democrats. But that wouldn't be enough to let her govern alone. With those numbers, they'll still need to form a coalition with another party, possibly even each other, to keep power.