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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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.