"It would be right to wait until we have some steps before we can discuss the question of sanctions", Merkel told a joint news conference the leaders of her coalition allies, the Bavarian CSU and the left-leaning Social Democrats.
Merkel is scheduled to be sworn in for a fourth term as German chancellor Wednesday this week, along with the new German government, after nearly six months since federal elections took place in the country. Merkel welcomed talks the European Union has already started, and said the new German government will hold talks of its own.
"I would first like to see a few steps and then we could talk about the sanctions issue, but they would have to be important steps", she said. In Europe, French President Emmanuel Macron has been awaiting a German response to his calls for an ambitious European Union reform agenda.
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Merkel's designated new finance chief Scholz will also soon visit France, she said.
She said that "we need Europe - a Europe that shares the same values and acts together, particularly toward the outside world, and we. will make our contribution".
Just one day after it was revealed that Angela Merkel sends Vladimir Putin bottles of German beer, the chancellor has said that the Russian president also sends gifts her way.
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The new "grand coalition" of Germany's biggest parties emerged after Merkel's attempt to forge an alliance with two smaller parties collapsed.
Germany's new grand coalition "didn't start off as a marriage of love" but marks the end of a period of political uncertainty, interim leader of the Social Democrats Olaf Scholz said Monday, as the coalition parties ready to sign an agreement. "Of course, for all the positions to be filled in the next year ... we will have good candidates, but I don't want to speculate today", Merkel said.
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