From Telegraph UK
|Merkel speaks out against Turkey and Russia in assertive speech on her return to parliament|
A weakened Angela Merkel sought to reclaim her place on the world stage on Wednesday as she spoke out against Russian and Turkish aggression and warned President Donald Trump against protectionism.
Mrs Merkel tried to put damaging election losses and months of difficult coalition negotiations behind her as she set out her new government’s programme to the German parliament.
She defended her controversial refugee policy and said it was time for Germany and Europe to do more to solve the crisis “on the EU’s doorstep” in Syria.
“We have been too half-hearted for too long,” she said, as she spoke out against “the gruesome acts of the Assad regime in eastern Ghouta while Russia looks on”.