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Merkel Says EU Elections to Be Ultimate Test of European Unity

Patrick Donahue, Arne Delfs
Merkel Says EU Elections to Be Ultimate Test of European Unity

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Europe will face a test of unity in next year’s continent-wide parliamentary elections, as she called for European Union nations to work together to overcome challenges including migration and trade. Calling the 28-member bloc’s struggle with migration a “much larger” challenge than the euro-area debt crisis of earlier this decade, Merkel called on the EU to rely on its strength in the global market place as a united force. “I’m grateful that we’re a part of Europe and EU trade negotiations take place for all European countries -- and we all have a joint currency, so that you can’t speculate against any one currency,” Merkel told lawmakers in the Bundestag in Berlin on Wednesday.