June 4, 2020 / 6:22 PM / a month ago

Germany's Merkel calls for reconciliation after 'terrible' Floyd murder

FILE PHOTO: German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during a news conference after coalition meetings over stimulus measures to reboot post-coronavirus economy, at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany June 3, 2020. John Macdougall/Pool via REUTERS

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the murder of George Floyd, the black man whose death in U.S. police custody set off a wave of protests, was a “very very terrible thing” and called for reconciliation.

“What I demand of politics is that it tries to bring people together and to reconcile,” she told ZDF television when asked about the situation in the United States.

Asked if U.S. President Donald Trump played a role in polarization, she said his political style was controversial, adding: “I work with elected presidents around the world and of course with the American president and I hope that we can bring peace to this country.”

Reporting by Madeline Chambers; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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