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German Chancellor Angela Merkel emphasized the importance of press freedom, protections for minorities and independent courts in an interview with public broadcaster ARD on Sunday.
"Democracy is more than just somebody getting a majority," Merkel said. "Democracy is protection for minorities, press freedom, the right to demonstrate — democracy is independent courts."
Independence - Institutions - Democracy
If the independence of those institutions is no longer safeguarded, "then democracy would no longer be complete," she added.
Judges in Germany have recently been criticized by politicians, particularly over a state court ruling over the unlawful deportation of Sami A. — the alleged ex-bodyguard of Osama bin Laden. The Higher Administrative Court in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia ordered that Sami A. must be brought back from Tunisia to Germany and fined the authorities who authorized his deportation.
Issue - Press - Freedom - Spotlight - Weeks
The issue of press freedom has also been in the spotlight in recent weeks after police held a TV crew at a far-right demonstration in the eastern city of Dresden.
After surviving a crisis over migration policy that almost dissolved Merkel's governing coalition earlier this summer, her cabinet is currently embroiled in a debate over pensions.
Merkel - ARD - Decision - Pensions - Soon
Merkel told ARD that a decision on pensions "will happen soon." However, the chancellor rejected a proposal from the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) who are pushing for a guarantee that pensions will...
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