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Merkel promises quick financial aid to flood-hit areas in Germany

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel promised emergency financial aid, distributed quickly and without bureaucratic hurdles, on Tuesday during her second trip to flood-hit areas in the country’s west. “Together we will do everything we can to ensure that the money gets quickly to the people, who often have nothing left besides what they’re wearing,” said Merkel in badly damaged Bad Muenstereifel in the state of North Rhine Westphalia. Merkel was there on Tuesday with Armin Laschet, the state’s premier and her possible successor as chancellor after September elections. “The forms and the application…

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