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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has condemned the death in US police custody of George Floyd as ‘murder’, saying that ‘racism is something terrible’.

“This murder of George Floyd is very terrible. Racism is something terrible. Society in the United States is very polarized,” Merkel said in an interview with ZDF.

Asked about US President’s Donald Trump’s role in the unrest sweeping the country, Merkel said while she tries ‘to bring people together, to seek reconciliation’, the US leader’s ‘political style is a very controversial one’. 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.'

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