German Chancellor Angela Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said the European Union needed to develop a response to the growing global political and economic pressures and that this would be the spirit of an EU summit this week.

In her address to lower house of parliament. Merkel also condemned the killing of civilians in Syria as a “massacre”, adding that berlin would reach out to Russia in its efforts to stop the violence.

Merkel said that berlin would discuss the war in Syria with Moscow, adding “we must do everything that is within our power so that this massacre comes to an end.”