CDU PARLIAMENTARY FLOOR LEADER MERZ TALKS IN BERLIN.
Friedrich Merz, parliamentary floor leader of the Christian Democratic
Union party CDU, talks to the media following a meeting with German
Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder in Berlin August 23, 2001. Merz said his
fraction will not approve plans in next week's parliamentary voting for
the deployment of 500 German troops to Macedonia as part of NATO's
third Balkan peace mission.