German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she supported proposals to expand the powers of Europe's bailout fund and create a eurozone finance minister, but stopped well short of endorsing more ambitious blueprints for retooling the single currency bloc.
She is running for a fourth term in office in the September 24 election.
Founded in 2013 as an anti-euro party, the AfD shifted its focus after the euro zone debt crisis peaked to campaigning against immigration after Merkel's move in 2015 to open the borders to a flood of migrants, many from the Middle East.
Angela Merkel has said harsher measures should be taken against asylum seekers if they take a holiday in their country of origin.
"I think that we're in a much better position today than we were a year ago, when I was a lot more anxious and I wish Greece every success", Merkel said.
"It's a good thought that would create more stability and show the world that we have all the mechanisms in our portfolio to react to unexpected situations", she said.
In an interview with national broadcaster ZDF, Merkel said Germany allows plaintiffs to bundle lawsuits against financial companies and the same rights could be offered to auto buyers if done right. Merkel has mainly ignored Schulz during her Christian Democratic Union party's campaign.
"That contradicts the spirit of Europe".
"The last four years of the Kohl era was a period of stagnation and political agony", he added.
Merkel's words could also be considered surprising since she and Trump have not had the best of exchanges or interactions. Her mother had migrated from Ghana to Germany.
This centre would be in Egypt, a so-called transit country for refugees and economic migrants aiming to reach Europe. In both cases, the demonstrators expressed their discontent with Merkel's refugee policy, which they said had failed.
"For sure, those Germans who do not want to put up with a nuclear storehouse in their homeland and get involved in the next adventures of their transatlantic partner might be attracted by the promises of Martin Schulz, who is building his campaign on anti-American rhetoric", the analyst noted. Mr Schulz, who doesn't have a position in Ms Merkel's administration, has said it's the government's job to avoid driving bans.
"Assad is stronger than I would like him to be", she admitted.