Germany's Merkel Urges Respect for Human Rights in Egypt


German Chancellor Angela Merkel has weighed into the political crisis engulfing Egypt. 

She urged Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi during talks in Berlin to reach out to the political opposition as the Egyptian leader rejected opposition calls for a government of national unity to end a week of bloody violence.

In the midst of the worst violence in Egypt since the Arab Spring uprising, Mr. Morsi paid a shortened but politically important visit to Berlin. 

He is on a mission to reassure Europe that he and his government would remain on the path toward democracy. 

Germany warned ahead of the meeting that any future aid to Egypt depends on democratic progress.