Refugees would again be welcomed by Germany: Merkel

Refugees would again be welcomed by Germany: Merkel

Kerry Wise
August 31, 2017

Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday that she did the right thing by allowing large numbers of migrants into Germany two years ago, but said Europe hasn't done enough to resolve the refugee problem properly since then.

Merkel said in a weekend newspaper interview she has no regrets about her 2015 decision to open Germany's borders to hundreds of thousands of refugees and added she will not be deterred from campaigning by angry hecklers.

Merkel said in her annual summer press conference in Berlin that the German government had made a decision to pursue a new direction in its "complicated" relations with Turkey due to the latter's disregard for due process and legal rights, Efe news reported.

The issue of migration has played an only moderate role in the German election campaign and Merkel is widely expected to win a fourth term in next month's vote. Merkel then began to feel the political costs when her conservative party suffered losses in regional elections.

Merkel told members of her Christian Democratic Union at a previous rally in northern Germany that her government would "do everything in its power" to secure YĆ¼cel's release.

"Merkel must go away", "Protect basic law from Merkel" and "I used to be CDU voter, today I want to see Mrs. Merkel in court," were the welcoming chants from AfD supporters in Bitterfeld-Wolfen, the Leipziger Volkszeitung reported.

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"That some countries refuse to accept any refugees is not on". During the 2016 state elections, after almost 1 million migrants arrived in Germany in 2015, AfD attracted 31.9 percent of the votes in Saxony-Anhalt.

Separately from any Brexit deals, the EU's next budget talks will "surely be very difficult" because the 28-nation bloc is losing a net contributor, Merkel said. Therefore, the defiant chancellor told the anti-refugee hecklers that under her leadership, Berlin still welcomes asylum-seekers.

The arrests have contributed to worsening relations between Berlin and Ankara, which says the arrests are necessary to protect Turkey.

"... The rule of law in Poland - that's a serious issue because the requirements for cooperation within the European Union are the principles of the rule of law", she said.

But the 63-year-old has lashed out at critics, admitting she would react "the same way again" if a similar crisis erupted.

"I've already mentioned Martin Schulz at least once so that you wouldn't say that", Merkel responded, when asked about her reticence.