Merkel defends opening borders
ANGELA Merkel says she has no qualms about her decision to open Germany’s doors to refugees in 2015, arguing the policy was “humane” in response to an emergency. The German Chancellor said she made the right decision to allow safe passage – a move that boosted the right-wing populist AfD party and delivered her a political hit. “All important decisions of the year 2015 I would make again,” she told German publication
Welt, referring to that decision. Germany took 890,000 asylum applications in 2015, but less than a third of that number the following year. Ms Merkel also said she would continue pushing for a fair distribution of refugees around Europe as Greece and Italy were bearing a disproportionate burden of the refugee crisis because of their location.