Merkel de­fends open­ing borders

The Observer - - NEWS WORLD -

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.

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