Merkel rules out mi­grant pol­icy re­ver­sal after at­tacks

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Re­cent at­tacks in Ger­many in­volv­ing asy­lum-seek­ers would not change its will­ing­ness to take in refugees, Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel has said.

She said the at­tack­ers “wanted to un­der­mine our sense of com­mu­nity, our open­ness and our will­ing­ness to help peo­ple in need. We firmly re­ject this”.

But she did pro­pose new mea­sures to im­prove se­cu­rity.

These in­clude in­for­ma­tion shar­ing, de­ci­pher­ing web chat­ter and tack­ling arms sales on the in­ter­net.

Two re­cent at­tacks in Bavaria were both by asy­lum seek­ers. A sui­cide bomb at­tack in Ans­bach on Sun­day that in­jured 15 peo­ple was car­ried out by a Syr­ian who had been de­nied asy­lum but given tem­po­rary leave to stay.

An axe and knife at­tack on a train in Wuerzburg on 18 July that wounded five peo­ple was car­ried out by an asy­lum seeker from Afghanistan.

Both men had claimed al­le­giance to so-called Is­lamic State.

The dead­li­est re­cent at­tack - in Mu­nich on 22 July which left nine dead - was car­ried out by a Ger­man teenager of Ira­nian ex­trac­tion but was not ji­hadist-re­lated.

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