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31 August 2017, 01:24 | Colleen Roy
Merkel on refugee policy: 'I'd make all the important decisions of 2015 the same way again'
GermanChancellor Angela Merkel has defended her 2015 decision to admit hundreds of thousands of refugees into the country, saying protests and demonstrations would not change her liberal approach to the issue.
Speaking at a news conference in Berlin on Tuesday, Merkel said a major part of EU's promised €3 billion ($3.5 billion) funding was already allocated for projects to support Syrian refugees in Turkey, but the funding had not yet been used in full.
With less than a month left before the September 24 election, it was her comments on the issues driving her election campaign that resonated most.
Her Christian Democrats (CDU) now has a 13-per-cent-point electoral lead on their main challenger, the Social Democrats (SPD).
She added, though, that this does not mean a political transformation in Syria is not needed.
He also compared her to former German chancellor Helmut Kohl, who like Merkel, spent more than a decade in office.
The steps she demanded against organized traffickers, more development aid as well as humanitarian housing in Libya were of the "same spirit" as the aid for refugees in the summer of 2015. 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.
She did not speak out on migrants or Turkey, but she said, also on Sunday in an interview with Die Welt, a German newspaper, that she did not regret opening Germany's doors to refugees at the height of the migration crisis. And I have to say that we cannot simply go back and do business as usual with the vehicle industry. The Government claims it never put a numerical figure on the number it would accept through the "Dubs scheme" - which was championed by Labour peer Lord Dubs, himself a Jewish refugee to the United Kingdom from Nazi-occupied Europe during WWII.
'It will take time and patience but we will succeed'.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel once again called on the Turkish authorities to release jailed German citizens, Deutsche Welle reports.
Merkel says "this is a very complicated phase of our relationship" with Turkey.
In the eastern town of Quedlinburg on Saturday, she tried to engage the voters but unfortunately the people just couldn't forget the type of damage Merkel has brought to the nation.
She attended a meeting in Paris on Monday evening with leaders from France, Germany, Italy and Spain as well as Chad and Niger and one of Libya's leaders.
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