‘We will not fail in historic task to help asylum seekers’ – Merkel

Chancellor Angela Merkel passes photographers as she arrives
for a press conference in Berlin. Photo: Getty

Angela Merkel has refused to back down on her open-door refugee policy after a week of violence in Germany that included three attacks by asylum seekers.

Ms Merkel said yesterday that Germany was “at war” with Isil after the terror group had claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing and an axe attack on a train in Bavaria.

But she insisted that Germany would not fail in its “historic task” of integrating the more than a million asylum seekers who arrived last year.

“The terrorists want us to lose sight of what is important to us,” she said. “They want to undermine our sense of community, our openness and our willingness to help people in need. We firmly reject this.”

Mrs Merkel broke off her summer holiday to return to Berlin and address concerns after four violent attacks in Bavaria over seven days.

A German-born teenager of Iranian descent shot dead nine people in Munich and a Syrian asylum seeker murdered a Polish woman in an apparent crime of passion.

However, public concern has focused on two terror attacks by asylum seekers. An Afghan injured five people in an axe attack on a train, while a Syrian killed himself and injured 15 others in a suicide bombing.


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