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Angela Merkel DEFENDS migrant policy despite claims she could be DESELECTED


ANGELA Merkel has again defended her controversial immigration policy after letting almost two million migrants into Germany last year.Angela MerkelGETTY

The Chancellor's open-door stance has come under widespread criticism and could even lead her to be deselected by her own party.But she stood by her decision, telling a German newspaper: "It's simply incorrect to say thatterrorism came only with the refugees."It was already here in myriad forms and with the various potential attackers that we have been watching."She said: "There are political issues that one can see coming but don't really register with people at that certain moment."And in Germany we ignored both the problem for too long and blocked out the need to find a pan-European solution."
Migrant crisis
Earlier this week Mrs Merkel came under attack from her deputy, who said she "underestimated" the challenges of the mass migrant influx.Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel added: "I, we, have always said that it is inconceivable to take one million people into Germany every year. "There is an upper limit to a country's integration ability."Angela MerkelGETY
The Christian Social Union (CSU), a junior partner of Mrs Merkel's Christian Democratic Union, has yet to endorse the Chancellor as their joint candidate.The 62-year-old is expected to seek a fourth term in office, but the CSU is reportedly delaying its decision on which candidate to back until next spring.
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