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Merkel Considers Backing Down On Refugee Policy After Poor Election

German Chancellor Angela Merkel considers backing down on her open-door refugee policy after taking the blame for her party’s declining popularity.

Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) suffered another major election blow Sunday, when it dropped five points in Berlin’s regional election. The chancellor called a press conference to claim responsibility for the results, and said she was open to a “change in refugee policy” if that’s what Germans want.

“If people are saying that the situation of uncontrolled, unregistered immigration should not be repeated, then I’ll fight for that not to be repeated,” Merkel said. “No one wants that situation, and neither do I.”

Merkel said she would “turn back time for many, many years” if possible, to better prepare for the “humanitarian emergency” that took place last summer.


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