German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, said on Tuesday that her decision, two years ago, to allow hundreds of thousands of migrants to enter Germany was a “humanitarian exception’’.
She said that the decision was “not the basis for a long-term strategy.’’
Merkel said at her annual summer news conference ahead of a general election that steps had been taken in the wake of that decision to ensure that such an influx would not repeat itself.
She is running for a fourth term in office in the Sept. 24 election.
Her Christian Democrats (CDU) currently has a 13-per-cent-point electoral lead on their main challenger, the Social Democrats (SPD)