2015 decision to admit refugees `humanitarian exception’, says Merkel

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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)

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