Germany’s Merkel defends 2015 migration policy Aug 14, 2019 0 311 12345 DPAStralsundGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel defended her migration policy on Tuesday, saying she believed her decision in September 2015 to open Germany’s borders to refugees and migrants stranded in Hungary was the right one.Speaking at a forum with citizens in north-eastern Germany, Merkel said she had to live with the fact that her decision to have Germany take in significant numbers of migrants caused her and her government problems.“And still I would always say it was right, that we helped in a humanitarian emergency,” the chancellor said.She also said that Germany should not only strive to maintain its wealth, but needed to accept that it was part of an international community. “We can not just think about ourselves,” Merkel said.Concerning migrant rescue in the Mediterranean, the German chancellor said it was necessary to adhere to “the rule of humanity.” She also criticised smuggling and trafficking operations that bring migrants to Europe.One local politician asked Merkel if she had divided the country with her migration policy, and accused her of leading Germany “into a dictatorship in the name of tolerance.” The politician said members of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) were not allowed to freely express their views.The AfD campaigns on an anti-immigrant platform. RELATED ARTICLES Most important trade deal is with the EU: British PM Aug 14, 2019 0 325 Climate campaigner Greta prepares to sail to the US on boat with no toilet Aug 14, 2019 0 701 29 US states and cities sue Trump over climate protections Aug 14, 2019 0 645 Paris launches Notre-Dame lead decontamination work Paris: French workers on Tuesday began efforts to remove lead from the area around Notre-Dame cathedral which was contaminated by the devastating April fire, sparking public health concerns and forcing the suspension .. Spain ignores call to take in minors stuck on rescue boat Madrid: Spain on Tuesday refused to consider a request from a Spanish rescue boat that it grant asylum to 31 minors stuck aboard the ship, arguing the demand was not valid. The captain of the Open Arms, Marc Reig, sent a .. Ukraine’s president offers citizenship to Russian political refugees KIEV: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy signed a decree on Tuesday offering citizenship to Russians suffering political persecution, and also to foreigners who fought on Kiev’s side in the conflict in eastern .. Italy delays no-confidence debate in rowdy Senate session AFP Rome A ROWDY Italian Senate on Tuesday rejected a call by far-right leader Matteo Salvini for a swift no-confidence vote, deciding instead that Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte would address the crisis on August 20. .. Trump official twists Statue of Liberty poem for new migrant policy Washington: The head of US immigration services on Tuesday twisted the words of a poem on the Statue of Liberty, a symbol of the US’ history of immigration, to justify the Trump administration’s latest moves to crack down ..