‘Historical duty’

Angela Merkel is still committed to taking in 1 million immigrants despite wave of attacks

BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 23: German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for a statement following the shootings in Munich on July 23, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Carsten Koall/Getty Images)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will remain steadfast in her welcoming of refugees into Germany even as she proposed new security measures in response to recent terror attacks launched by asylum-seekers.Two attacks in Bavaria were carried out by recent immigrants, as well as attacks in Ansbach, Wuerzburg, and Munich. Merkel said the asylum seekers who perpetrated the attacks “shamed the country that welcome them” but that Germans would still stick to their principles in opening their borders to those in need.

The attackers, she said, “wanted to undermine our sense of community, our openness and our willingness to help people in need. We firmly reject this.”

Merkel said that increasing  information sharing and intelligence operations to decipher web chatter, and cracking down on arms sales on the internet will help reduce the risk of attacks by terrorists in Germany. She has committed the country to accepting 1 million immigrants during the refugee crisis, calling it the country’s “historic duty.”

Read the full story at the BBC.

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