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Merkel defends refugee stance by attacking 'polarisation and populism'

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 05:50

Mrs Merkel reaffirmed her stance that Germany is obligated by international law to offer asylum to those fleeing hardship in places such as Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Eritrea - while insisting that those who don't qualify must leave. 

Wuerzburg, Germany

ANGELA Merkel hit back at a surge in "polarisation and populism" two days after the German chancellor featured as the main target of criticism by a gathering of right-wing European leaders.

Defending her refugee policy as an act of moral and legal obligation by a

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