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Angela Merkel Regrets Nothing

Written by Joe Scudder

When asked about her immigration decision, Merkel regrets no mistakes because she says she never made any.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel regrets none of her decisions about immigration because, if she could do it all over, she would make the same decisions again.

In a way, this makes sense. Angela Merkel could not run for re-election and admit that her most significant decision in office was a threat to her country and the safety of the German people. No matter what, she has to put on a bold face.

Reuters reports, “Merkel has no regrets over refugee policy despite political cost.

In an interview with the Welt am Sonntag newspaper on Sunday, Merkel denied she had made any mistakes with her open-door policy even though the arrival of a million refugees over the last two years from Syria and Iraq opened deep rifts in her conservative party and depressed its support.

Four weeks before the Sept. 24 election, an Emnid opinion poll on Sunday showed Merkel’s conservatives would win 38 percent, or 15 points ahead of the center-left Social Democrats (SPD). That is up from 32 percent in February but well below the 41.5 percent her party won in the last election in 2013.

“I’d make all the important decisions of 2015 the same way again,” Merkel said. “It was an extraordinary situation and I made my decision based on what I thought was right from a political and humanitarian standpoint.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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