Merkel: Refugees who attack us mock Germany but we will still take them in

Chancellor Angel Merkel says refugees who carry out attacks in Germany are mocking the country that took them in. But, while she pledged to do everything she could to stop the attacks and to keep the country secure, she said there would be no reversal in the policy of taking in migrants. “The terrorists want to make us lose sight of what is important to us, break down our cohesion and sense of community as well as inhibiting our way of life, our openness and our willingness take in people who are in need,” she said.

They see hatred and fear between cultures and they see hatred and fear between religions. We stand decisively against that. .

Angela Merkel

Mrs Merkel broke off her holiday to attend a news conference in the wake of a string of attacks including a shooting in a McDonald’s and a suicide bombing at a music festival. She insisted that Germany would “stick to our principles” and give shelter to those who deserve it. Her remarks came as Bavaria’s interior minister said the 18-year-old German-Iranian who killed nine in his rampage at the McDonald’s appeared to have seen it as an “especially positive fate” that his birthday was on the same day as Adolf Hitler’s, April 20. He also left a rambling note detailing his mental illnesses, it was revealed.

We need to hold mosques more responsible when it comes to prevention among teenagers

Aydan Ozoguz, Germany’s commissioner for immigration