With elections approaching, Merkel insists she was right to open the country’s borders to hundreds of thousands of refugees

Angela Merkel has said she has no regrets about her decision in 2015 to open Germany’s borders to hundreds of thousands of refugees, and insisted she will not be deterred by angry hecklers from campaigning for re-election next month.

In an interview with the Welt am Sonntag newspaper on Sunday, the chancellor 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 weakened its support.

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