‘If we need new Germans, we can make them ourselves,’ say the far right. Immigration is now key to an election in which many are undecided

There is something hugely admirable in Angela Merkel’s determination to stick to her refugee policy. She has defended it for two years straight in the German political arena and is beating no retreat as she campaigns for a fourth term in next month’s general election. Through a punishing programme of election rallies and interviews, she has insisted that the stand she took in 2015 was the right one for Germany, and she has no regrets. Faced with a similar crisis, she would take the same decisions again.

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