Germany's Merkel stands by refugee policy after 'terrifying' attacks


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German Chancellor Angela Merkel described recent attacks in Germany and across Europe as "shocking, depressing and terrifying," but refused to back down on her open-door refugee policy that has attracted criticism following three recent assaults in the country.

Germany has been rattled by four attacks in the past two weeks, three of which authorities say appear to have been carried out by asylum seekers or refugees with inspiration from Islamist extremism.

"Those refugees who carry out attacks mock the country that took them in," she said. Although she did not roll back on her open-door refugee policy, she said the country "must improve the process for repatriation of migrants."

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