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Angela Merkel stands firm on refugee crisis - but admits solution 'needs time'

"I am firmly convinced, and that wasn't questioned today, that we need a European solution and that this solution needs time"

Loulla-Mae Eleftheriou-Smith reporting for The Independent: Even if some of us don't agree with her policies, it's hard not to admire the sheer amount of determination that drives the German leader to stick with her policy on migrants, even though Merkel’s ruling conservatives suffered embarrassing losses to the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany party, AfD, which powered into three state legislatures on Sunday.

However, Ms. Merkel is not oblivious to problems that are arising with the never stopping influx of migrants.

Earlier today, Ms. Merkel insisted a European solution needed to be found to the crisis.

"I am firmly convinced, and that wasn't questioned today, that we need a European solution and that this solution needs time," she said.

More than 1.1 million refugees entered Germany in the past 10 months. In February, the German cabinet approved a package of measures to speed up the process of those entering the country and seeking asylum.

But for some, the words alone are just not enough. The most visible critic of the German chancellor, Bavarian governor Horst Seehofer, continued to criticize Merkel's policy on immigration, even though the CDU’s general secretary said the polls showed the Chancellor’s popularity is rebounding.

Government spokesman Steffen Seibert said Germany will continue to “pursue its refugee policy at home and abroad.”

By Stefan Paraber for GIA

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