German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a new interview that she would make the same decision again regarding her refugee policy.
“I’d make all the important decisions of 2015 the same way again,” Merkel told the Welt am Sonntag newspaper, Reuters reported Sunday.
“It was an extraordinary situation and I made my decision based on what I thought was right from a political and humanitarian standpoint.”
Merkel said those kind of “extraordinary situations happen every once in a while in a country’s history.”
“The head of government has to act and I did,” she added.
Merkel in 2015 decided to open the border to hundreds of thousands of refugees.
Merkel during the interview continued to defend that decision.
“That some countries refuse to accept any refugees is not on. That contradicts the spirit of Europe,” she said.
“We’ll overcome that. It will take time and patience but we will succeed.”
Merkel has in the past faced criticism from some who say her administration has done too much to open the country’s borders to refugees from Syria and elsewhere. On Saturday, Merkel faced rowdy protesters at a campaign event in Germany, including jeers and chants of “liar, liar.”