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Merkel stands by refugee open-door policy

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>> As Germany comes to grips with a series of four violent attacks in a week, the strangely absent Chancellor Merkel cut her summer holiday short for a much awaited press conference. Germany has led the way in accepting refugees, but the Chancellor's open door policy is facing increasing criticism.
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Merkel did see a bump in ratings following the shock Brexit vote, but the latest wave of attacks is likely to leave a dent. Reuters chief political correspondent Paul Carroll was at the conference in Berlin.>> Well the chancellor broke off her holiday in Northern Germany to hold this much awaited news conference here in Berlin.
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And she started off by saying the attacks over the last ten days in Germany were shocking and have broken taboos in German society.>>
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we can do this, mantra that she used when the wave of migrants came to Germany last summer.
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And she defended that policy, and also her conduct over the last ten days, which has been pretty low profile. She's been on holiday, she has not visited any of the scenes of the attacks. Merkel was peppered with questions on this point during today's news conference, she said this is something that she looks at case by case, that she'd agreed with her interior minister that he would go to Munich, and that she would go later to Munich this coming Sunday for a ceremony there in memory of all the attacks.
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She said this is something that she views case by case. And, again, she gave a very pragmatic performance today. But she is clearly there, taking a different approach to say, French President François Hollande, who's making a habit now of rushing very quickly to the scene of any attack in France.