Merkel firm on refugee stance despite vote 'debacle'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a press conference with Christian Democratic Union candidates at the CDU's headquarters in Berlin on March 14, 2016German Chancellor Angela Merkel stood firm Monday on her refugee policy, despite a drubbing in regional elections described as a “debacle” in which disgruntled voters turned to the anti-migrant AfD. Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) was at the receiving end of voter anger, suffering defeats in two out of three states in Sunday’s elections — including in traditional stronghold Baden-Wuerttemberg. The stinging result for the conservative CDU was accompanied by a surge in backing for the right-wing populist Alternative for Germany (AfD), which had sparked outrage by suggesting police may have to shoot at migrants to stop them entering the country.

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