Merkel urges Germany to face down terror with cohesion, compassion

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in her New years address defends her decision in September 2015 to let in tens of thousands fleeing war from mostly Arab and Muslim nationsChancellor Angela Merkel called on Germans Saturday to hold firm to democratic values in the face of jihadist terror, urging them to counter “murderers who are full of hate” with compassion and cohesion. In her New Year’s address delivered less than two weeks after a Tunisian suspect rammed a truck into a crowded Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12 people, Merkel acknowledged it was “bitter and sickening” that the attack and others in July were carried out by asylum seekers. “As we go on with our lives and work, we tell the terrorists: You are murderers full of hate, but you will not determine how we live and want to live.

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