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Berlin attack: Merkel wants more failed asylum seekers expelled

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By Euronews
Berlin attack: Merkel wants more failed asylum seekers expelled

<p>Chancellor Angela Merkel says she has told Tunisia’s President Beji Caid Essebsi in a phone call that Germany wants to speed up the deportation of failed asylum seekers and increase the number of those expelled.</p> <p>Speaking after Italian police shot dead Berlin truck attack suspect Anis Amri, himself a failed Tunisian asylum seeker, she said questions had been raised not only about the attack but also about the time before he came to Germany in July 2015.</p> <p>“We are going to check, with urgency, the extent to which government measures must be changed,” said Merkel, who is standing for a fourth term in 2017, despite waning popularity due to her open-door migrant policy.</p> <br /> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">How the Berlin truck attack will change Germany <a href="https://t.co/dlquLdPUSR">https://t.co/dlquLdPUSR</a> <a href="https://t.co/9kk64i4gNG">pic.twitter.com/9kk64i4gNG</a></p>— The Local Germany (@TheLocalGermany) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheLocalGermany/status/812312226333757441">23 décembre 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <br /> <p>Recognising the ongoing terrorist threat, she defended German society.</p> <p>“Our democracy, our constitutional state, our values, our humanity – are the opposite model to that of hatred-filled terrorism and they will be stronger than terrorism,” Merkel told reporters.</p> <p><em>with Reuters</em></p>