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We 'will manage' challenge - Merkel

Published:Friday | July 29, 2016 | 7:00 AM
German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses the media during a news conference in Berlin, Germany yesterday.

BERLIN (AP):

Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged yesterday to do "everything humanly possible" to keep Germany safe following a string of attacks including two carried out by asylum-seekers and claimed by the Islamic State group that she said mocked the country that took in the assailants.

The attacks brought Merkel fresh criticism for her decision last year to welcome refugees. More than one million asylum-seekers were registered in Germany in 2015, although the influx has since slowed dramatically.

Merkel said at a news conference that Germany will "stick to our principles" and give shelter to those who deserve it.

"We will manage this," she said, repeating a mantra she coined last August.

Merkel called for a better "early warning system" against signs of radicalisation, faster progress on plans to create a centre to help crack encrypted messages and better international intelligence cooperation, among other measures. But she said it's too early to say in detail what more may be required beyond the tightening of asylum and security laws already undertaken in recent months.

"Wherever there are gaps, we will have to act just as we have so far so that it is clear that we are doing everything humanly possible to ensure security in our free, democratic state of law," Merkel said.

"We will do everything to clear up the barbaric acts, find the people behind them and punish them, and then we will have to decide where further measures are necessary," Merkel said.