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Merkel defends refugee policy despite political consequences

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in an interview published Sunday that she does not regret her decision to welcome hundreds of thousands of refugees into Germany in the past two years despite its negative consequences for her own political fortunes.

"I'd make all the important decisions of 2015 the same way again," Merkel said. "It was an extraordinary situation, and I made my decision based on what I thought was right from a political and humanitarian standpoint."

Merkel is expected to win a fourth term in September, though her party may lose parliamentary seats to the far-right Alternative for Germany party.