In a New Year Eve address Merkel urges Germans to combat ISIS terrorists with love and compassion.
The embattled Chancellor, who is surrounded by armed guards around the clock and travels everywhere in a bullet-proof car, said terrified citizens should meet the ISIS terror threat with “openness”.
Her remarks come less than two weeks after a failed asylum seeker drove an articulated truck into families at a Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12 and seriously injuring dozens more.
The shocking tragedy, which followed a spate of jihadi terror attacks earlier this year, has heaped yet more pressure on Mrs Merkel’s hated open door migration policy.
But in her annual New Year’s Eve address the under-fire leader was unrepentant, insisting that ordinary Germans should continue to attend public events despite the risk to their own lives.
She said she was “so convinced” that Germany would emerge from its migrant chaos stronger, and bizarrely stated that the public mourning following the Berlin attack had filled her with confidence for the country’s future.
Speaking on national TV she said: “So what of the confidence that I spoke of at the beginning? Confidence in the midst of deep grief for the dead and injured?
“I think we could feel it here in Berlin and in many other German cities even in these difficult days – in the comfort that we were able to give or to receive.
“And in our firm determination to counter the terrorists’ hate with our humanity and our solidarity.
“By carrying on with our lives and our work, we are saying to terrorists ‘you are murderers, full of hate, but you do not determine how we live and want to live. We are free, humane, open’.”
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