“I myself have also relied on the Dublin agreement for a long time, that, simply speaking, removed the problem from Germany.
“That was not good. And if I could I would turn back time for many, many years to be able to better prepare myself with the entire government and all those responsible for this situation that hit us when we were rather unprepared in the late summer of 2015.
“Since then we have tried with all our might to shape, organise and regulate and much has already been achieved with this, very much.
“Still, I am aware that many areas are still lacking.”
Despite the devastating double defeat, the Chancellor said she had the “absolutely certain feeling that Germany will come out of this difficult phase better than it entered it”.