“Islam is not like Christianity. It is a life model, we can’t argue them away. It is not enough to say that Islam belongs to Germany.”
According to official figures, nearly 1.1million refugees arrived in Germany in 2015, with a further 300,000 expected this year.
But Mrs Merkel’s open-door policy has sparked a major backlash in recent months, with her approval rating plummeting to a five-year low.