Angela Merkel has admitted that she effectively invited terrorists into Germany, in a pretty stunning indictment of her own policy.
The German Chancellor told a group of supporters from her Christian Democrats party that extremists had taken their chance to slip into her country.
Tensions in Germany have soared since Merkel opened the door to Middle Eastern and African migrants seeking a better life in Europe.
Little scrutiny was applied to more than a million new entrants.
Repercussions have included infamous events like the mass sex assaults in Cologne on New Year’s Eve, while a string of migrant-linked crimes including rapes in public swimming pools have further inflamed the situation.
According to Reuters, while speaking to party loyalists in east Germany, she said: “In part, the refugee flow was even used to smuggle terrorists.”