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During a conference on Monday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel made her opposition to Donald Trump’s immigration ban clear.

Here is what Angela Merkel’s spokesperson, Steffen Seibert said:

 The chancellor regrets the US government’s entry ban against refugees and the citizens of certain countries.

She is convinced that even the necessarily resolute fight against terrorism does not justify placing people of a certain background or a certain faith under general suspicion.

The Geneva refugee convention requires the international community to take in war refugees on humanitarian grounds. All signatory states are obligated to do. The German government explained this policy in their call yesterday.

For comparison, here's Downing Street's much shorter response:

Immigration policy in the United States is a matter for the government of the United States, just the same as immigration policy for this country should be set by our government.

But we do not agree with this kind of approach and it is not one we will be taking.

Well then, let's not all clamber to criticise at once.

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