German vice chancellor rules out repeat of open-door migration policy

Germany will not again throw open its borders and simply take in refugees who are now stuck at border crossings around Europe, says Chancellor Angela Merkel's deputy.

"Germany cannot repeat this gesture, because as it turned out, we remained mostly the only ones in Europe to make it," Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel says in comments released in advance of Monday's edition of widely read German tabloid Bild.

The leader of the Social Democrat party says that Germany cannot take in 1 million refugees each year, adding that he will support Chancellor Angela Merkel at the EU-Turkey summit in Brussels on Monday in an effort to significantly reduce the influx.

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