He said the conservatives' campaign was simple: "We have Angela Merkel and that's enough for our future".
She said the policy was justified in that year because of the emergency situation during that particular period.
Martin Schulz, the leader of the German Social Democratic Party (SPD) and candidate for the post of German chancellor, has vowed to ask Washington to withdraw U.S. nuclear weapons from German territory if he defeats Chancellor Angela Merkel in federal elections next month.
Now that polls say she remains the overwhelming favourite to win next month's German federal elections to the Bundestag, Angela Merkel has openly shown her real arrogance once again. The defiant chancellor told the anti-refugee hecklers Berlin still welcomes asylum-seekers.
"It can not be that Europe only shows solidarity when it helps some of them", she said, adding that countries like Italy and Greece, where most refugees and illegal migrants are now arriving, should not be left alone.
"Taking holidays in the country in which you are being persecuted is not acceptable", Merkel said in the interview, adding that such a case would lead to a re-examination of an asylum decision.
"If the Minsk agreement is kept, then the requirement will be met for lifting the sanctions on Russian Federation".
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Merkel further took Gauland's comments as an opportunity to criticize CDU delegates in the regional assembly of Saxony-Anhalt for voting in favor of a AfD proposal as "politically wrong".
The commissioner, Aydan Ozoguz, has Turkish roots and had said that "a specifically German culture is, beyond the language, simply not identifiable".
Merkel lost popular support past year over worries about how Germany could absorb an influx of over 1 million migrants.
Relations between Berlin and Ankara have been in a downward spiral since last summer, when a failed coup against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sparked a crackdown on civil liberties and mass arrests of the political opposition, activists and journalists, including German citizens.
As she battles for re-election, Mrs Merkel has been subjected to ridicule and protest over her laissez-faire stance on migration.
Merkel, who spoke for approximately 90 minutes on Tuesday, warned that relations between the two countries were going through a "very complicated" phase.
Eurosceptics said Merkel's commentswere evidence of the EU's drive for more co-operation between the Member States, and that the United Kingdom was right to leave the bloc and maintain its independence.
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