Merkel receives Eugen Bolz award for refugee policy
"It is a bit strange because I got used to live in a struggle … Europe is so strong now only because we help it to remain united," Merkel said, as quoted by the DPA news agency.
Germany has been the key destination for thousands of refugees and immigrants coming to Europe since the start of 2015. Some 280,000 refugees came to Germany in 2016, compared to 890,000 arrivals in the previous year, according to the German Interior Ministry. The majority of the asylum seekers are from Syria and Afghanistan.