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Merkel says Germany has ‘no-go areas;’ gov’t won’t say where

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a news conference with the President of Serbia Aleksander Vucic after a meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018. (Markus Schreiber / Associated Press)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a news conference with the President of Serbia Aleksander Vucic after a meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018. (Markus Schreiber / Associated Press)
Associated Press

BERLIN – German officials have been left speechless by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s comment that there are “no-go areas” in the country.

The notion there are places in Germany outsiders – including police – can’t visit has previously been dismissed by officials.

In an interview Monday with German broadcaster n-tv, Merkel said she favors a zero tolerance policy on crime and that includes preventing no-go areas, “that’s areas where nobody dares to go.”

She added: “There are such areas and one has to call them by their name and do something about them.”

Asked to name the areas, Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert told reporters Wednesday that “the chancellor’s words speak for themselves.”

Interior Ministry spokesman Johannes Dimroth likewise declined to identify no-go areas, saying security was a matter for local not federal authorities.

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