German chancellor praises Polish treatment of refugees

Olaf Scholz (pictured R with the French President Emmanuel Macron) told reporters at the Palace of Versailles in Paris that Germany had the emotional resolve and willingness to assist and accept refugees escaping the war in Ukraine. Ian Langsdon/PAP/EPA

Germany wants to follow in the footsteps of Poles and warmly receive refugees fleeing war-torn Ukraine, the German chancellor said on Friday, after an informal two-day EU summit in Paris.

Olaf Scholz told reporters at the Palace of Versailles in Paris that Germany had the emotional resolve and willingness to assist and accept refugees escaping the war in Ukraine.

He said that Germany would do its best to prove that it was up to the task.

According to data from the German federal police, about 110,000 refugees have arrived in Germany since Russia's invasion of Ukraine, which began on February 24.

A United Nations report said, since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, 2.5 million people had fled the country to escape the war. Scholz pointed out that Poland, alone, had accepted 1.5 million refugees.

He added that this was truly a great achievement and complemented Poles on the heartfelt manner in which they received those fleeing the invasion of Poland's eastern neighbor.

"Germany will do the same," he said.