The German premier admitted she could have been better prepared for the influx of migrants last year.
She added if she knew how people wanted her to change her migrant policy she would consider it.
And she admitted Germany had not been “world champions” in integrating migrants in the past, saying it would take time to integrate them.
Monday’s defeat is the second in two weeks, with the Chancellor being defeated in her own constituency in the state of Mecklenburg-Western-Pomerania.
Mrs Merkel said she wished she could turn back time to change her open-door migrant policy of 2015
Sounding particularly conciliatory, Mrs Merkel added that if the wish of the German people was for the country not to be swamped with uncontrolled and unregulated migration “then that is exactly what I am fighting for”.
Right-wing party, the Alternative for Germany (AfD), made big gains during the weekend’s state elections as Germans reacted to Mrs Merkel’s policy.
The German Chancellor said her party needed to reach out to AfD supporters and she is still motivated to lead the country and her party.
Members of the AfD celebrated their win over the CDU in Berlin
“The saying ‘we can do this’ is part of my political work. I really don’t want to repeat it anymore. Some feel provoked by this sentence but it wasn’t meant that way.
“If people decide that they do not want to take in people of a Muslim belief then the constitution, the Christian values and my personal opinion will be opposed to that.
“Since then we have tried with all our might to shape, organise and regulate and much has already been achieved with this, very much.
“Still, I am aware that many areas are still lacking.”
Despite the devastating double defeat, the Chancellor said she had the “absolutely certain feeling that Germany will come out of this difficult phase better than it entered it”.
Mrs Merkel has faced serious criticism, with EU President Tusk blaming her for the migrant crisis
If I could, I would turn back the time by many, many years
A backlash against her migrant policy has raised questions about whether Merkel, Europe’s most powerful leader, will stand for a fourth term next year. Given a dearth of options in her party, however, she is still the most likely candidate.
Asked whether she will run again next year, Merkel smiled and declined to comment. She said she was still motivated.
She said that if the wish of the German people was for the country not to be swamped with uncontrolled and unregulated migration “then that is exactly what I am fighting for”.
The anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD), which with 14 percent of the vote will enter its 10th of the country’s 16 regional assemblies, said it would target a double digit score in next year’s national vote after the “terrific” Berlin result.
“More and more people are convinced and recognising that we are a real alternative not just for Berlin but for Germany,” AfD co-leader Joerg Meuthen told a news conference in the capital.
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