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Merkel Tries to Reassure Her Party over Refugees

Newspaper article International New York Times

Merkel Tries to Reassure Her Party over Refugees

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With a strong appeal to various factions in her party, Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday muted conservative criticism of opening Germany to an estimated one million refugees this year.

With maneuvering behind the scenes and a strong appeal to various factions in her party, Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday muted conservative criticism of opening Germany to an estimated one million refugees this year and insisted that Germans would succeed in absorbing the intake "because it is part of the identity of this country to do great things."

Ms. Merkel, who has just marked a decade in power, had come under fire from several blocs in her Christian Democratic Union for refusing to put a cap on the number of new arrivals. But at a party meeting, she deflected her opponents by promising that the number would drop and that refugees had to respect German law and customs.

On Sunday, she agreed to adapting a party resolution to reflect conservative concerns. That resolution was adopted late Monday with two votes against and a few abstentions. …

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