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Merkel Prepares Germans for Historic Challenge of Refugee Crisis

  • Chancellor lambasted on refugees as party members vent anger
  • Merkel put on defensive in `biggest task I've faced'
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel, facing growing criticism from within her own party for her handling of the refugee crisis, urged lawmakers to prepare for the long haul as asylum seekers continue to surge into Europe.

“It’s not an exaggeration to describe this task as a historic test for Europe,” Merkel said in a speech to parliament in Berlin Thursday ahead of a European Union summit. “I expect from this council that everyone does his part.”