Violent Protests in Cologne Test Merkel's Response on Refugees

  • City police break up right-wing Pegida demonstration
  • Merkel has sought easier expulsion of law-breaking migrants

Right-wing populist groups gather to protest in Cologne, on Jan. 9, 2015.

Photographer: Sascha Schuermann/Getty Images

The New Year’s Eve sexual assaults that prompted German Chancellor Angela Merkel to consider changes in refugee policy drew violent protests on Saturday that police had to break up with water cannons.

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