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Merkel's Refugee Woes Unbroken as Sexual-Assault Reports Rise

  • Anti-immigration backlash spurs street violence in Cologne
  • Chancellor's open-door stance faces forces beyond her control
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Germany Questions Merkel's Open-Door Refugee Policy

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel surely can’t take many more weeks like the last one.

Merkel’s open-door refugee policy has been blown open with the revelation of the New Year’s Eve sexual assaults, feeding opposition to migrants and widening the risks the chancellor faces at the start of 2016. With the number of women filing complaints soaring to more than 500 and the police seeking suspects, the latest stage in the crisis is still unfolding.