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Angela Merkel Is Feeling the Strain Over Migrants

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Asylum-seekers walk on the platform after getting off a train coming from Freilassing and transporting some 200 asylum-seekers as they arrive at the Schoenefeld train station near Berlin on December 24, 2015, before being dispatched to various refugee centres in or near the German capital. / AFP / John MACDOUGALL (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)
Photographer: JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images

The strain is starting to tell on Angela Merkel.

Left to climb the solitary path she’s chosen during Europe’s refugee crisis, the German chancellor mocked fellow European leaders this week for refusing to come to her aid by stalling a resettlement plan. At a private meal last month with German newspaper executives critical of her stance, she proudly served up Arab food and then bristled at a guest’s joke that the fish must have been caught by a refugee, according to a person with knowledge of the incident.