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Merkel Cites `Gratifying' Reduction in Refugee Flow to Germany

  • Chancellor campaigns in state elections as party support slips
  • Merkel's CDU behind Greens in key state as campaign wraps up

German Chancellor Angela Merkel cited a “gratifying” drop in the number of refugees entering Germany and defended her efforts to reach a deal with Turkey on migration as she made a final effort to win votes ahead of three state elections Sunday.

With polls showing support for Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union slipping, the chancellor placed her open-border refugee policy front and center on Saturday as voters in Baden-Wuerttemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saxony-Anhalt prepared to go to the polls.