Merkel Shifts to Law-and-Order Stance in Appeal to Regain Voters

  • Chancellor cites crime, Islamist terrorism as key challenges
  • Approval rating in slump as eastern state election looms

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, and German Vice Chancellor, Economy and Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel arrive for a weekly cabinet meeting on Aug. 17, 2016 at the Chancellery in Berlin.

Photographer: TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP via Getty Images

Chancellor Angela Merkel said fighting crime and Islamist terror will be key challenges for years, adopting a law-and-order stance after attacks in Germany eroded her approval rating.

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