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Merkel to Face Lawmaker Calls to Tighten Refugee Policy

  • German chancellor portrays EU disunity as existential threat
  • Renewed fallout from migrant crisis roils German government
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Merkel Courts Government Crisis in Refugee Clash With Allies
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel said disunity over migration risks becoming an existential threat to the European Union, just as she faces renewed political strife at home over border security.

“The question whether we can tackle illegal migration within the European Union is maybe the most fateful question for Europe’s cohesion,” Merkel told a business conference in Berlin late Tuesday. “The common market will only continue to exist -- and the common market is the very basis for the European Union -- if we are able to defend our external borders.”