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Merkel: Europe vulnerable in refugee crisis

Monday, January 11, 2016 - 01:36

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Europe was ''vulnerable'' in the refugee crisis because it was not yet in control of the situation. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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More than 3,000 refugees arrive each day in Germany. They are fleeing war, poverty -- seeking opportunity and hope. The EU has struggled to cope. Most land in Greece or Italy before heading for wealthier northern EU states. Germany has taken in the bulk of them: more than a million last year alone. But New Years Eve attacks on women in Cologne and other German cities have prompted more than 600 criminal complaints, with suspicion resting on asylum seekers. It's putting pressure on Chancellor Angela Merkel and her open door migrant policy. (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN CHANCELLOR, ANGELA MERKEL, SAYING: "Now all of a sudden we are facing the challenge that refugees are coming to Europe and we are vulnerable, as we see, because we do not yet have the order, the control that we would like to have." And she has a message for refugees. (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN CHANCELLOR, ANGELA MERKEL, SAYING: "And we know, since the terrible events that night in Cologne, that for integration we need the openness of the society, but the refugees also need to be willing to follow our rules and values as well." A recent poll showed Merkel's popularity falling from 75 last April percent to around 58 percent now.

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Merkel: Europe vulnerable in refugee crisis

Monday, January 11, 2016 - 01:36