Like many refugees at the time, a Syrian refugee took a selfie with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in 2015. Photo montages were later made of him and posted on Facebook, depicting him as a high-profile criminal.
The number of closed murder cases involving a "non-German" suspect rose by 33 percent in 2017, according to authorities. Riots in Chemnitz have fueled a debate about the link between foreign nationals and murder.
Right-wingers in Angela Merkel's coalition have slammed her eurozone budget deal with Emmanuel Macron over asylum policy. The criticism came as she attended a World Refugee Day event with her hard-line interior minister.
If there is one thing Angela Merkel can depend on, it's a broadside from Donald Trump. The US president has interfered in the German government's asylum crisis. That won't bring the chancellor down, says Jens Thurau.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Interior Minister Horst Seehofer are at odds over Seehofer's strict refugee policy. How do refugees in Germany view the issue?
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