Merkel faces domestic revolt over refugee welcome

Newly arrived immigrants are pre-registered, allowing them to be bussed to a newly opened asylum seeker registration centre, at the Office of Health and Social Affairs LAGESO in Berlin on October 15, 2015Germany’s Angela Merkel is used to owning the room when she speaks to her party faithful, but the mood turned hostile when she defended her open-door refugee policy this week. In a heated atmosphere, some of the 1,000-odd members at the meeting warned of a “national disaster” and demanded shuttering the borders as Germany expects up to one million migrants this year. “Stop the refugee chaos — save German culture + values — dethrone Merkel,” read a banner at the congress late Wednesday in the eastern state of Saxony, the home base for the anti-foreigner PEGIDA movement.

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