Pressure builds on Merkel to close borders as support slides

German Chancellor Merkel attends a session of the German lower house of parliament, the Bundestag, in BerlinBy Madeline Chambers BERLIN (Reuters) – A group of conservative lawmakers urged Angela Merkel to reverse her open-door refugee policy as a poll showed a slide in support for her bloc on Tuesday, raising the stakes for a German chancellor exposed by deep rifts in her right-left coalition. Conservative allies in Bavaria, the entry point for most migrants, are regularly breaking ranks and criticism is also mounting from her Social Democrat (SPD) coalition partners. It also put the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD), which campaigns against refugees, up 1 point at 12.5 percent.


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