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Merkel facing pressure over refugee policy after regional election 'debacle'

By Agencies in Berlin | China Daily | Updated: 2016-03-15 07:53

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was facing fresh pressure on Monday after a regional election drubbing described as a "debacle" over her liberal refugee policy.

Merkel's Christian Democratic Union was at the receiving end of voters' anger, suffering defeats in two out of three states in regional elections - including its traditional stronghold Baden-Wuerttemberg.

The stinging result for the conservative CDU was accompanied by a surge in backing for the right-wing populist Alternative for Germany, or AfD, which had sparked outrage by suggesting police may have to shoot at migrants to stop them entering the country.

Merkel facing pressure over refugee policy after regional election 'debacle'

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