Merkel’s welcome to refugees sparks conservative backlash

via Yahoo News

Berlin (AFP) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s bold open-door policy for refugees has sparked a backlash in her conservative ranks, and a rare dip in her usually sky-high popularity ratings.

After the party-like atmosphere of recent weeks when volunteers euphorically welcomed Syrians at train stations, many have now begun more soberly reflecting on what it will mean to accept up to one million newcomers this year.

Some lawmakers in Merkel’s conservative bloc have openly criticised the gamble she has taken as she nears a decade in power, reflecting growing unease in the electorate.

Merkel, usually voted Germany’s most popular politician, slipped to fourth spot on the scale published by news weekly Der Spiegel.

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