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Angela Merkel has faced a furious backlash over her open-doors policy on immigration after the deadly lorry attack on a Christmas market in the heart of Berlin.
The suspected radical Islamic attacker - a bogus asylum seeker who came to the country on February under a false name - murdered 12 and injured dozens gathered at the market last night.
Chancellor - Merkel - Pressure - People - Conflict
German chancellor Merkel, 62, has come under huge political pressure for allowing nearly a million people fleeing conflict and poverty in the Middle East and Africa to arrive in the country this year and last.
And last night she faced an anger from the far-right anti-migration Alternative for Germany (AfD) party with prominent member Marcus Pretzell tweeting: 'When will the German state of law strike back? When will this cursed hypocrisy finally stop? These are Merkel's dead! (hash)Nice (hash)Berlin.'
Record - Influx - Migrants - Months - Merkel
The record influx of migrants in the last 12 months has hit Merkel's popularity ratings and boosted support for the AfD with the 62-year-old having recently announced her intention to stand for re-election again next year.
The German leader has staked much of her political capital in opening up Germany's doors to refugees and in doing so divided a reunited land.
Act - Humanity - Borne - Part - Germany
What began as an act of great humanity, borne in part out of Germany's lingering guilt for the Second World War, has morphed into a political nightmare for Merkel.
The news that Monday night's attacker is a Pakistani or Afghani asylum seeker - known to police as a petty criminal but not as an Islamic fanatic - ahead of her bid for a fourth term in office next year may be the final nail in the coffin of her ambitions.
Attacker - Truck - Halt
It now seems certain that the attacker - who fled from the Polish truck after it came to a halt and was later arrested - killed...
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