Arrest of refugee in rape and murder in Germany threatens Merkel’s immigration policy


From The Los Angeles Times:

The arrest of a 17-year-old Afghan refugee suspected of raping and murdering a young German medical student turned into a political maelstrom Monday, with opponents pointing to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision last year to welcome more than a million migrants into the country.

Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel tried to calm the brewing storm by insisting it was unfair to blame all refugees from Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq for a single criminal act,  but the fallout from the murder of 19-year-old medical student Maria Ladenburger nonetheless left the government on the defensive.

Merkel allies warned the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, which has become a powerful new political force on the far right, against trying to use the case to score political points as the September 2017 election campaign is getting under way.”


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