Determined Merkel tells Germans: refugee influx 'an opportunity'

An asylum seeker takes a selfie with Angela Merkel in Berlin on September 10, 2015Chancellor Angela Merkel stood firm on her decision to open Germany to refugees despite mounting criticism, telling citizens in her New Year’s address Thursday that the record influx is “an opportunity for tomorrow”. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government has meanwhile filed a legal challenge against the EU’s plan to distribute 160,000 asylum-seekers under a quota system.

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