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Merkel faces hot summer with wave of attacks

German Chancellor Angela Merkel gives a press conference on July 23, 2016 at the Chancellery in Berlin, one day after the attack at a shopping centre in MunichA rash of attacks in Germany has emboldened political rivals of Chancellor Angela Merkel, who blamed her liberal asylum policy Tuesday for exposing the country to a shocking week of bloodshed. Four brutal assaults in the south of the country, three of which were carried out by asylum seekers, have rattled Germans and revived a backlash against Merkel’s decision last year to open the borders to those fleeing war and persecution. “It all appeared to be going pretty well for Merkel but the situation has changed dramatically in 10 days between the Nice attack and Sunday’s suicide bomber in Ansbach,” the daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung wrote, referring to attacks in France and Germany claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group.

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