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The flow of refugees into Germany only subsided in March 2016, when Merkel led a European Union agreement with Turkey to send back refugees sailing from Turkish shores to Greece.

Her response to the migrant crisis has inflicted political damage on her party with the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party expected to win 10% of the vote in September. "Of course, all this makes me sad, but it is a necessary step", Merkel said. Sweden and Austria also took in larger numbers of migrants earlier in the crisis but Germany, the EU's richest country, has shouldered most of the burden with Greece and Italy over the previous year.

The five countries first introduced the checks as a record wave of refugees and migrants from Syria and other Middle East countries and from Africa streamed across Europe. It took two consecutive embarrassing defeats (one in her home turf) for the chancellor to understand that the Germans have had enough of her "Wir schaffen es" (we can do it) bullshit.

In Paris, meanwhile, French President Emmanuel Macron prepared to host a summit of Europe's "big four" continental powers including Germany, as well as three African nations to tackle Europe's migrant crisis.

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Mrs Merkel says she also is interested in fostering a "migration partnership" with Niger to inhibit the smuggling of migrants through African deserts on the way to Libya. But at this point, there is little doubt that she will be in the driver's seat after the election.

He also accused Merkel of shying away from a real debate after she reportedly rejected a television network's proposals to change up the format to allow for more spontaneity when the pair face off next Sunday.

She said: "We're a democracy and everyone can freely express themselves in public the way they want". 'It's important that we don't go out of our way to avoid certain areas only because there are a bunch of people screaming'. "And not everyone is willing to ensure a fair distribution of refugees when they arrive in Europe".

"There are many issues where people have the feeling that Merkel is out of touch", Schulz said in an interview on public broadcaster ARD. Warsaw's national conservative government says its reforms are about making courts more efficient and democratic and, in a letter to the commission this week, "in line with European standards".



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