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Germany's New Migrant Crisis Threatens Merkel 

Byline: Julia Zorthian

Attacks by groups of mainly immigrant men in Cologne on hundreds of people on Dec. 31 have sparked outrage in Germany and fueled debate over the Willkommenskultur ("welcome culture") toward refugees championed by Chancellor Angela Merkel. Growing tensions have presented Merkel and Germany with fresh challenges:

Anti-immigrant sentiment has devolved into open unrest in Cologne since the year began. A march by the antirefugee Pegida movement on Jan. 10 ended in clashes with the police, and gangs have attacked Palestinian and Syrian men. A Pegida rally in Leipzig also led to rioting and 211 arrests.

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