The Lonely Chancellor Merkel Under Fire as Refugee Crisis Worsens

Until recently, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was considered to be the most powerful politician in Europe. But now, her approach to the refugee crisis has her under fire at home and in Brussels. Can she survive? By SPIEGEL Staff
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is facing significant blowback over her refugee policies.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is facing significant blowback over her refugee policies.

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Photo Gallery: Fear and Loathing
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Photo Gallery: Fear and Loathing

Photo Gallery: Feeling the Strain
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Photo Gallery: Feeling the Strain

Chancellery Chief of Staff Peter Altmaier remains a staunch supporter of Merkel's refugee policies.

Chancellery Chief of Staff Peter Altmaier remains a staunch supporter of Merkel's refugee policies.

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Bavarian State Premier Horst Seehofer (right) invited Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán (left) to speak in Bavaria in September, thumbing his nose at Chancellor Merkel.

Bavarian State Premier Horst Seehofer (right) invited Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán (left) to speak in Bavaria in September, thumbing his nose at Chancellor Merkel.

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Graphic: Heading for Conflict

Graphic: Heading for Conflict

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At a protest on Oct. 10 held by the Alternative for Germany, a right-wing populist party, in Freilassing, the a border city where many of the thousands of refugees are arriving, a demonstrator held up a sign reading: "That is not my chancellor."

At a protest on Oct. 10 held by the Alternative for Germany, a right-wing populist party, in Freilassing, the a border city where many of the thousands of refugees are arriving, a demonstrator held up a sign reading: "That is not my chancellor."

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Protesters with the Alternative for Germany Party at a demonstration in Berlin on Saturday hold up signs with slogans like, "Clear rules are needed for immigration," "Limit immigration" or "Mrs. Merkel, this isn't your country! Resign!"

Protesters with the Alternative for Germany Party at a demonstration in Berlin on Saturday hold up signs with slogans like, "Clear rules are needed for immigration," "Limit immigration" or "Mrs. Merkel, this isn't your country! Resign!"

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