Germany: Angela Merkel launches re-election campaign with firm stance on immigration— France 24 com

Merkel launched her re-election bid on Tuesday by lashing out at populists trying to exploit fears over the recent influx of refugees, while also taking a tough stance on integration, including a ban on full-face veils.

Merkel outlined her strategy at an annual gathering of her centre-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, which later voted to re-elect her party chairwoman with 89.5 percent of delegate votes.

Faced with a similar rise in populism that has consumed key allies abroad, Merkel vowed there would not be a repeat of last year’s record refugee influx

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