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Support for German ruling party falls over refugee influx

Backing for German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party falls to its lowest point in two years, a survey published Sunday shows, as dissatisfaction over a record refugee influx spreads.

Support for her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) drops two percentage points to 38 percent — its lowest since the last parliamentary election in September 2013, according to the latest weekly polls by newspaper Bild am Sonntag.

Almost one in two Germans (48%) believe that Merkel’s decision to open the country’s doors to those fleeing war is wrong. Those who back her stance stand at 39%.

The survey also shows political parties that have been pressing for Germany to shut its doors to refugees as gaining ground, with the populist-nationalist Alternative for Germany (AfD) and the liberal FDP both gaining one percentage point to 6% each.

Germany is expecting to receive between 800,000 and one million asylum seekers this year.

— AFP

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