Merkel to "drastically decrease" number of refugees coming to Germany

The German chancellor, who will address a congress of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) today, has faced criticism from allies within her party after she refused to place a cap on the number of refugees accepted, a figure expected to total 340,000 this year.

“At the same time we took on board the concerns of the people, who are worried about the future, and this means we want to reduce, we want to drastically decrease the number of people coming to us,” she told radio station ARD…

Ms Merkel said strategies to reduce numbers would be focussed on fighting traffickers, improving the situation in Turkey and strengthening the EU’s outer borders.