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Merkel buys time on refugee crisis after defusing coalition spat

Saturday, January 30, 2016 - 05:50
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LIMITED OPTIONS: Mrs Merkel's pledge to reduce the number of newcomers in 2016 will hinge on persuading Turkey and European Union member states to act.

Berlin

GERMAN Chancellor Angela Merkel won time to reach a Europe-wide solution to the region's refugee crisis after securing a deal to defuse a spat with her coalition partners that threatened her chancellorship.

The pact between Mrs Merkel's Christian Democratic-led bloc and the