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Oktoberfest opens in Munich with refugee crisis on doorstep

Six million revellers are expected at the world's biggest beer festival, along with a refugee influx

Oktoberfest was originally held in October, as the name suggests, to celebrate a royal wedding but was brought forward by one month to take advantage of better weather.


MUNICH tapped the keg last Saturday on the world's biggest beer festival, Oktoberfest, with six million revellers expected just as the German city is grappling with a record refugee influx.

The celebration of traditional Bavarian culture with its oompah music and beloved