File photo of German Chancellor Angela Merkel addressing a news conference after the Valletta Summit on Migration, in Valletta, Malta, November 12, 2015. REUTERS/Yves Herman/Files
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Immigration can enrich Germany and even jog Germans to learn more about Christianity, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday, shrugging aside the growing unease in her coalition over the influx of nearly a million migrants this year.Speaking a day after the far-right National Front pulled off a historic win in neighboring France, Merkel lauded the contribution to Germany's economy and society of the "Gastarbeiter" (guest workers) who came in the postwar decades.Shortly after Merkel spoke, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere told a news conference that some 965,000 asylum seekers had arrived in Germany this year as of the end of November.In championing the benefits of immigration, Merkel has shown a marked turnaround from her position just five years ago.
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