German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) greets Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos prior to talks at the chancellery in in Berlin on January 18, 2016. AFP / John MACDOUGALL
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Chancellor Angela Merkel's transport minister has urged her to prepare to close Germany's borders to stem an influx of asylum seekers, arguing that Berlin must act alone if it cannot reach a Europe-wide deal on refugees.Alexander Dobrindt said Germany could no longer show the world a "friendly face" -- a phrase used by Merkel as refugees began pouring into Germany last summer -- and that if the number of new arrivals did not drop soon, Germany should act alone.Dobrindt rejected Merkel's argument that closing borders would jeopardise the European project.
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