Candidate of the German Social Democrats, SPD, for the upcoming election Martin Schulz delivers a speech where he presented his plan for the future in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, July 16, 2017. (Maurizio Gambarini/dpa via AP)
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Germany needs to take action now to prevent a re-run of 2015, when some 890,000 migrants arrived in the country, Chancellor Angela Merkel's Social Democrat challenger for a September election told Reuters on Sunday.Martin Schulz, whose Social Democrats (SPD) are lagging far behind Merkel in the polls ahead of a Sept. 24 election, warned against a repeat scenario after more than 93,000 mainly sub-Saharan African and Bangladeshi migrants have arrived by boat in southern Italy so far in 2017, up 17 percent on the same period last year.The latest Emnid poll showed Merkel's conservatives on 38 percent and the SPD on 25 percent.
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