Merkel to Germans rattled by rising anti-Muslim views: Immigrants are an ‘opportunity’

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel poses after recording her New Year's speech in the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, December 30, 2015. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

German Chancellor Angela Merkel poses after recording her New Year's speech in the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, December 30, 2015. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

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In her New Year's address, the German chancellor said the country will ultimately benefit from the influx of migrants, many of them Muslims fleeing war in the Middle East.