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Divisions showing on German unification day

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]. East and West reunified 26 years ago, but Germany in many ways is still a country racked by division. Merkel must go. Hundreds of right wing protestors chanting at the German Chancellor in the East German City, Dresden, as she arrived for unification day celebrations. They're against her welcoming migration policy, and want her to resign.
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She said Germany could cope with the migrant influx and that its aging population would benefit from it. But in September, she admitted she wishes she could turn back the clock. Reuters' special correspondent Noah Barkin in Berlin says that was an important attempt at mending fences.>> People are calling Merkel's appearance a mea culpa, but in reality, this was more of a rhetorical shift than a substantive one in order to get her conservative allies on board.
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They've been attacking her for the better part of a year. Merkel is doing this now because time is running out. In December, she's expected to make a decision on whether she runs again. In order to do that, she needs to have the Christian Social Union, her Bavarian allies, on board.
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>> Many here are from the anti-Islam Pegida, a group that swelled in popularity since Germany began to implement Merkel's decision to accept refugees. A tide that could exceed a million this year. On the sidelines, counterdemonstrators calling them Nazi scum, and telling them to go home. It's a public spotlight on new divisions within Germany, and will be a tense topic for Merkel if she wants to see another term.