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    Migrant Crisis Emboldens German Hate Preachers

    They’ve crossed a line. The head of the Alternative for Germany party recently said border guards should use guns to stop refugees — even women and children, added one of her colleagues. The comments signal an extreme right turn for the purportedly Euroskeptic group, enough to earn the disavowal of fellow party leaders. But AfD is the Federal Republic’s most popular political faction outside the governing coalition, and its appeal threatens to harden the way some Germans — long restrained by their brutal history — talk about immigration and ethnicity.

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