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June 10, 2018

A GIRL’S KILLING SHAKES GERMANY’S MIGRATION DEBATE:

It was a gruesome murder: A 14-year-old girl was raped and strangled, her body buried under brushwood in a secluded area near the railway tracks near her hometown in western Germany.

But the fact that the chief suspect is an Iraqi asylum seeker has turned a terrible crime into political dynamite.

On Friday, the case dominated the German news media and became the latest cudgel for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s opponents and, some predicted, a potential turning point in the migration debate in a country where some 10,000 asylum seekers still enter every month.

Maybe it’s just me, but I always get a little nervous whenever Germany undergoes one of its periodic “fundamental transformations,” to paraphrase Mr. Obama.