Merkel’s U-TURN?

The under-fire Christian Democratic Union (CDU) leader insisted only refugees who were “truly persecuted” would be allowed to stay in the country.

She admitted her party had lost large swathes of support to the anti-immigration party Alternative for Germany (AFD).

The AFD is forecast to beat the CDU in a regional election in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Mrs Merkel’s home state, on Sunday.

Angela MerkelGETTY

The Chancellor’s approval rating has plummeted to a five-year low

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