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In Germany, intolerance for migrants flares as the nation welcomes refugees

In Germany, intolerance for migrants flares as the nation welcomes refugees

It seemed a modest proposal, turning part of a sports center in this town of 20,000 people into a temporary shelter for about 130 migrants and refugees. Someone, however, apparently decided it would be better for none of Nauen's residents to use the center rather than let a single asylum seeker through its doors. Last week, the building was set ablaze and destroyed in a suspected arson attack — another addition to the mounting tally of assaults on facilities set up to help Germany's newest arrivals. The fire blackened not just the 4-year-old sports center but also, some residents fear, the reputation of this community just west of Berlin. "This is just blind...

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