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Christian Wulff

German refugee welcome contrasts with cold reception in '90s

Crowds greet trainloads of migrants with applause, candy and toys. A provincial town's mayor wants to take in more refugees. Top conservative politicians say Germany needs young immigrants.

It's a contrast with a frosty reception when migrant arrivals in Germany last spiked in the 1990s and mainstream politicians rushed to tighten asylum rules, while the country's top-selling newspaper asked: "The flood is rising — when will the boat sink?"

Germany expects 800,000 new migrants to arrive this year, nearly twice the previous record. And while attacks on homes for refugees and anti-migrant protests have caused widespread alarm, the broader atmosphere has been...

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