Merkel to Face Questions Over Migrant, Security Policies

Policemen arrive at a shopping centre in which a shooting was reported in Munich, southern Germany, Friday, July 22, 2016. Situation after a shooting in the Olympia shopping centre in Munich is unclear. (Matthias Balk/dpa via AP)
Policemen arrive at a shopping center in which a shooting took place in Munich, southern Germany, last Friday. (Matthias Balk/dpa via AP)

Angela Merkel is holding her annual summer news conference Thursday at which questions over her government’s policy on migrants and security are expected to dominate.

The German chancellor has faced criticism from opponents for her muted response to four violent attacks that shook the country over the past 10 days.

Two of them — an ax attack near Wuerzburg wounding five and a suicide bombing that injured 15 in Ansbach — were the first in Germany claimed by the Islamic State group. Both of the attackers were killed.

In two other attacks — a mass shooting in Munich that claimed 10 lives, including the attacker’s, and the stabbing of a woman in a restaurant in Reutlingen — the motive is still unclear.

All the attackers but the Munich shooter were asylum-seekers.