Anas Modamani, a 19-year-old refugee from Damascus, was pictured in September 2015 taking a selfie with Merkel during her visit to a refugee shelter in Berlin’s Spandau district.
While no one had claimed responsibility for the attack in a video, Frank said the sequence of events evoked memories of a similar attack in the French city of Nice in July.
Monday’s attack also threatened to rekindle tensions between Merkel and Bavarian conservative allies, who have sniped at her migrant policies and demanded a cap on the number of newcomers Germany will accept
The vote came after a speech in which she struck a decidedly conservative note, telling members that she wants to stem the influx of migrants and ban face-covering veils where possible.
Party faithful from her centre-right CDU gathering for a two-day annual congress in the western city of Essen are expected to overwhelmingly re-elect Merkel as party chief.
Known for her toughness and dogged pursuance of tricky political situations, Merkel’s bid for re-election is being perceived to be a vote towards reliability and predictability.
Merkel also said Germany expects China’s market to be open to foreign investment.
Merkel is due in Beijing Sunday for her ninth visit to China.
German President Joachim Gauck said that he would not stand for a second term in February 2017.
The leader from Alternative for Germany (Afd) party said that Merkel is trying to “replace” German citizens with migrants
The approval on Friday by Turkey’s parliament to strip its members of immunity came as Erdogan seeks to prosecute members of the pro-Kurdish HDP, parliament’s third-biggest party.
The pig’s head bore a written insult against German Chancellor Angela Merkel
Monday’s meeting in Hannover, Germany, comes on the final day of Obama’s two-day visit to push for the conclusion of negotiations on a US-Europe trade deal.
More than 12 million voters are electing three new regional parliaments for the southwestern states of Baden-Wuerttemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate, as well as eastern Saxony-Anhalt in the so-called Super Sunday polls.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday called the actions of protesters who shouted abuse at a bus full of migrants “repulsive” and “unjustifiable.”