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The Latest: German chancellor reinforces opposition to setting a limit to number of refugees

German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers a speech during the opening ceremony of the new high-speed rail line between Erfurt and Halle/Leipzig at the central station in Leipzig, Germany, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015. Letters in the background read: "Germany's short ways". (Sebastian Willnow/dpa via AP)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers a speech during the opening ceremony of the new high-speed rail line between Erfurt and Halle/Leipzig at the central station in Leipzig, Germany, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015. Letters in the background read: "Germany's short ways". (Sebastian Willnow/dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

The latest on the influx of people into Europe. All times local:

3:50 p.m.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has reinforced her opposition to setting a limit to the number of refugees the country can take in.

The chancellor said in an interview published Saturday by two regional papers that although she wants to reduce the number of migrants, she doesn't agree with demands within her Christian Democratic Union party to set a limit for the number of asylum seekers entering the country.

Her remarks in Badische Neueste Nachrichten and Augsburger Allgemeine came before a regular congress Monday of her conservative party amid tensions over refugee policy.

Almost one million asylum seekers have entered Germany so far this year and cities and communities have been struggling to accommodate and process the influx of people.